Public Split on Vacating Portions of 1st & Jefferson for Bay Ship Expansion

The Sturgeon Bay City Council meeting with its public hearing on a request to close off portions of 1st Avenue and Jefferson Street took just about two and a half hours to complete. Mayor Thad Birmingham gave each speaker an unlimited amount of time to get their point across beginning with Todd Thayse, Vice-President and General Manager at Bay Shipbuilding. Thayse said, with the decision by Palmer Johnson to close up shop in the city, it made sense for Bay Ship to consider acquiring the yacht maker’s relatively new facilities off 1st Avenue…

However, Thayse said, without the street closures, the plan wouldn’t move forward. He was followed by a number of other speakers who expressed their opinions. Here’s a sampling…

While some of the speakers focused on the negative or used the hearing as an opportunity to chastise the council, others were more positive. One man closed his remarks by asking the council to do its due diligence and work something out for the good of the community. It is now up to the city council to determine the next course of action. Mayor Thad Birmingham told WDOR News that the matter of the street vacation will be on the agenda for the December 15th meeting of the common council.

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