By Hans Christian
The win in court is a direct indictment of Mayor Birmingham.
As Sturgeon Bay’s citizens are celebrating a decisive victory in their legal battles around the hotel development along the westside waterfront a focused question has to be asked: Who is responsible for this expensive mess? As the court clearly showed the city knew all along that the sale of the parcels for the hotel were covered by the Public Trust doctrine. There are no ‘ifs and buts’- the city screwed up. Mayor Birmingham should take full responsibility and resign from his position. He has single-handedly led the city into a financial crisis. Attorney Nesbitt’s role also needs to be examined in this situation, along with Mr. Olejniczak’s role as city planner. As much as I enjoy a personal rapport with these gentlemen it is unconscionable for them to continue their roles without taking responsibility for their actions. We must restore the public trust in our elected officials and hired city staff, as much as the court upheld the Public Trust in this land.