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Judge denies appeal of Sturgeon Bay OHWM

An appeal of the ordinary high water mark ruling determining where development can occur on Sturgeon Bay's west side waterfront has been denied.   According to Attorney Brett Reetz, who represented the petitioners, Circuit Court Branch 4 Judge Gregory Gill, Jr. denied the standing to challenge the ruling made by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Judge Gill ruled that any damages of any waterfront owner worried about the meander line established by the DNR for the OHWM was “speculative”.  Reetz added that he disagreed with the ruling but understood the basis of the decision since the same legal reasoning would have been applied to the original appeal set forth by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. He was unsure of what the next steps will be for the petitioners.     

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