A New Year
First we would like to thank everyone for spending the 2018 year with us and making it one to remember! There is a lot planned for the 2019 year and we hope that you decide to spend this upcoming year with us. However, now it’s that time of the year when everyone makes resolutions for the coming new years. We’re not going to make any resolutions; we’re going to make New Year’s predictions instead. So, here is a list of some of our predictions for 2019.
A Busy Tourist Season
The first prediction for 2019 is a busy 2019 tourist season, but not a record setter. The one hope is for better weather in the spring to make up for losses suffered early in the season last year. There will be weekly event planned and there are plenty of condos and rentals available to rent so you can book the weekend you want! Be sure to check out event dates so you don’t miss out.
Plenty of Water
We predict the Put-in-Bay Utility will be back on track and be making enough water. In 2018, mismanagement and turmoil took its toll and had officials on edge at times trying to supply enough water on busy weekends. Things are indeed looking more positive with the change of personnel made as last season was coming to an end.
Anne Auger will remain as acting Village Administrator. She stepped into the position after Glenn Bastings was let go. Her years of experience working for the Village at various jobs in several departments has been evident since she’s taken over. She also makes delicious punch for holiday parties. That alone should qualify her for the job.
High Water Level
Water level in Lake Erie will remain high. This makes the island subject to flooding. High water storms also have a negative economic impact when the ferries can’t run and tourists can’t get to the island. Keep your fingers crossed for no nor’easters.
Going for Fifty!
Mike “Mad Dog” Adams begins his 40th Year entertaining at the Round House. We predict he’ll be announcing he’ll be going for 50.
We’re not sure about all of 2018, but this winter from mid-January through the end of February will be a good one for cold and ice. With the number of fish in the lake, watch for some great ice fishing.
“Favorite” July Weekend
Since we are fresh from the holiday season, we come to the most difficult of predictions to make – one concerning everyone’s “favorite” holiday at the end of July. A task force has been working to get the prime summer weekend back to normal. The last few years have seen the weekend just get worse and worse and we are optimistic the group’s work will at least begin to mitigate the negative public relations and economic impact for the island this weekend has become. A good resolution might be not to mention the name of nor promote that similar holiday in July. It is definitely time for a change. The weekend last July was both a business and public relations nightmare. What was once a positive thing for everyone, has now turned sour. Let’s resolve to do everything we can to get back to normal.
Plenty of Island Events
We predict many of the islands’ most popular summer events will be back and going strong for 2019. A ton of events are already scheduled. A very good website which has a lot of detail about the most popular events can be found at http://www.millerferry.com/events/category/put-in-bay/.
Happy New Year
Check back here at the end of the year and see if all these predictions come true or not. In the meantime, Happy New Year to all!
As Seen in the January 2019 edition of the Put-in-Bay Gazette