By Tim Kowols
A plan to move a west side hotel away from the waterfront was nixed by the city of Sturgeon Bay earlier this year. According to the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, the group and the developer were able to reach a possible solution, moving the building to closer to Madison Avenue in a spot now partially occupied by parking spots in front of the Door County Maritime Museum. The alternate plan could have potentially created a conservation easement zone for public, non-commercial use. Dan Collins, from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, says the compromise with the developer ultimately went nowhere.
In an email from city administrator Josh VanLieshout, he said he could not comment on the closed session deliberations of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council and Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, but confirmed both groups had turned down each other’s settlement offers. The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront is currently suing the city, the developer and the city’s Waterfront Redevelopment Authority for what they call violations to the public trust doctrine in a case that could go to trial in February.