Governor John R. Kasich Visits Lakeside Chautauqua

Posted on July 11, 2013

Governor John R. Kasich made a brief visit to Lakeside on July 10 to meet with Lakeside Chautauqua staff and community leaders after the 34th Annual Governor’s Fish Ohio Day. 

Attendees discussed Lakeside Chautauqua, state tourism, the Chautauqua Trail and Lakeside’s new initiative to establish Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.  

As the round table discussion began in the Hotel Lakeside Marine Room overlooking Lake Erie, the Governor was surprised to learn that Lakeside Chautauqua was approximately one-square mile, and he was overwhelmed at the number of Victorian cottages throughout the community.

Governor Kasich also commented that he did not know Lakeside was a Chautauqua.  

Lakeside Chautauqua’s 140th Anniversary and the efforts of the Chautauqua Trail were later discussed. The Governor commented that Lakeside should continue to educate Ohio about Chautauqua and its true meaning.

He also mentioned that tourism is connected to excitement, which is connected to young people and families.   

“I think your niche is those kids on the bicycles,” Governor Kasich said as he glanced out the Hotel Lakeside Marine Room window and watched children ride around the pavilion circle. “People having a nice wholesome experience.”  

During the discussion, the current state of Lake Erie was also highlighted, including the invasive species, algal blooms and the push to end phosphate dumping.  Governor Kasich added, “This is a high priority, and we have the most aggressive Department of Natural Resources.”

In addition, community leaders highlighted the new initiative to establish Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile. The Governor replied, “Go for it.”  

Lakeside Chautauqua staff invited Governor Kasich and his family to return to Lakeside Chautauqua to take part in the wholesome experience he noticed while visiting this past Wednesday.

Governor Kasich concluded his visit with, “I’m stunned. My wife has been here. I think you’re in great shape. We’ll come back.”