By Tim Kowols
The Waterfront Redevelopment Authority rejected the settlement offer between the city of Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront by a vote of 5-2 during its Wednesday meeting. Ad Hoc Settlement Committee members Laurel Hauser and David Ward were the lone voices in favor of the settlement, which would have moved the ordinary high water mark at 92 E. Maple Street 60 feet closer to the water and created an open dialogue for waterfront redevelopment moving forward. Christie Weber from the Friends group says they are committed to continuing the fight for the Constitution even if it takes the estimated three to six years to run its course through the courts if it does not get settled.
City administrator Josh VanLieshout could not be reached for comment, but issued this press release Thursday evening:
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The Waterfront Redevelopment Authority of the City of Sturgeon Bay convened on July 26, 2017, nine days after taking action to table action on a proposed settlement agreement reached between representatives of the City Sturgeon Bay and the Friends of Sturgeon Bay and Carri Andersson, Kathleen Finnerty, Christie Weber, Russ Cockburn, Linda Cockburn and Shawn Fairchild.
The WRA learned, through its attorneys in the declaratory matter that the department of Natural Resources was disinclined to hold a declaratory hearing until it was certain whether a settlement would be reached or not.
The WRA, after over an hour of conferring with special legal council and debating the merits of settlement took action to reject a proposed settlement in a 5-2 vote.
This matter will be before the Common Council on their August 1st agenda.