The Door County Maritime Museum was given the go-ahead by the Sturgeon Bay City Council Tuesday evening to seek a community development investment grant to help pay for the construction of a ten story tower at its location on the city’s west side waterfront. The council action means that the local organization can apply for up to a quarter million dollars in grant funding through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The museum is more than halfway to its goal of a $5.5 million addition, but, in order to start construction in June, the grant is needed to close the $2.3 million fundraising gap. A local Door County business has pledged $200,000 dollars to pay for the installation of pilings for the tower construction. The driving of the pilings could begin in March or April. The council was told that a couple hundred people have donated to the maritime tower fundraising effort.