Why isn't there public access on water by Ogontz Street?
Sandusky resident Tim Schwanger, a waterfront watchdog fighting for public access, provided the following response:
The city purchased the property in question from the railroad in the mid-1970 for pedestrian/street use.
There have been several attempts by the Waterfront Watchdogs, predecessor to Save Our Shoreline Parks, to convince the city to incorporate this particular parcel into the Sandusky Bay Pathway (a bikepath running parellel to Sandusky Bay) as called for in the Sandusky Bay Pathway master plan.
Each time this issue is discussed, adjacent property owners complain, and the issue is dropped.
In the most recent attempt, the city had agreed to install a privacy fence with individual gates for adjacent property owners and a gazebo for their personal use. Property owners scoffed at the idea. Save Our Shoreline Parks has suggested an access point from the north by installing a lift bridge behind City Hall in the location of the old drawbridge over to the pier track. There are several bridge designs which will not interfere with boat traffic.