On November 20 of last year, following many months of public meetings and dickering with city officials, Mayor Leone agreed to allow the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy to place our historic lighthouse on the lakefront north of Derby Pond. Shortly thereafter it was learned that the swath of land along the shoreline between the east pier and the wetlands, which included the plot of land upon which the lighthouse would rest, was “formerly submerged lands.” As a result, the city was required to obtain a submerged lands lease from the state before this property could be used for any purpose.
Working with a local architectural firm, the Conservancy prepared the required submerged lands lease application that the city ultimately approved, signed, and submitted to the Office of Coastal Management early this past summer. One of requirements of the lease application was a city council resolution approving the lease. The council passed this resolution in December. The State Office of Coastal Management reviewed the city’s application and on July 29 forwarded to the city the lease documents for signature.