The Erie Zoning Board will soon decide if the bayfront walkway meets zoning regulations.

On Tuesday, lawyers for the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie and the Erie County Convention Center Authority both made their cases to the board.

After nearly five hours of testimony, the zoning board decided to vote on the issue next month.

It centers on the bayfront walkway, which is located near the former GAF property and the new Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel.  The Erie County Convention Center Authority built the 900 foot pathway and opened it in September of 2014. 

Soon after, Ed Kissell of the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie filed a lawsuit.  Kissell says that a barrier of rocks installed between the pavement and the water's edge prevent immediate access to the bay.  Kissell says that the Erie County Convention Center Authority did not comply with the zoning ordinance.

The convention center authority disagrees.

It will now be up to the zoning board to decide.

“I don't know how it will be,” said Erie Zoning Board Chairman Mike Hornyak.  “Everybody gets to vote on their own, but I would say that with all of this evidence, it's going to take a while to figure it out."

The board is expected to make a decision on this issue at their next meeting on September 13.