By Paul Schmitt
The City of Sturgeon Bay is appealing Judge Raymond Huber’s ruling back earlier this year on the west side waterfront hotel development without City Council authorization. Judge Huber had ruled that the City could not sell the Parcel 92 lot for commercial purposes. The DNR had issued a preliminary ruling stating the footprint of the planned hotel was above the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM). According to a social media post by Nancy Aten from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront, Mayor Thad Birmingham and City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout filed to reserve the right to appeal on Wednesday. The City of Sturgeon Bay has a scheduled Common Council meeting on Tuesday at noon in which resolutions will be brought to authorize the Mayor to negotiate a settlement of the lawsuit brought by the Friends group and a request for special legislation to describe OHWM at Parcel 92. City Administrator Josh VanLieshout was not available for comment as of 2 pm Friday.
Below is the documents of appeals: