The Sturgeon Bay Common Council narrowly passed a new “weigh on the water” fishing rule for tournament contests held at city facilities starting in 2024. No permits for tournaments will be issued in May or June unless the organizers of the event use a “weigh on the water” format, due to the timing of the smallmouth bass spawn. No permits will be issued either for walleye tournaments before May 15th unless the weigh on the water” format is used. After more than a dozen people spoke for over 45 minutes during public comments, Mayor David Ward broke a three-to-three tie, voting yes to the updated fishing rule. Council members Dan Williams, Spencer Gustafson, and Kirsten Reeths voted no, while Seth Wiederanders, Helen Bacon, and Dennis Statz voted to approve the measure. Gary Nault abstained because of his involvement in fishing tournaments in the area. The Parks & Recreation Committee held four meetings addressing the “weigh on the water” proposal, before making the final recommendation that was approved at Tuesday’s council meeting.
In other business, four recommendations from the Finance, Purchasing, and Building Committee were approved by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. A bid for resurfacing the Otumba Park tennis court, a consulting services agreement with Santec for $58,000, the hiring of Cedar Corp for engineering services for an Industrial Flex building, and the hiring of R.W. Baird for consulting services on the possible future creation of TID #9 in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park, all passed unanimously.
Mayor David Ward also read a proclamation declaring June “Open Door Pride Month” reflecting the City’s support of the LGBTQIA+ community.