Records Request to Lake County Port Authority…

The following records request has been issued to the Lake County Port Authority.  We would hope that the Lake County Commissioners believe in being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, especially when one of them wants to be a State Senator.  By the way, Mr. Rantala, Executive Director, lives in Rocky River.  We would, at least, expect him to support Lake County restaurants with our money.

Dear Sir or Madam:

Pursuant to the provisions of the Ohio Open Records Law ORC 149.43 B(1), Lobbyists for Citizens requests from the Lake County Ohio Port & Economic Development Authority access to and a copy of the following records within a reasonable timeframe:

  1. Copies of credit card receipts (front and back) for the following charges made by Mark Rantala on his Port Authority Credit card (see attached letter for ready reference and ease of printing the list of requested receipts):
6/13/2014 Rustics Rocky River $29.99
6/25/2014 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $32.00
9/25/2014 Rustics Rocky River $24.00
10/4/2014 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $22.00
1/20/2015 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $21.86
1/28/2015 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $19.74
2/6/2015 Rustics Rocky River $24.14
3/23/2015 Rustics Rocky River $15.39
5/4/2015 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $26.60
9/8/2015 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $23.93
11/5/2015 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $28.71
12/31/2015 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $27.38
1/11/2016 First Watch Restaurant Rocky River $28.60
2/15/2016 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $31.22
4/5/2016 Bomba Tacos and Rum Rocky River $14.26
4/7/2016 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $23.44
4/13/2016 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $26.09
5/3/2016 Rustics Rocky River $21.96
5/12/2016 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $23.93
8/26/2016 First Watch Restaurant Rocky River $23.71
11/22/2016 Rustics Rocky River $26.57
12/28/2016 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $27.52
3/31/2017 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $23.33
7/20/2017 Rustics Rocky River $47.31
10/10/2017 Rustics Rocky River $24.84
11/24/2017 Rustics Rocky River $21.96
12/15/2017 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $29.68
7/11/2018 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $25.41
8/23/2018 Rustics Rocky River $19.00
10/25/2018 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $23.33
1/2/2019 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $39.32
2/8/2019 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $40.59
4/3/2019 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $22.31
4/18/2019 Joe’s Deli Rocky River $24.41
  1. Copies of Mark Rantala’s Microsoft Outlook and/or paper calendar entries for the above-referenced days.
  2.  Copies of Mark Rantala’s timesheets for the weeks involving the above-named dates.

Public record means records kept by any public office, including, but not limited to, state, county, city, village, township, and school district units. ORC 149.43 (A)(1).

If this request is denied you are required to provide a written statement of the grounds for such denial. Such statement shall cite the specific provision of law under which access is denied and shall be furnished to the requester no later than the end of the third business day following the date that the request for the statement is received. ORC 149.43 (B)(3).

Any reasonably segregable portion of a record otherwise exempt from disclosure is required to be made available after deletion of the portions that are exempted by law. ORC 149.43.

If any fee is to be charged for copying the requested records, please notify us in advance if the expected cost is likely to exceed $10.00.

If you do not understand this request or any portion thereof, or if you feel you require clarification, please contact our Public Records Request Team at or me directly at


Lobbyists for Citizens Records Request Team

Lobbyists for Citizens is a 501(c)4 Nonprofit

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