I would like to respond to a pair of letters published recently in The Beacon, and also circulated on social media from Roger Smith and Bob Walls, Sr. regarding the alleged City of Port Clinton effort to turn Veterans Park into a parking lot. Folks, it did not happen! How do I know? I was there and I was the source of it.
Roger Smith and Bob Walls, Sr. say that they remember an incident from 1998, but the intervening 16 years may have faded their memories. You see, I was sitting in Mayhew’s one morning, just about that time, discussing an idea about creating more parking for downtown Port Clinton. I was President of the Downtown Business Association and ODOT had just widened Perry Street, taking away 42 parking spaces. The idea included either cutting in angle parking at Veterans Park on the east and west sides of the park, or possibly moving Veterans Park to a new location, on the Adams Street Blvd. with the cannon. Unknown to me, Councilman and veteran Larry Lucas was in the booth behind me, and overheard my conversation.