The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has finally ruled on the new Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) on Sturgeon Bay’s controversial west side waterfront. In Thursday’s ruling, the DNR essentially used the 1835 meander line through Parcel 92. City of Sturgeon Bay Administrator Josh Van Lieshout calls the DNR ruling a basic compromise.
Shawn Fairchild from the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront says the ruling is a validation of their efforts the past few years.
The disputed waterfront property was the initial location for a hotel development by Robert Papke that was never built. Papke sued and settled with the City of Sturgeon Bay for $360,000 last month. You can find the complete OHWM ruling with this story online.