Friends Group Questions DNR’s High Water Mark

A member of the friends group that sued the City of Sturgeon Bay over a proposed waterfront hotel has offered his take on the DNR decision related to the parcel’s ordinary high water mark. Friends spokesperson Dan Collins says he appreciates the DNR’s affirmation of the state constitution’s public trust doctrine, but finds fault in the location selected for the line that determines public and private property. In a news release issued Wednesday, Collins says the determination fails the tests of science, historical documents or reasonableness related to the west side waterfront site. He suggests that the state agency’s action was motivated by political concerns and called the line it established peculiar.

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