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Aerial tour of Northeast Ohio's lakefront
One of the best ways to appreciate the lakefront is to get in a small plane and fly along the shore at 1,000 feet above the water. That's what we did on May 19, 2002, to obtain the photos on this page.
The flight went from Bay Village on the west to Mentor on the east.
As you view the photos, think about how scarce lakefront property is being used for public or private purposes, how little of the lakefront is accessible to the public, and how the shore has been modified to reduce or exacerbate erosion problems.
On September 18, 1997, EcoCity Cleveland director David Beach spoke at the Ohio Lake Erie Conference at the Great Lakes Science Center and advocated a much enlarged vision of a public lakefront in Ohio. His "modest proposal" called for at least half of Ohio's 262-mile Lake Erie shoreline to be made public in the next generation.
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