I agree with CORD’s mission statement and what they are trying to do for the people of our city. Citizens Organized for Responsible Development are an honest group who want the best for the city, her people and the natural life in our parks. I think there are many people who want our waterfront to remain as a park. These same people want our city to prosper. There can be a compromise and just because it hasn’t happened doesn’t mean that it can’t.
There have been ideas for the park that would benefit the community and entice tourists into our area. These ideas don’t entail restaurants, bars or condos to be located at Waterworks Park. It seems that Port Clinton is a microcosm of what is happening to our nation. It is divided. Our city is divided because some want to develop our park and some want to use the park in its natural state. We keep building on natural areas and leaving the buildings empty. It is obvious that it is not a magic bullet.
We need to work as a united group. We have grant monies correct? It is important to continue to refurbish the downtown area, have more events, encourage building owners to take care of their existing buildings they have now and support the downtown businesses. It is important for all involved to be honest. Three swings may be a strike out, but 4 balls is a walk and you have the opportunity to score. Let’s go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate. Move forward by saving our parks and saving our city.