What may look like rundown buildings to you along the shores of Gills Rock are beacons of history for others in the community. The Town of Liberty Grove Board voted earlier this month to advertise bids to get rid of several old marine-related buildings owned by the Weborgs before they sold the land to become the future Mariner’s Park. The ad hoc committee in charge of redeveloping the property to become a park decided months ago that the buildings were in disrepair and no longer needed on the site. Not all community members feel that way. Mike Kahr began a petition to save the buildings a week and has already garnered over 200 signatures. He says the area’s commercial fishing history is within those walls and that so much can be done with the buildings without destroying them.
Saving the northern Door County’s maritime heritage is nothing new for Kahr. He is also part of the team behind efforts to protect the Sister Bay boathouse and turn it into a museum. He urges residents to speak with town board members and make their thoughts known.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kahr