By Tim Kowols
Other than the extended time frame and some of the lines drawn during the process, the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront are happy the Department of Natural Resources finally weighed in with their Ordinary High Water Mark ruling. The OHWM currently sits, according to the maps released by the DNR, 125 feet waterward from the 1835 meander line, which places the land surrounding the granary and original site for the proposed Lindgren Hotel on public land. Happy that the DNR affirmed the Public Trust Doctrine, Dan Collins from the Friends group says there are still some questions regarding the lines drawn, particularly for Parcel 92.
Collins says the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront is hopeful for a public process where everyone can share what they want for the area now that more clarity for the site has been given.