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Port Clinton Road bridge work begins Tuesday

Fremont News-Messenger, 9/1/06

 

Construction begins Tuesday on the Port Clinton Road bridge over Muskellunge Creek.  The road will be closed to through traffic from Northcrest Drive to Schwartz Drive until Nov. 15.  The bridge is a federally funded project.  Fort Defiance Construction will construct the bridge at a cost of $631,586.35.

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From the 9/13/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Five apartments have sold in old City Hall

News Herald reports

 

PORT CLINTON -- The buyers of old City Hall said Tuesday they already have sold five of the 19 available apartments that will occupy the limestone landmark once renovation begins sometime within the next year.

 

Grafton attorney Donald E. Longwell Jr., a co-owner of the building, told council during its Tuesday meeting the goal is to start building apartments by year's end. If everything goes well, people can start moving in sometime this spring or early summer.

 

More at:

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060913/NEWS01/609130321/1002/rss01

 

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From the 9/15/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Port Clinton site to house 19 condos by summer '07

By JIM SIELICKI

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

PORT CLINTON - A Lorain County firm that specializes in developing new uses for old buildings plans to have 19 condominiums in Port Clinton's historic City Hall and fire station ready for occupancy by next summer.

 

Ken Bublinec, president of a construction firm associated with Lighthouse Historic Development of Grafton, Ohio, said yesterday the exterior of the downtown landmark will be preserved.

 

More at:

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From the 9/15/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Marblehead shopping center planned

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

MARBLEHEAD -- Downtown has the potential to be a mecca for locals and tourists seeking unique stores and outdoor, waterfront dining, a developer said.  Bob Keller, Marblehead resident and former Bay Point Marina co-owner, plans to build a $1 million themed shopping center that he wants popular village diner Marblehead Galley to anchor on Main Street.

 

"(People) can always go to a mall," Keller said. "They're trying to get where it'd be a destination. It's got to be unique."  The center would be built at the current Galley location, 718 W. Main St., he said.  He would tear down the building and put the restaurant into the 1,400-square-foot center.

 

Full story at http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060915/NEWS01/609150301/1002/rss01

 

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New park in the works

Port Clinton News Herald, 9/26/06

 

Within the next few years, Port Clinton officials will open a new park for open-field sporting events on the city's east end.  Workers finished clearing brush and trees Monday at the future site of East Gate Park, a 2.76-acre stretch of land that sits between City Hall and Lakeview Estates apartments, said Jennifer Burris, city administrative assistant.

 

Mayor Tom Brown said Port Clinton bought the property from Ottawa County in 2000 using $31,360 from an Ohio Nature Works grant. The total amount of that grant was unavailable, but he thought it was about $40,000.  The park is intended, he said, to give children who live in Lakeview Estates a place to play near their homes.

 

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From the 9/29/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

Otterbein North Shore breaks ground for a new concept in nursing homes

News Herald reports

 

Otterbein North Shore had a groundbreaking Tuesday for a Licensed Nursing Home, which will be built at its 9400 North Shore Boulevard location.  This nursing home will be a new concept in nursing care and will complete a continuum of care on this campus, one of five Otterbein Homes' sites throughout Ohio.

 

This home will be named the Jane Baker House. When Jane Baker of Catawba heard that Otterbein North Shore was raising funds to purchase ten nursing beds and build a nursing home she told husband, Lee she'd like to help. Learning more about the new concept convinced them they had made the right decision. "I like the idea. It just makes sense to me," said Lee.

 

More at http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060929/NEWS01/609290316/1002/rss01

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From the 10/6/06 Toledo Blade:

 

Ohio EPA OKs destruction of wetlands for boat slips

 

MIDDLE BASS ISLAND, Ohio — State regulators yesterday authorized the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to destroy 4.25 acres of wetlands so it can increase the number of boat slips at the island’s marina.  The permit was issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

 

The Ohio DNR, which owns the marina, has agreed to create, enhance, or protect 42.96 acres of new or existing wetlands to compensate for the loss. The state, which has acquired 141 acres on Middle Bass since 2001, is spending $11.4 million on the marina and related improvements to the island. When completed, the marina — which now has 130 boat slips — will have 360.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061006/NEWS17/61006012/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/5/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

PHOTO: Alvada Construction is nearing completion of the new MRDD administration building in Lakewinds Industrial Park in Salem Township. The new office is scheduled to open Nov. 22.  Polly Ann Bauman/News Herald

 

PHOTO: Carpenters Chuck Marsh, 39, of Fremont and Todd Wentling, 38, of Carey work on the roof of the new MRDD building. On the ground is Russ Allen, 46, of Rising Sun.

 

Ottawa County Transportation agency, MRDD get new buildings

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

SALEM TOWNSHIP -- When Ottawa County Transportation Agency workers wash the organization's buses, they park them in a gravel parking lot and use a garden hose, an official said.  The agency's facility on Lakeshore Drive just outside Port Clinton is too small to accommodate the large vehicles in a garage and doesn't have the capability to add a high-pressure car wash area, OCTA Director Bill Lowe said.

 

"It's pretty tough to wash a 44-foot bus with a garden hose," Lowe said. "In the winter time it's really inconvenient."

 

But the agency's cleaning woes should end in April when it moves into a new, $1.7 million building on North Toussaint South Road in Salem Township near the Lakewinds Industrial Park. Construction on the building that will include five wash bays and an office area should begin by the end of the month, Lowe said.

 

More at http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061005/NEWS01/610050303/1002/rss01

 

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From the 10/11/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

Developer could get deal

News Herald reports

 

PORT CLINTON -- A housing developer could get a break on sewer and water tap-in fees if City Council passes legislation introduced during its Tuesday night meeting.  Council held the first of three readings on a resolution that would allow Millennia Housing Ltd. and WSOS CAC Inc. to lock in this year's tap-in rates to build a 54-unit development on Fremont Road before rates increase in 2007.  In return, the developers must install the taps within the next 18 months.

 

Councilman Glenn Chapman said they'll have to pay $1,500 each for water and sewer taps, plus a 50 percent surcharge because the city has to extend its lines into Bay Township.  Once the surcharge is added, this year's fees would add up to $2,250 for water and $2,250 for sewer, he said.  In 2007, the tap-in fees increases to $2,500.  The 50 percent surcharge still applies if the service extends past city limits.  The proposed development is located next to Bay Meadows Apartments, east of the County Water Plant.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061011/NEWS01/610110305/1002/rss01

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From the 10/12/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

Future uncertain for 53 shopping center

Harbor Light Landing will be handed over to bank

By DAN DEARTH

Staff writer

 

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP -- The future appears unclear for Harbor Light Landing's remaining five tenants, given one of the shopping center's owners said Wednesday he must surrender the property's ownership to the First National Bank of Bellevue after business failed to meet expectations.  Harbor Light Landing co-owner Jeff Kolar blamed lackluster patronage and an inability to retain tenants for the financial downfall.  The most recent business to leave, he said, was Clipper's Seafood Buffet, which closed Sunday after opening in April.

 

Full story at http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061012/NEWS01/610120303/1002/rss01

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From the 10/10/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Week-long fee waiver set at Perry's memorial

 

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio - Visitors to Put-in-Bay will get a free ride to the top of Perry's victory column for a week beginning Monday, thanks to an engineering study that will impede part of the view from the top.

 

Andy Ferguson, superintendent of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, said yesterday the National Park Service decided to waive the $3 entrance fee between Monday and Oct. 27 while an assessment of the entire 352-foot column is conducted.

 

The project is being handled by the architectural and engineering firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates of Northbrook, Ill.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061010/NEWS17/610100349/-1/NEWS

 

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http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061022/NEWS17/610220373/-1/NEWS

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Article published October 22, 2006

 

Port Clinton Armory fetches $120,000 at auction

 

 

PORT CLINTON - The Port Clinton Armory was sold for $120,000 yesterday to a local resident.

 

Sellers Russ and Marty Brown identified the buyer as Richard Kendall, of Port Clinton...

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Armory sells for $120K

Port Clinton News Herald, 10/23/06

 

After sitting empty for nearly three years, The Armory was sold Sunday to the highest bidder for $120,000.  Richard Kendall of Port Clinton placed the winning offer from a field of six bidders, said Russ Brown, former owner of The Armory, 135 W. Perry Street.

 

Although Kendall could not be reached for comment, Brown said he hoped that the auction would bring more lucrative bids, considering he put about $1.1 million into the building after buying it in 1994 for $95,000.  "(The auction) didn't bring anything near what we put into it," Brown said.  "But we're pleased that we were able to sell the building."

 

Brown and his wife, Marty, used The Armory for several things over the past decade, including a teen center and antique mall.

 

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East Harbor Park gets funds for park trail

Port Clinton News Herald, 10/31/06

 

Thirteen Ohio community trail projects have been recommended to receive a total of $928,928 in grants from the federal Recreational Trails Program, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  The grants support a variety of projects to create new trails and enhance others.  Locally, the East Harbor State Park will receive $9,928 to be used for the park trail.

 

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration and a portion of the federal gasoline tax support the Recreational Trails Program, which is administered in Ohio by ODNR.  The department reviews local applications and recommends grant recipients for final federal approval.  That approval is expected in the next several months.

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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From the 10/24/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Expansion bringing 70-100 jobs

Fenner-Dunlop’s $38 million project will make local plant the world’s biggest

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

ERIE TOWNSHIP — Fenner-Dunlop will create 70-100 jobs through an expansion that would make the local plant the company’s largest and most technically advanced worldwide.

 

The $38 million project should be completed by 2008 and double the conveyer belt manufacturer’s output by using the most efficient and state-of-the-art equipment available, said Rob Giebel, Fenner-Dunlop North American president. Company belts are used globally in mining operations, such as Lafarge stone quarry in Marblehead, and other businesses, he said.

 

“We’ve never invested at the level we invested today,” Giebel said. “We will clearly be the leading edge in the world.”

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061024/NEWS01/61024007/1002/rss01

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From the 10/31/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Port Clinton plant granted tax credit

 

The state of Ohio job creation tax panel yesterday approved a 50 percent, six-year credit for Fenner Dunlop Inc., which will spend $38 million on a new manufacturing plant in Port Clinton.

 

That project, in Ottawa County, is to hire 75 workers making about $22 an hour to make wide steel cord belting for conveyor belts. It also is to retain 136 jobs.

 

The tax credit value is estimated at $469,000 and the company will be required to maintain operations there for 12 years. The firm plans to build a 75,000-square-foot building for manufacturing and offices.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061031/BUSINESS06/610310366/-1/BUSINESS

 

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From the 11/17/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Port authority plans to aid manufacturer

 

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will become the owner of a Port Clinton factory building so the manufacturer can avoid paying sales taxes on construction materials to build a 75,000 square-foot addition and expand its payroll.

 

With a favorable environmental review of the property as a condition, the port authority's board of directors agreed yesterday to receive title to the existing land and building at the Fenner Dunlop Belting Worldwide plant, and it will be the owner of the factory addition.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061117/NEWS33/611170329/-1/NEWS

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From the 11/28/06 Lorain Morning Journal:

 

 

Waterfront development sparks calls for caution

By RICHARD PAYERCHIN, Sandusky Bureau Chief

11/28/2006

 

SANDUSKY -- Redeveloping Sandusky's waterfront City Hall site drew praise and calls for caution from city residents at the Sandusky City Commission meeting last night.

 

The issue prompted one of the longest commission presentations in recent memory as the commissioners spent 90 minutes reviewing aspects of the mixed-use development proposed by Sandusky Waterfront Complex LLC, a developer formed by people from CEG Development and Meacham & Apel Architects. Earlier this month, designer John Eymann and CEG's Gregory E. Hanner presented plans for a development of a path along the water, up to 300 condominiums, commercial space, a 150- to 180-room hotel, a conference center and a multiuse arena.

 

http://www.morningjournal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17519685&BRD=1699&PAG=461&dept_id=46371&rfi=6

 

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From the 11/22/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

PHOTO: The former Water Works building at Jefferson and Perry streets.  Dan Dearth/News Herald

 

Plans for park unveiled

Proposals include a water park, retail shops, condos

By DAN DEARTH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON -- One of two developers that the city is courting to improve Water Works Park intends to spend $100 million to build, in part, a 220-room hotel and indoor water park.

 

Ken Puller Sr., founder of Puller Group Inc. of Indianapolis, said the blueprint also includes building condominiums, retail space and renovating the existing Water Works building into a museum and restaurant.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061122/NEWS01/611220301/1002/rss01

 

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Both from the 11/30/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Hesitant but hopeful

Locals say they have mixed feelings about proposals

By DAN DEARTH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON -- About 170 Port Clinton residents showed up Wednesday night at Magruder Hospital to hear two developers explain their plans for the future of Water Works Park.

 

Edward VanGeloff of Laurel Avenue said afterward he was a little concerned when Mo Dioun, principal partner of The Stonehenge Co. of Gahanna, said his vision to build $500,000 condominiums along the waterfront would increase property values citywide.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061130/NEWS01/611300305/1002/rss01

 

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From the 12/6/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Residents question developers

By DAN DEARTH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON --The city could forfeit ownership of Water Works Park to financial institutions that provide the funding for its development if plans to improve the 14-acre parcel fail to turn a profit.

 

That was the answer one of two developers gave Port Clinton resident Russ Brown, who asked during a public meeting Tuesday night at Magruder Hospital whether the city would have to put the property up for collateral to secure financial backing.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061206/NEWS01/612060304/1002/rss01

 

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NORTH BASS ISLAND

Visitors not wanted: State wants park as natural as possible

Sunday, January 14, 2007

 

 

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Plans for a new state park on North Bass Island include fishing and hiking but not tourists.

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to preserve the Lake Erie island’s natural beauty while allowing lowkey activities such as swimming and wildlife watching.

 

The state doesn’t want large crowds to visit, said Dan West, head of the Division of Parks and Recreation.

 

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ODOD press release:

 

TAFT ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES

State Assistance Will Help Create 2,010 Jobs for Ohioans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2006

 

Fenner Dunlop, Inc. (Fenner), located in Port Clinton (Ottawa County), will receive a $175,000 Business Development (412) Grant for costs associated with the acquisition of machinery and equipment.  Fenner's parent company, Fenner PLC, is a world leader in reinforced polymer technology and is the leading producer of heavyweight and lightweight belting using PVC, fabric, steel, reinforced rubber, urethane, thermoplastic elastene blends and rubber.  The company's products are utilized by numerous industries including mining, power plans, material handling, timber and paper and agriculture. The company will expand its facility and Fabric Belt Division.  The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will construct a 75,000 square-foot addition to Fenner Dunlop’s facility and lease it back to the company.  The addition will expand Fenner's capability to manufacture both textile and steel reinforced conveyor belts in wide widths.  The $30 million in machinery and equipment includes curing presses, a steel cord line, a wide calendar and related support equipment, cranes and related equipment.  Ohio is in competition with Oklahoma and Canada for this project, which is expected to create 75 jobs within the first three years of the project's initial operations.

 

The Business Development Account (412) is a grant program to assist companies and communities that are creating or retaining jobs in Ohio. The Roadwork Development Account (629) provides grant assistance to communities for highway and road projects related to job creation and retention. The 629 Program is funded with gas tax dollars and is restricted to public road projects only.

 

http://www.odod.state.oh.us/newsroom/releases/1688.asp

 

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From the 12/19/06 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Fenner Dunlop project gets $8M boost

News Herald reports

 

ERIE TOWNSHIP -- The State Controlling Board approved more than $8.2 million in loans and grants Monday to help provide Fenner Dunlop the infrastructure and capital it needs to carry on with planned expansion at the plant, according to state Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green.

 

The expansion is expected to bring 75 new jobs over the next three years to Ottawa County, Gardner said.

 

Fenner Dunlop is a world leader in reinforced polymer technology and the No. 1 producer of heavyweight and lightweight belting commonly used for conveyor belts.

 

The company has 12 manufacturing facilities in eight countries.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061219/NEWS01/612190304/1002/rss01

 

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From the 12/24/06 Sandusky Register:

 

 

PHOTO: Construction continues on the Chesapeake Lofts project in Sandusky, including the outdoor pool for the condominium residents. (Register photos/JASON WERLING)

 

Condo-MAXIMUM

By BRANDI BARHITE | Sunday December 24 2006, 8:12am

 

SANDUSKY Developers are optimistic there's room for more condominiums in downtown Sandusky.

 

The proposed Marina District project calls for 300 more residential units. That's in addition to the 191 Chesapeake Lofts already under construction in downtown, as well as 400 more eventually slated for the Paper District project.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2006/12/24/front/112558.txt

 

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From the 1/8/07 Sandusky Register:

 

 

PHOTO: The fate of the Keller Building in downtown Sandusky remains uncertain. Once slated for demolition, commissioners are hearing another angle for the building. (Register file photo)

 

Keller Building might be saved

Commissioners not happy Will didn't keep them informed

By BRANDI BARHITE | Monday January 08 2007, 2:46pm

 

SANDUSKY Commissioners were surprised and angered to learn Monday that the Keller Building may be saved, despite voting for demolition several months earlier.

 

They were also informed saving the rundown building is crucial to moving ahead with building a marina near the Chesapeake Lofts. The Keller Building and Chesapeake Lofts are part of the downtown Paper District project.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2007/01/09/local_news/128729.txt

 

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Both from the 1/10/07 Sandusky Register:

 

 

Historic office confirms it wants Keller repaired

By BRANDI BARHITE | Wednesday January 10 2007, 6:21am

 

SANDUSKY Getting a permit to build a marina hedges on renovating the rundown Keller Building, or some other condition, the state confirmed Tuesday.

 

Lisa Adkins, architectural reviews manager for the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, said the private money spent by Mid-States Development to replace the windows at the historic Chesapeake Lofts was allowed, but usually the Ohio Historic Preservation Office likes to be involved in rehabilitating a historic building.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2007/01/10/local_news/129870.txt

 

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From the 1/19/07 Sandusky Register:

 

 

City hall project won't cost extra, Will says

By BRANDI BARHITE | Thursday January 18 2007, 11:13am

 

SANDUSKY City residents won't have to pitch in for the relocation of the municipal building.

 

At least that's what City Manager Mike Will has been working toward. It's also what Sandusky City Commission wants, Will said Thursday.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2007/01/19/front/140506.txt

 

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From the 1/28/07 Sandusky Register:

 

 

Sailing Club remembers past as future is built next door

Sunday January 28 2007, 3:28am

BRANDI BARHITE

 

SANDUSKY As the Sandusky Sailing Club celebrates its 75th birthday this year, it’s reminding people of how far it’s come.

 

City officials pushing to relocate city hall and build a waterfront community don’t know it all started with a one-room building built entirely by the members in 1933.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2007/01/28/local_news/149277.txt

 

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From the 1/31/07 Sandusky Register:

 

 

Marina District foes: Vote or nothing

By BRANDI BARHITE | Wednesday January 31 2007, 5:34am

 

SANDUSKY Citizens for Responsive Government continues to reject the proposed Marina District project.

 

In letters sent to the media, Sandusky City Commission was urged to either pull the plug on the project, place the issue on the May ballot or allow residents the opportunity to place the issue on the ballot.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2007/01/31/front/153361.txt

 

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From the 2/8/07 Sandusky Register:

 

 

Marina District proponents start 'positive' Web site

By BRANDI BARHITE | Thursday February 08 2007, 9:10am

 

SANDUSKY The supporters of the proposed Marina District project are getting organized.

 

Members met Monday and in a news release Wednesday announced the group’s Web site, citizensforsanduskysfuture.com.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2007/02/08/local_news/doc45cb02f338fd6594931952.txt

 

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From the 1/3/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Officials back water park plan

Council to make final call at Jan. 23 meeting

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON — City officials opted Tuesday to support a plan to build an indoor water park at Water Works Park instead of condominiums.

 

But City Council will not decide whether to approve Puller Group Inc. of Indianapolis’ proposal for the water park, 220-room, eight-story hotel with condominiums at the top and a 161-slip marina, until its Jan. 23 meeting, Council President Linda Hartlaub said.

And the debate, which has been heated at times, is far from over.

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070103/NEWS01/70103001/1002/rss01

 

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From the 1/4/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Redfern: put focus on marina

State representative threatens to pull support from Water Works Park project

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON -- If City Council does not begin work on its public marina project at Water Works Park soon, it could lose $1.25 million in state funding, a state representative said.

 

Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island, is upset Council is focusing on proposed developments -- namely the favored indoor water park -- for the property instead of the marina, its original goal.

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070104/NEWS01/701040304/1002/rss01

 

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Both from the 1/5/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Puller Group ‘scary’

Redfern, Morgan make push for condo, retail plan for Water Works

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON — The developer that wants to build an indoor water park at Water Works Park has not cooperated with city officials and is “scary,” a councilman said

Thursday.

 

During a heated meeting at Ida Rupp Public Library, Councilman Jeff Morgan urged residents and officials not to support Puller Group Inc. of Indianapolis’ proposal for the lakefront park.

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070105/NEWS01/70105003/1002/rss01

 

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Both from the 1/6/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Puller says city could not lose land

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON -- The city will not lose Water Works Park if a planned indoor water park and conference center there fails, the developer said Friday.

 

Although Councilman Jeff Morgan said Puller Group Inc. of Indianapolis' proposal indicates the city could forfeit the land to the bank, Company Executive Vice President Ken R. Puller said the water park and buildings are the pieces at risk.

 

http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070106/NEWS01/701060302/1002/rss01

 

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From the 1/10/07 Sandusky Register:

 

 

Port Clinton council stands by park project

By CHAUNCEY ALCORN | Wednesday January 10 2007, 6:21am

 

PORT CLINTON Despite passionate criticism and dissent from several members of the community, Port Clinton's city council refused to suspend the passing of the city's controversial Water Works park development project.

 

Many community members are upset because the water park project proposed by the Puller Co. was chosen over the Stonehenge Co.'s proposed condo development project to be put in the legislation.

 

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2007/01/10/local_news/129661.txt

 

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From the 1/18/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Stonehenge gaining support

Former ODNR chief engineer warns Council of problems with Puller plan

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON -- A proposal to build condominiums above shops at Water Works Park would create thousands of dollars to revitalize downtown and its waterfront, an engineer said.

 

But if City Council chooses an indoor water park and hotel, the favored option, downtown will look the same after the structure is built as it does today, said Steven Carter, professional engineer for TriCar Ltd. of Hillard and part-time city resident.

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com.

 

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From the 1/23/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Council may decide on plan tonight

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

If City Council chooses condominiums for Water Works Park, it would have to sell pieces of the land to the developer, according to the city Planning Committee.

 

And the committee is not willing to give up the property, said member and Councilwoman Debbie Hymore-Tester.

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com.

 

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From the 1/24/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Council accepts Puller plan

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

After weeks of discussion and debate, City Council chose an indoor water park, hotel and conference center Tuesday instead of condominiums and retail space for Water Works Park.

 

The city could begin negotiating the details of the venture with developer Puller Group Inc. of Indianapolis by early March, Council President Linda Hartlaub said. Council hired Cleveland law firm Squire Sanders and Dempsey for $100,000 to help with the deal.

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com.

 

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Both from the 2/1/07 Port Clinton News Herald:

 

 

Group pushing for ballot issue

By KRISTINA SMITH

Staff writer

 

PORT CLINTON -- A group of city residents and a former councilman joined Wednesday to stop a planned indoor water park at Water Works Park.

 

The group of 21 decided after meeting Wednesday night at Ida Rupp Public Library to circulate petitions in order to put a referendum, an election issue where residents can reject or uphold a decision their public officials made, on the November ballot.

 

E-mail Kristina Smith at mksmith@gannett.com.

 

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