By Tim Kowols
Although they hope the judge rules in their favor in February if it goes that far, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront hope the result of their lawsuit against the city ends in a win-win for everyone. The two sides have been locked in a lawsuit since the group sued the city over potential public trust doctrine issues with a west waterfront parcel slated for private redevelopment. Laurel Hauser from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront was complimentary of city staff members during her work on other projects such as the skate park. She hopes the process will be worth it in the long run.
Oral arguments are expected to be heard in January if a prior agreement cannot be reached. Both the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and the city have offered settlement agreements, but were denied. We have extended an invitation to Sturgeon Bay City Administrator Josh Vanlieshout and Mayor Thad Birmingham via email to explain the city’s position. You can listen to the full interview with Hauser and Dan Collins from the Friends group online with this story.