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DNR Seeking Public Comment on Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower

Virtual meeting at 4 pm, Jan. 27. Deadline for public comments, Feb. 22

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a virtual public meeting and comment period regarding plans for the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park at 4 pm on Jan. 27.

The DNR closed the observation tower to the public in late 2017 due to safety concerns. In early 2020, the agency stated its intent to demolish the structure. Since then, the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) has been working on behalf of the tower’s repair, getting the tower listed on the state and national Registers of Historic Places and gaining the support of local stakeholders and legislators to save the tower from destruction.

The DNR has since indicated its commitment to finding a path forward, indicating it “understands the complexities of this project from the varying options for repair to the historical signficance,” according to a statement the agency issued in the press release announcing the virtual hearing and comment period.

The DNR has also stated its desire to make the tower accessible to all, though accessibility as a requirement of the repair has been disputed.

To attend the virtual public meeting via Zoom and provide oral comments, please register in-advance here. When registering, you will be asked to provide your name and contact information, as well as to indicate whether you wish to make an oral statement at the hearing. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided with instructions to join the meeting.

Registered speakers will have up to three minutes to provide verbal comments only. The department will not be accepting questions from the public.

The public is also encouraged to submit written comments regarding the observation tower by using the below survey link or regular mail. Submit electronic or hardcopy written comments by Feb. 22, 2022 to:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

C/O Missy VanLanduyt

101 S Webster St. P.O. Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707

Email: [email protected]

Survey Link


MEETING INFORMATION

WHAT: Virtual public meeting on plans for the observation tower Potawatomi State Park

WHEN: 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022

WHERE: Register via Zoom here

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