For the first time in nearly two years, boats were able to launch from the City of Kewaunee’s marina last weekend. High water made it difficult for boats to launch and repairs to be made the last two years before city crews were able to place the docks and make other adjustments to the site. The launch ramps opened just in time for unseasonably warm temperatures and open waters. Kewaunee Mayor Jason Jelinek says it was good news for the community.
Nearby Salmon Harbor Marina served as a lifeline for the sportfishing community, allowing public launches the last two summers before announcing last week it would go back to allowing only its seasonal customers. Jelinek says the city is still looking into purchasing the property after grant funding from the U.S. Department of Economic Development fell through. He added that a public-private partnership would increase their chances of securing the grant in the future.
Jelinek hopes to involve the community more in the process as they approach the topic again in the future. He hopes to restart those conversations at a Committee of the Whole meeting within the next month.