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Ohio Lakefront Group. Annual Meeting May 29, 2014. What is the Ohio Lakefront Group. Non-Profit and non-partisan Incorporated in 1999 Grassroots volunteer organization Ordinary citizens; shoreline residents At present there are over 7,000 members

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ohio lakefront group
Ohio Lakefront Group

Annual Meeting May 29, 2014


what is the ohio lakefront group
What is the Ohio Lakefront Group
  • Non-Profit and non-partisan
  • Incorporated in 1999
  • Grassroots volunteer organization
  • Ordinary citizens; shoreline residents
  • At present there are over 7,000 members
  • There are 15,000 parcels along Lake Erie in Ohio


  • Prevent taking of shoreline property by the State of Ohio
  • Protect the use of Lake Erie and the environment through reasonable regulation


nominees for board of directors
Nominees for Board of Directors

Baeppler, Greg Bay Village

Bunsey, Bob Huron

Cyvas, Vitas Willowick

Kemmerer, Kent Willowick

Limbert, Kevin Timberlake

Bob Merrill Madison

Plymale, Nancy Marblehead

Prout, Mike Sandusky

Rennell, Rick Bay Village

Tatter, Ken Sheffield Lake

Yankel, Tony Bay Village


treasurer s report
Treasurer's Report


treasurer s report cont
Treasurer's Report, Cont.


10 years
10 Years
  • May 2004—Suit filed
  • Feb. 2006—From Federal Court to State Court
  • Dec. 2007—Judge Lucci rules in our favor
  • Aug. 2009—Appeals Court agrees with Lucci
  • Sept. 2011—Supreme Court unanimous
  • Sept. 2012—Lucci defines property rights
  • April 2014—Appeals Court agrees with Lucci
  • May 2014—ODNR once again appeals


lucci s second decision
Lucci’s Second Decision
  • Defined the Natural Shoreline
  • Voided Land Leases
  • Notice to be provided to Governments
  • Return of Lease Fees
  • Same Class Certification
  • Prevailing Party
    • Attorney Fees later


lucci s second decision appealed
Lucci’s Second Decision Appealed
  • The State appealed all aspects of Lucci’s Second Decision.
  • Appeals Court only addressed the Class Certification issue.
  • Appeals Court ruled that Lucci was correct and that the same “class” would be used for the penalty phase of this case. April 4, 2014


state appeals to the supreme court
State Appeals to the Supreme Court
  • The S. C. may or may not take the case.
  • If the S. C. takes the case, it will take over a year from now to get a decision on the “Class” issue.
  • Then, back to Judge Lucci.


where is odnr and a g mike dewine
Where is ODNR and A.G. Mike DeWine
  • Mike DeWine has dropped out.
  • Special Counsel has been hired for ODNR:
    • Much more expensive
    • Higher quality opposition
    • ODNR is our sole problem (at least for now)


what are our claims public statement nov 14 2011
What Are Our Claims (Public Statement Nov. 14, 2011)
  • Attorney Fees
  • Deeds have been altered and need to be corrected
  • People have paid for leases and fees on land that they own
  • People need to be compensated for the land that was temporally taken by the State for the past 10-20 years


jeffrey m reutter ph d the ohio state university

Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D.The Ohio State University


Ohio Sea Grant College Program, including

F.T. Stone Laboratory,

Center for Lake Erie Research,

Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium


jack madison catawba island club

Jack MadisonCatawba Island Club

Lake Erie Improvement Association