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The front page of The Beacon March 27: Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development; 84% to 16%. If there were a contest for joke of the year, this would be a sure winner. There has only been one vote that truly told what the citizens thought about developing the citizens’ park and that was voting day when Vince Leone was elected mayor; an unknown running against one of the most popular mayors Port Clinton has even had.

Mr. Leone won because he never once said he wanted to develop the citizens’ park. He said what citizens, like myself, wanted to hear. Our ex-mayor lost because she wanted to develop the citizens’ park. So let us forget all these silly little surveys and pay attention to the one that all the citizens voted on.

Now we hear about 585 new jobs that will pay an average of $18,800 a year. Even if this is true, these are not the kind of jobs that will have people moving into Port Clinton. These are the kinds of jobs that have people moving out of Port Clinton. 585 new jobs that will average $18,800 a year, now that is a good joke, but let us get serious,  folks; what would we do with 585 new jobs when we can’t fill the jobs that are available now?

Drive down Perry Street and look at all the help wanted signs and tell me, do we need more of these jobs?

You citizens have asked why I stopped writing letters to the editor, I never stopped, I just can’t get them all published anymore. From now on I will try to get my letters in all three local papers. Tell me, citizens, do you really want West Perry Street to look like East Perry Street? Let us vote on it.

Bob Walls Sr.
Port Clinton

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Rising tide raises all boats

There seems to be two perspectives regarding the Waterworks Park project: a group that wants to live in the present status quo of what IS and those, who want to preserve that status quo, and embrace the future with a vision of what COULD BE.

The former group, with all good intentions, wants to preserve what their hard work and experiences have brought them. While the latter group wants to build on that heritage and at the same time create a new life of abundant possibilities for themselves and their families.

Tourism and technology are among the largest and fastest growing industries on earth; both offering almost incalculable possibilities and unlimited opportunities. The $60,000,000 vision presented by Mr. Rose and his team and overwhelmingly endorsed by the city council has no doubt caused the citizens of Port Clinton to rethink their priorities.

For those who feel we will be “paving paradise and putting up a parking lot” we say quit “sitting on the dock of the bay wastin’ time.” I’ve heard that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer; while this may be true elsewhere in the world, it certainly isn’t true in America. After all, living at the lake it should be obvious that a rising tide raises all boats.

Lurking in the aforementioned lament that the poor get poorer lays the stuff of fear… and as we all know fear builds walls, not bridges. Let us, in the spirit of Ronald Regan tear down the wall of fear and start building a bridge to the abundant possibilities that await our future and the future of those coming after us.

May all who come behind us find us faithful.

Bill and Claudia O’Donnell
Catawba Island

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Residents overwhelmingly in favor of development

From Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m. to Tuesday, March 25 at 8 a.m. the Beacon conducted a survey concerning the development of Waterworks Park and the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton. Representatives of the Beacon were sent also into the community to personally ask people’s opinions and have then take the survey on Monday, March 24 during the day. Representatives went to the Sutton Center, Madison Street and Second Street.

367 people responded to the survey; 63 people were personally polled in the community. When participants were asked if they were for or against the development of Waterworks Park 84% (303) answered they were in favor and 16% (50) said they were against development. When polled about the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton, participants answered 99% (361) in favor of revitalization and 1% (3) against.

The survey, which was a short 6 questions, was designed to be short and straight to the point. There are a lot of different opinions on how and what to do with the development, but, as the survey states, the people of the area want SOMETHING done.

In a further break down of the question, participants were asked what their thoughts were on the development and revitalization: yes please go forward, leaning yes but would like more information, no opinion, leaning no but want more information and absolutely not.

Of the 367 surveyed about their thoughts on the development of Waterworks Park:

•241 said yes please go forward
•71 said they were leaning yes but wanted more information
•3 said no opinion
•23 said they were leaning no but wanted more information
•29 said they no absolutely not

Of the 367 surveyed about their thoughts on the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton:

•299 said yes please go forward
•63 said they were leaning yes but wanted more information
•3 said no opinion
•1 said they were leaning no but wanted more information
•1 said no absolutely not

Those surveyed in age were: 3% 18-24, 19% 25-34, 23% 35-44, 20% 45-54, 21% 65-74, 12% 65-74 and 1% 75 or older.

The survey was also given to Port Clinton High School students in Mr. Scalf’s Social Studies classes. The answers of the students varied from those in the community, but still had the same end result. In regards to the development of Waterworks Park: 69% of students voted they were for development, 2% had no opinion and 29% were against. When polled about the revitalization of downtown Port Clinton: 89% of students were for revitalization, 1% had no opinion and 10% were against.

 

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