As Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner handed over an oversized check for $10 million to Larry Dillin, developer of the Marina District, you could almost see the weight of responsibility pass.
"The city has performed. Now it's all up to me," Mr. Dillin said. "The mayor has delivered, and I'm not going to let him show me up."
Councilman Ellen Grachek, who was not at the news conference, said she voted against the $5 million loan based on the concerns expressed by city Finance Director John Sherburne.
"I was ambivalent about the concept of that loan that we authorized," Ms. Grachek said. "One of my concerns was making sure that even if the Dillin project doesn't materialize, can that money be put to a still important public purpose."
Mr. Sherburne has said it's not clear exactly how the loan, if used, is to be repaid."
With leadership like this, is it any wonder why the city is the way it is.