On Tuesday, October 7, the Port Clinton City Council Planning and Development Committee held an open forum meeting to hear residents, organizations and businesses opinions on Issue 6. Issue 6 is a ballot initiative that has proposed City residents have a separate vote in a general election on the leasing and/or selling of City park land.
The Planning and Development Committee, comprised of Council members Mike Snider, Gabe Below and Nicole DeFreitas, heard seven speakers. The first speaker was Larry Fletcher, Executive Director of Lake Erie Shores & Islands, and he spoke on the economic impact of tourism on the local economy. Over 43 million dollars in federal, state and city taxes have impacted the area due to tourism.