By Tim Kowols
Alderperson Will Gregory believes negotiation is the best route for the city to take after losing its bid to sell land on Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront last week. According to Dan Collins from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, efforts are starting to be made to set up mediation with the city, developer Bob Papke, and Wisconsin Assembly member Joel Kitchens. City administrator Josh VanLieshout told the USA Today Network- Wisconsin that its options moving forward include appealing Judge Raymond Huber’s ruling, negotiating with the Friends group, and asking the state Legislature to rule on what is considered to be public land. Gregory is worried an appeal would take too much time and going to the Legislature would be a “Hail Mary pass.”
Judge Huber ruled in favor of the Friends group last week, stating the city could not sell parcels 92 and 100 for commercial purposes due to issues with the Public Trust Doctrine. A phone message was left for VanLieshout Friday afternoon and was not returned.
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