Shores & Islands Ohio Partner Update - May 13, 2022

Clubs and Organizations

May 14, 2022

From: Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center - East


Shores & Islands Ohio is proud to announce the inaugural awards in the new Destination Development Grant Program launched earlier this year. The grant program is a major component of Shores & Islands’ new strategic plan that focuses not only on promoting the region as a visitor destination, but also on supporting efforts to enhance it for visitors and therefore, residents alike.

A committee evaluated all applications and determined recipients and award amounts based on a project’s ability to attract and engage visitors, serve regional tourism partners, and foster additional economic growth for their communities and the region. This year’s total award investment for 29 Erie County-based recipients is $441,465, with each recipient contributing an equal or greater amount to their project as the grant provides. A similar program for Ottawa County is in development now.

Receiving grants are: Bait House Brewery - expansion; Captain Montagues - restoration; Crystal Rock Campground – infrastructure improvements; Cedar Motel – signage; Charles Herndon Gallery – increase accessibility; City of Huron – public fish cleaning station; Cold Water & Company – new business development; Crooked Tree Winery – expansion; Greater Sandusky Partnership - marketing/programming; Firelands Adventure Tours – new business development; Firelands Symphony – marketing support; Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce – signage; Lake Erie Adventure Company – expansion/programming; Mainstreet Vermilion - DORA establishment; Maritime Museum of Sandusky – increase accessibility; Mesenburg’s – restoration; Old Vermilion Jail & Library – restoration; Paddle & Climb – expansion/public art; Public Art Vermilion – public art; Romp’s Water Port – signage; Sandusky Food Hall – new business development; Sandusky/Milan RV Park – infrastructure improvements; Shore Thing Vermilion – visitor/resident amenities; The Lot (food truck park) – new business development; Vermilion Chamber Foundation - public art; Vermilion Marina – infrastructure; Village Peddler – infrastructure; Village Pump – community signage; and White Dog B&B - restoration.

For more information on this grant program or the Shores & Islands Conference & Event or Sponsorship grant programs, contact Destination Development Director Amanda Smith Rasnick


Your company or group can be part of IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio in Sandusky by volunteering! There are many areas of the race that are perfect for groups from 5-75 people to volunteer together. Also, through the IRONMAN Foundation, grant funding is available to organizations that volunteer for the race. Sign-up today at  https://ironman.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=58201 or, contact Crystal Michel, Volunteer Director, at crystal.michel@ironman.com.


Dates are still available to schedule your Threshold 360 capture!

The Maritime Museum of Sandusky’s capture can be viewed here!

This opportunity is available this year at no-cost and is a virtual tour of your location to be used on our website (SHORESandISLANDS.com), in our presentations to meetings and events planners, and to be uploaded to your Google My Business profile. As our partner, you’ll also have the ability to include these virtual tours on your website as well! The process is simple:

1. Click the Schedule Now button below and select the best day & time for a Threshold 360 Creator to capture your location.

2. With a tripod and a 360° camera, the Creator will capture 360° photos of your property for virtual tour creation.

3. If you're a hotel, this capture session will include any meeting rooms and guest room types that you would like to show off. We'd encourage showing off ADA rooms as well. No major staging is required. Your customers and staff can be present and you can conduct business as usual.

4. Once captured, the virtual tour will be placed on your listing page on our website, used in group presentations that we send out, and uploaded to Google to be viewed via Google Maps and Search.


The 2022 Play & Stay travel guide is now available in larger quantities for business that would like to make it available to their guests. Stop by either of the Shores & Islands welcome centers at 125 E Water Street, Sandusky or 770 SE Catawba Rd., Port Clinton and pick up a box or two! If you need guides delivered or shipped, please contact Angie George (Sandusky) or Brian Shifflet (Port Clinton).


As we head full-steam into peak travel and tourism season, we’re thrilled to share all that’s new and exciting within the region this year. We published some of this list in our travel guide and recently on our blog. We also send this list to media outlets and travel writers looking to promote the latest and greatest in the region. While our current “what’s new” list numbers over 40 new businesses, attraction updates, or anniversaries, we can always add more. Be sure you are sharing your new exhibits, attraction enhancements, and tourism experiences with us so we can help spread the word! Send your "what's new" to Public Relations Manager, Jill Bauer.