By Bryan Troutman
I am not a resident of Sturgeon Bay. But I can tell you I love this city, I love the people, I love their work ethics and I love the potential this city has.
From what I can see over the last 6 months, since I have been away, this county has changed signifantly. Egg Harbor has a new cheese company and is building a new library and cultural center. Fish Creek will be building a new home for the Northern Lights Theatre, Sister Bay has a new downtown which is well done and some wonderful, new upscale restaurants.
But in the last 6 months what has happened in Sturgeon Bay? Restaurants have closed, Jimmy John’s has opened, Cherry Hill Golf Club, which could be considered a quasi-Sturgeon Bay golf facility continues to struggle. Tractor Supply has bailed out a dilapidated K-Mart building and I have no idea what is going on at Sunset Park. At the same time our medical facilities, hospital and Y have expanded, creating a stronger infrastructure base, and the make-up of the city council has improved. But negativity and loss of production still persists.
High water marks have been ruled upon, voting to legislate after advice from council was otherwise. Dirt piles remain and the Granary building still stands with no improvement except a new fence, losing more and more revenue for the city and the interest of developers and investors.
In my opinion Sturgeon Bay appears to be losing revenue North while in-fighting persists over a hotel, sidewalks and the recent issues over demolition of an historic landmark, while the advent of economic development, jobs and housing suffers. Those of you siding solely with the mayor, start thinking and voting your heart not the ticket and friendship.