Fish Creek businesses were given a mixed bag of news earlier this year when it was announced the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was delaying the downtown section of its Highway 42 project for one year. The Fish Creek Civic Association had been working for months to prepare for the reconstruction of the street, with some businesses scheduling vacations instead of opening their doors. While the delay until March 2020 could be frustrating, Mark Kantola from the DOT says it will have a positive effect for taxpayers.
Fish Creek businesses and the DOT were complimentary of each other during the planning process. Kantola says the 63 businesses attending its last meeting was extremely high for a community. One of Door County’s most successful retailers, Mitch Larson, owner of On Deck Clothing in Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay, said he is not worried about construction. Larson said he’s impressed with the cooperation of the DOT, that he’s been through a three-year construction project in Sister Bay and that all his stores are undergoing remodeling that will make 2019 a good year.