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Put-in-Bay prepares for start of tourism season

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PUT-IN-BAY (Toledo News Now) -

If you've ever been to Put-in-Bay, odds are you got there by the Jet Express. This tourism season is very special for the "Fastest Way to the Bay," along with one prominent restaurant on the island.

Jet Express began its run from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay the summer of 1989. Since then, the company has added three more boats to the fleet.

This year to celebrate its 25th anniversary, there will be multiple excursion adventure cruises you can sign up for on the Jet Express website. Also, until June 30, you can get a $5 discount coupon at local participating Wendy's restaurants.

The administration of Jet Express is happy to be the unofficial gateway to Put-in-Bay, and understand the importance of starting a trip off right for island visitors. 

"When you turn that corner into Put-in-Bay harbor, the Jet Express dock is right downtown in Put-in-Bay, and you're just footsteps away from the activity. And you can just see it on people's faces, the excitement that they have. You're rolling up to the gate and you're right downtown. It's amazing," said Lance Woodworth, general manager of Jet Express.

The bars and businesses on Delaware Avenue, as well as all over the island, are sprucing up their buildings' exteriors and stocking their bars and kitchens. The historic Round House Bar on Delaware is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year.

This season is exceptionally important to the area, as all summer celebrations will be held along the north coast for the Battle of Lake Erie, a critical moment from the War of 1812. On South Bass Island, bicentennial activities will take place between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2.

Hear more about Put-in-Bay features in Jon Monk's report on WTOL 11 Your Morning Saturday.

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