Sturgeon Bay Council Discusses Street Closure for Bayship Expansion

Members of the Sturgeon Bay City Council spent the better part of their regular meeting Tuesday evening discussing a request to close down portions of 1st Avenue and Jefferson Street in order for Fincantieri/Bay Shipbuilding to expand its yard into the former Palmer Johnson Yachts buildings. No action was taken. The discussion covered several of the issues that came up at a recent public meeting on the request, traffic, the closeness of the proposed shipyard to the downtown area, the aesthetics of the yard, and concerns about closing off Jefferson Street. Mayor Thad Birmingham said representatives of the city and Bay Ship had been negotiating for several months on such matters as traffic analysis, who covers some of the costs involved, utility easements, access points, gates and fencing…


Mayor Birmingham also said it was unfair and inaccurate for some to have said that Bay Shipbuilding was not a good neighbor…


At the end of the meeting, the mayor talked about the next course of action…


Mayor Birmingham also said anyone with questions about the street closure request should submit them to the city or Bay Shipbuilding, noting, however, that some answers may not be available.

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