By Tim Kowols
Sturgeon Bay officials believed the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront did not offer as much a compromise as they did a completely different site plan and design according to the city administrator. According to a recent Letter to the Editor from Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront supporter Dan Collins, the group and the developer of the hotel agreed to a plan that would move the building away from the possible public trust doctrine issues on the waterfront and closer to Maple and Madison Streets. City administrator Josh VanLieshout says the alternate site was not much of a compromise and feel they could do better in circuit court.
The city’s compromise to the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront in June included reducing the footprint of the hotel and making the first floor more of a public space.