By Tim Kowols
Hotel developer Robert Papke and the City of Sturgeon Bay will have their day in court after the suit regarding the west waterfront project was filed in Door County Circuit Court last week. No court date has been set, but the move comes over a month after the Sturgeon Bay Common Council rejected Papke’s claim against the city. Papke filed a lawsuit in June for $540,534 plus attorney fees, alleging the city was aware of the concerns about the location of the ordinary high water mark determining where the development could take place. City administrator Josh VanLieshout had no further comment on the case, only saying it was the next step in the process following the unanimous rejection of the plea by the Common Council.
February 10: Rendering a surprisingly swift decision, Judge Raymond Huber ruled Friday afternoon that the City of Sturgeon Bay cannot sell property on the west-side waterfront for development of a hotel.
June 9: The developer of the proposed Sturgeon Bay downtown waterfront hotel has filed a notice of claim for damages against the city. Sturgeon Bay native Bob Papke is seeking $550,000 in damages for money he has already spent plus legal fees.
October 26: Papke files civil case with Door County Circuit Court against the City of Sturgeon Bay