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Pebble Beach public access plans taking shape

Land management plans, fundraising, and meeting public parking needs were among the items addressed by Sister Bay's Ad Hoc Friends of Pebble Beach Committee on Monday.  Committee members heard from Nancy Aten and Dan Collins with Landscapes of Place.  They conducted surveys of flora and fauna on the 17-acre property near Sister Bay.  Aten says volunteer efforts are needed to control invasive plants like garlic mustard and hounds tongue. She also says it can easily be done by hand in late May or early June, and in the fall. Though, it will require an extended effort.

Friends of Pebble Beach committee members plan to reach out to local residents and groups with the tools and vehicles needed to help with the removal process.  The committee is also looking at unique fundraisers, including serving dinner on the beach itself.  Julie Schartner, with the Door County Land Trust, says similar events have proven successful for other groups.

Such an event would be a long-term strategy.  The Ad Hoc Friends of Pebble Beach Committee also has short-term plans to open the 600-foot beachfront to the public.  Chair Chad Kodanko says that includes having a bare-bones parking lot in place in time for the summer vacation season.

The Ad Hoc Friends of Pebble Beach Committee will discuss the progress of these and other proposals for Pebble Beach when it meets again on May 3rd.

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