By Tim Kowols
A member of the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront group is charging the city with informally requesting elected officials in Madison to enact a state law impacting the development of a west side hotel. The legislation would exempt the parcel on Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront from current public doctrine laws, making the sale of it to a private developer possible. Dan Collins, from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, says city officials should not need a state law to change to justify their actions.
Senator Frank Lasee introduced legislation last year called the Private Property Rights Package that would have allowed some land currently protected by the public trust doctrine to be made available if it has been dry land for more than 40 years. The specific part of the legislation was removed from the overall bill before it was signed in April. You can read Collins’ Letter to the Editor on our opinion page.