After years of fighting, Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward is finally able to smile when it comes to the west side waterfront. Battles over the site's ordinary high water mark took up six of the tax increment financing district's 27-year life without much progress. With work on the Door County Maritime Museum's tower project in the background, the granary is closer to finding a permanent resting place and the city is getting its first look at a proposed promenade. Ward says the positive momentum is showing voters and developers that the city can move forward.
The progress on the west waterfront is just one part of the good news Ward is looking forward to in 2020. It also includes the possible redevelopment of the former West Side School into affordable housing and improvements at Graham Park and Little Lake.
You can listen to the entire "State of the City" interview with Mayor David Ward below.