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New improvements at Lake Erie Islands underway

 
Posted Thursday, June 5th 2014 @ 11am

(Toledo) - Ohio parks officials are unveiling how they plan to develop a former winery on Lake Erie's Middle Bass Island. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says a number of improvements at state parks and campgrounds on the Lake Erie Islands are being made.

A key piece of the new plans centers on the former Lonz Winery site that the state acquired just over 14 years ago. The winery was shut down in 2000 after a terrace collapse there killed one person and injured 75 others.

Its main building towers over Middle Bass Island's southern shore and was once the island's main attraction.

The state has talked for years about what to do with the site, but suggestions for a conference center, restaurant or museum haven't moved forward.

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