Weather Dynamics to Impact Sunday

Put in Bay clouds

Sunday’s sunrise disappears behind approaching weather system.

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
427 AM EDT Sun Jul 22 2018

Low pressure will be in southern Ohio today with high pressure
building over the upper lakes. As a result, northeast winds will
increase to 10 to 20 knots through afternoon Sunday. Nearshore
waves along the western and central basin will build to 3 to 5
feet with occasional waves over 6 feet.
A Small Craft Advisory is issued when waves of 4 feet or more are
expected or wind speeds reach 21 to 33 knots which may produce
hazardous conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners...
especially those operating smaller vessels...should stay in port
during these conditions.

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
423 AM EDT Sun Jul 22 2018

Dangerous swimming conditions are expected at Lake Erie beaches Sunday

Tourists, Law Enforcement Arrive by Boatloads

Law enforcement Put in Bay

USCG delivers Highway Patrol / photo by Tom Parrot

Golf carts and humans filled every corner of Put-in-Bay Village on Saturday.  To assist the Put-in-Bay Police Department in crowd control, state and federal law enforcement officers arrived on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Put in Bay crowds

Boardwalk parking was filled beyond capacity.

“Christmas in July” is no longer an officially sanctioned event at Put-in-Bay–although some businesses still encourage attention to the faux holiday.  Nonetheless, droves of visitors arrived on the Jet Express and Miller Ferry to partake of South Bass Island’s offerings.   Many of the visitors were members of a special tour group organized in Detroit, Michigan, by Tamika Williams.  The Chamber of Commerce previously (2017) requested that Ms. Williams spread tour participants out over several weeks in order for the island infrastructure to accommodate visitors.

During the 9 July 2018 Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting, it was reported that a strong visual police presence should reduce issues generated by overcrowding.   Put-in-Bay Police Chief Steve Riddle announced at the meeting that Highway Patrol and Homeland Security would be present.  Perry’s Monument Superintendent Barbara Fearon indicated federal officers would be on monument grounds.  Police radio monitoring on Friday night revealed incidents involving public urination, marijuana possession, head-on automobile crash (LifeFlight called), disorderly conduct, and combative subjects in police custody.

Perry’s Victory Public Meetings on July 24 to Review Draft Accessibility Management Plan

Perry's MonumentPUT-IN-BAY (OH) – The public is encouraged to attend one of two public meetings scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, to gather input into the Accessibility Management Plan (AMP) for Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.  The first public meeting will be held on South Bass Island at the park’s Visitor Center from 1 to 2 pm.  The second public meeting will be held in Port Clinton at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor Center from 5 to 6 pm.

The goal of the accessibility plan at the island’s National Park included identifying existing barriers to accessibility of buildings, exhibits, programs, special events and the park’s website. National Park Service staff worked with Commonwealth Heritage Group and the National Center on Accessibility to evaluate the park’s accessibility and to design a preliminary plan to improve accessibility park-wide.  “Our ultimate goal is to make the park facilities and grounds, ranger programs and special events, and our information sources such as the visitor center exhibits and park website accessible to people of all abilities,” said Park Superintendent Barbara Fearon. “That’s not just a basic human right, it is the law.”

A six-step process was used for developing the Accessibility Management Plan that included dividing the process into three segments; a three-step process of self-evaluation of the park, an accessibility team assessment of the park, and the preparation of the accessibility management plan document. An overview of those findings is attached and will be shared at the public meetings. Input will be gathered to further the process of finalizing the Accessibility Management Plan for the park, Superintendent Fearon said. “Whether the barrier is physical or programmatic, it is our job to make every effort to remove the barrier or provide an alternative so that this national treasure is accessible to everyone,” she added.

Anyone with special needs planning to attend one of the public meetings should contact Maggie Beckford at 419-285-2184, ext. 1229 no later than 10am on Monday, July 23, to discuss their needs and available services.

Click HERE to see the full plan draft in Portable Document Format (PDF).