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                                                                 Mariners Park Unrealized Just over three years ago, at a Town of Liberty Grove meeting, Town Chairman John Lowry, proposed the purchase of the Mariners Park property for just under $1.5 million. However, prior to the vote of   assembled town residents, Chairman Lowry made two very significant declarations: 1) The property, if purchased, would be a “blank slate” and 2) “The people would decide the use of the property”.   With those assurances, the residents voted in favor of the land purchase. In spring of 2019, the Town undertook a survey to determine the taxpayer’s desires for the property. The Town designed, implemented, and tallied the results of the survey. The Town Board declared the survey results accurate. The top 4 choices of the 644 survey respondents were: 1)      Public Park with walking paths and benches 2)      Refurbish existing docks for public use 3)     A pavilion for public use (small) 4)     A saf
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A Challenge to our Members “Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.” ----Ursula K. Le Guin This quote comes to mind as I imagine the potential power that lies latent within this human experience. And in a challenge to myself, “What words do I share in my social minglings to give reverence and gratitude for the natural elements that construct the beauty and life giving environment we all call home”? This should be common ground and relevant to each of us. What will our legacy be? What importance echoed by my chosen words will remain true generations from now? In order to be stewards and teach stewardship we must tap into the power of our words and engage with the back and forth that amplifies what is most important in this human experience. We should not need the resources it took William Shatner, to be humbled and brought
  Priorities Steve Eatough Door County not only needs to be a nice place to visit, it also needs to be a great place to live. Quality of life is why most people choose to live here. However, I believe that our quality of life in northern Door County is being threatened and diminished from out of balance over tourism and increased development. Door County’s accommodations and food service industry, the basic tourism industry, is indeed important. The Door County Economic Development Corporation reports that these categories represent about 9% of Door County’s total goods and services produced. Approximately 1 in 5 jobs is in the tourism category, the other four jobs are not. The Door County Tourism Commission reports that room occupancy was up 26.4% over June 2019. For the first 6 months of 2021, room tax collections were up a whopping 54%, or $689,400, over 2019! Why then does Destination Door County, that receives 70% of the room tax revenue, now need to increase the room tax from 5.5