By Tim Kowols
The west waterfront in Sturgeon Bay could provide a wealth of opportunities for the city, but candidates running for the four seats up for election on April 4 are divided on what should be done. Last month, consultant and former Sturgeon Bay resident Samuel Shogren wrote a letter to the editor detailing what he has been able to accomplish in other cities with the co-location of cultural attractions and his ideas for the city.
First District alderperson and candidate Kelly Catarozoli believes Shogren has a firm handle on what would work well for everyone in Sturgeon Bay, whether it develops a tax base or not.
Third District Alderperson and candidate David Ward says they are good ideas, but it does not explain how it would help pay for the improvements already made to the Tax Increment District.
Candidate for District 5 Brian Peterson had not yet read the proposal when he spoke to DoorCountyDailyNews.com earlier this month, but believes a strong tax base is needed to redevelop the west waterfront.
Write-in candidate for District 5 Barb Allmann says the cultural attractions should be included to celebrate the area’s history, but the finances need to be considered.
District 7 candidate Laurel Hauser believes Shogren’s proposal should be taken seriously as an idea for the west waterfront.
Candidates Dan Wiegand and Joe McMahon did not respond to phone calls made by DoorCountyDailyNews.com, while Martha Beller would not consent to being recorded. You can listen to the full interview with the other candidates by reading this story online.