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Throughout the week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and provided updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other state initiatives. On Monday, Governor DeWine announced the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors. Critical Jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following update on the status of the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lt. Governor Husted announced that schools can begin applying for the new BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant on Monday, August 10. A total of $50 million will be allocated through the grant program to help provide hotspots.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Mayor Forthofer stated a new development on Liberty East is planned, Tradesmen Park. “Most of Vermilion's business growth will be home grown,” stated the mayor. “Our seasonal demographics are just not attractive to the big retail chains. Tradesman Park is something I believe our community needs badly.”

French Creek Theatre is proud to present, in a socially distant setting, Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years". Join in this free show, one weekend only, at the Vermilion River Reservation Mill Hollow outdoor Amphitheater September 25th - 27th; all shows at 6 pm. Plan to maintain a 6 foot distance from other groups of audience members.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Marilou Suszko, Executive Director of Main Street Vermilion, presented the 2019 Annual Report and pointed out they are a big volunteer organization and their volunteers contribute over 7,000 hours of volunteer service to the programs that benefit Vermilion.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Councilman Frank Loucka announced the Port Authority has been working on a proposed project since 2012 and this year it has finally come to fruition. The project is the ADA Addition and Improvement of the restroom at the South Street Launch Ramp. Loucka said it will cost around $32,000, and monies will come from Duck Dash donations.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3, 2020, Finance Director Amy Hendricks addressed the monthly revisions to the appropriations. “Those changes and allocations are of a routine nature,” stated Hendricks. “There is an additional transfer into Fund 703, which is the health insurance fund. This represents the final closeout from the self-funded insurance plan. The city was waiting for a disbursement of funds from a joint account that had been held with BAC.”

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Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion


Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches


Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach


Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse


The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation


Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events


Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie


The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks


Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination


Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History


History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."

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