By Tim Kowols
The Sturgeon Bay Zoning Board of Appeals voted 5-0 to approve the petition by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to increase the height of a portion of their manufacturing building at 128 Kentucky Street to 75 feet. The facility, purchased during the sale of the former Palmer-Johnson Yachts buildings, is slated to be used for vessels such as large scale fishing boats and tug boats. Following a presentation by Bay Shipbuilding Company Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse, residents spoke out against the variance citing several factors including noise and dust. Nissa Norton worries that as shipbuilding activities get closer to downtown, the farther residents and visitors will want to get away from it.
Thayse told the board that he understands the concerns of the community, but said it will not be much different than what was there before.
City planner Ryan Kernosky said variances on roof heights had been granted to Palmer-Johnson in the past, but some were never seen through. The variance now heads to the Waterfront Design Review Board for its approval.