By Paul Schmitt
One party to a law suit suing the City of Sturgeon Bay over a controversial hotel project is releasing information he thinks will show the city moved forward on the project even though officials knew they were violating the law. Shawn Fairchild, who made the post on Facebook Sunday, told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that “through public information, we are trying to expose how the City government worked very hard to get around the Public Trust, rather than choosing to work with it. This information shows how the ‘Approximate Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) Concurrence’ was orchestrated.” The posting showed correspondences from Pinkert Law Firm attorney Jim Smith and First American Title Insurance Company who declined underwriting the parcel of land of the development due to concerns over the redevelopment including private commercial uses and the Public Trust Doctrine. The trial between the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and the City of Sturgeon Bay is scheduled to begin February 9. Mayor Thad Birmingham was contacted but declined to comment.