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Redfern helps free up $1.4M for Middle Bass Island State Park

State Representative Chris Redfern (D-Catawba Island) voted this week to appropriate over $1.4 million in state funds for the continued development of Middle Bass Island State Park. Speer Brothers of Sandusky have been selected to complete the improvements, which include the partial rehabilitation of the Lonz press house, a new 5,400 square foot park shelter with a fireplace and new public restroom facilities.

“This is an important investment in our community that will drive economic activity through increased tourism while creating a more enjoyable public space for area residents,” said Rep. Redfern.

The additional park upgrades will join a host of previously completed improvements, including a 190 slip public marina, public restrooms, park offices, maintenance buildings and new utility services.

New improvements could pave the way for a total redevelopment of the press house and reuse of the Lonz residence and main winery. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources acquired the Lonz buildings in 2000 with local support from the travel, tourism and wine industry to advance revitalization plans. The Lonz Winery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rep. Redfern serves as one of two Democratic members on the State Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. In October, Rep. Redfern cast the deciding vote in favor of expanding Medicaid healthcare coverage to impoverished, physically and developmentally disabled Ohioans.

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Lonz Winery Grape Stomp

Jim Siemer would rather be stomping grapes on Middle Bass Island than shoveling snow.

During this snowy winter, Siemer conjures up the summer on Middle Bass Island through his new painting titled “Lonz Winery Grape Stomp”. While creating this art, Siemer states, “I experienced the magic of being transported back in time to the Lonz Winery Annual Grape Festival. There was dancing, laughter, stomping, music, and lots of drinking Lonz Wine.” Siemer’s new painting is now available at OhioArtwork.com under the category Middle Bass Island.

Jim Siemer was inspired by the beauty and splendor of Middle Bass Island to begin painting watercolors over 25 years ago. This winter he imaginatively returns to the island through the creation of several new paintings capturing Middle Bass Island life.

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St. Hazard Resort on Middle Bass Island reopened

St. Hazard's Resort on Middle Bass Island will be re-opened under new ownership for the 2013 season. Dave Magden and Patrick Bezuur, friends for over fifteen years, will be operating the resort and taking it in a new direction with a European flair. 

Their unofficial motto is “food, and the stuff it eats.”  “We want to mine the entire food chain for the most delicious ingredients and offer up a varied menu that reflects items available seasonally at the peak of flavor. This includes not only the produce, but meats as well. There will be some evergreen items on the menu but the menu will evolve based on what is available locally at the time, “ says ~ Bezuur.

St. Hazzards is a full service resort on Middle Bass Island, with everything from waterfront condos to cabins and camp/RV sites. It features a tropical setting, with pools and other amenities created as if in the tropics. The Resort is within walking distance from the ferry and State Park Marina and boasts the tranquility of Middle Bass Island and easy access to Put-In-Bay.

All resort amenities, such as the pool, bar, restaurant and golf cart rentals are open to the public. 

St. Hazard’s is open every day of the week, and open to the public until 2 a.m. 

For more information, reservations, pictures and details, go to Facebook or the website at www.sthazards.com,  phone -419-285-6121 , or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The address is 1223 Fox Road,  Middle Bass.

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