Archive for March 11, 2009

Lorain Port Authority- Renews- Renewal

The Future- The Present – The Past

The Future

Identity Board LPA – click to enlarge

The Present

paula1 by Paula Tobias

Lorain Port Authority had their monthly meeting last evening.

In attendance was Michael Challender -(Lorain Growth Corporation) for the first portion, Mike Beatty(ED past LPA Board Member), their legal representation,(ED Mike Brosky) the Morning Journal and Dennis Flores( 2nd Ward Council) for the main meeting. Oh yes, and myself.

It began with discussion of the proposals for operation of their launch ramp facilities, along with an overview of the recent blight study and proposed urban renewal plan for the Broadway area near the Black River Landing site.

I’m always impressed with the Port’s meetings; they move along, the dialogue among their Board consists of constructive out of the box ideas. It stays on point and they’ve always been completed within 1 hr.

I brought cookies and they even offered bottled water. Good times.

Speaking of good times, take out your calendar and mark these dates:

Their renewal tax will be on the ballot in November.


Port Works Levy 5th Wing Fest: March 12th
Enjoy GREAT Wings from from Jackalope Lakeside, 5 – 7:00 p.m. at the Transportation Center, Black River Landing. Music by Tim Blake. Tickets are $20 each call Ralph Bruening at (440) 714-0734…

While you’re enjoying the activities this summer, remember who makes them possible.

Morning Journal Article

The Past

A Historical Note: Loraine Ritchey
The Port of Lorain has, on more than one occasion, rescued this community
In 1871 there were but 400 people left in this settlement -times were hard but the City of Chicago in the fall of 1871 had a terrible fire and in Charleston (Lorain) the effects of that tragedy were seen and felt

“Dense clouds of smoke hovered over this vicinity( Lorain), completely obscuring the sun for several days following the fire, a fact fresh in the minds of some now living among us.”JJ Meyer 1926

It was the rehabbing of Chicago which stimulated the stone industry at Amherst Quarry and as a result created-

“additional demand for Lorain’s vessel tonnage. The success and volume of this enterprise rested on cheap transportation, which was provided by constructing a railroad from the quarries to Oak Point and a stone landing pier projecting into the lake, from which to transfer stone from tiny cars into vessels Chicago bound.”JJ Meyer

Amherst Quarry

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