A thirty-minute interview with two members of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, Dan Collins and Hans Christian, will air today at 4pm on 103.3FM in its entirety.
In the interview, Collins claims that State Rep. Joel Kitchens “threatened” the Friends with legislation that would overturn a recent court decision prohibiting hotel development on Sturgeon Bay’s west side.
The interview was recorded yesterday before Kitchens informed Collins that developer Robert Papke said he was “done” with the project and a meeting schedule for tomorrow was cancelled. Kitchens has attempted to negotiate among parties involved and had one meeting on Monday with a follow-up session set for tomorrow.
According to Collins, Kitchens informed The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfont that after Monday’s meeting Papke walked the area of the proposed hotel with his builder and informed Kitchens that if he could not build in the original location he was finished.
A recent court case supported the Friends and prohibited the city from selling property for private development that is located inside the Ordinary High Water Mark. According to members of the Friends organization, Kitchens negotiated a compromise location on Madison Avenue that was acceptable to Papke but rejected by Mayor Thad Birmingham.
The city has not stated its intentions to appeal the judge’s ruling, however, city administrator Josh Vanlieshout has said alternatives include an appeal or “a legislative solution.”
Kitchens told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he has not threatened the Friends group with legislation, but only saying there might be people interested in introducing it. He reiterated that he will not introduce legislation and believes it is not in the best interest of the community.
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