By Tim Kowols
A proposed national marine sanctuary along the Lake Michigan coastline as far north as Kewaunee County continues to wait out public meetings and federal budget hearings. According to the USA Today Network-Wisconsin, critics of the Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary worry federal designation will affect their shoreline property rights and the existing fishing industry. Supporters, including county and municipal governments along the Lake Michigan coast, say it could help further protect the region’s shipwrecks and bring thousands of tourists to the area. Kewaunee County Board member and sanctuary supporter Lee Luft says many concerns have already been addressed.
Luft is happy Kewaunee County is being seriously considered for the sanctuary, but whether or not it gets off the ground in the near future is unknown. President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April to stop designating or expanding any marine sanctuaries until further notice.