cleveland cleveland.com 31 Dec, 2020 14:15 am

Lakeshore erosion remains serious subject for residents and city officials

Lakeshore erosion remains serious subject for residents and city officials
City Council recently agreed to a land lease with lakefront property owners looking to protect their land from continued Lak Erie erosion.

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- City Council recently agreed to a land lease with lakefront property owners looking to protect their land from continued Lake Erie erosion.Papke said the land lease covers 6,000 square feet into Lake Erie for two next-door neighbors seeking to install riprap erosion protection.However, he noted Lakewood is currently working with another group of lakefront residents who are putting together a special improvement district to collaboratively address the loss of land due to Lake Erie’s record high-water levels.We don’t want to see it wash away into Lake Erie.

“I went out on our fireboat this summer to really take in firsthand to see the erosion and what certain homeowners were doing to protect their property,” said George, who is serving as a steering committee member for recently introduced Cuyahoga County Lakefront Public Access Plan, which in addition to offering better access to Lake Erie also will address erosion.“According to ODNR permitting, they have to get a resolution from the city basically stating that land was free and clear and able to be used for erosion protection,” Papke said.

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