By Tim Kowols
Dozens of maps from as far back as the 1830s could be the answer the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront feels they have against the city’s plan to redevelop the west waterfront. Nancy Aten from the Friends group looks at historical maps and land surveys a lot for her ecological restoration business, leaning on the state historical society and the University of Wisconsin Library system for their materials. Aten says she has to rely on a lot of different sources to draw her conclusions.
As for the parcels of west waterfront property entangled in the lawsuit between the city and the Friends group, Aten believes the docks that have been extended into the water over time does not extinguish the Public Trust Doctrine.
The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront sued the city of Sturgeon Bay for potentially violating the Public Trust Doctrine as it relates to the area’s ordinary high water mark after some of the land was sold for private development. The case goes to trial February 9.
Pictures of maps provided by Nancy Aten
List of maps Aten has used