By Tim Kowols
A Door County court room will be the site for what could be the beginning of the end of the controversy on Sturgeon Bay’s west side next week. The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and the city will present their oral arguments regarding the case concerning the ordinary high water mark that would determine the extent of the Public Trust Doctrine for the site and the proposed hotel slated for the area. Dan Collins from the Friends group told DoorCountyDailyNews.com in November that he is confident Judge Raymond Huber of Waupaca County will rule in favor of their cause.
Sturgeon Bay city administrator Josh VanLieshout told DoorCountDailyNews.com later that month that both sides have crafted arguments they believe are sound.
The hearing is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. The trial is set for February 9 and 10 at 9:30 a.m. if the lawsuit is not settled before then. The Friends group filed the lawsuit last January, charging that the land slated for redevelopment is below the ordinary high water mark and on filled-in lakebed, therefore protected by the state’s Public Trust Doctrine.