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.