Electors emphatically rejected a plan to spend $2.15 million on 195 acres of bluff, wetland and open space in the Town of Gibraltar during a tense meeting at the Door Community Auditorium on Oct. 16.
The final tally was 180 votes against purchasing the property and 51 in favor. An estimated 400 people attended the meeting, but many of them were not residents and could not vote.
The land includes roughly 100 acres adjacent to the Settlement Courtyard Inn on Highway 42 and almost 100 acres connected to that below the bluff behind the Fish Creek Park.
In April, the town secured an option to purchase the property for $2.15 million, or $20 for every $100,000 of home value per year on local tax bills. But that purchase must be approved by voters during a meeting of town electors. The estimated fair market value of the property, which has been on the market for about 10 years, is $1.89 million.
For a complete report on the vote, visit DoorCountyPulse.com/news, or download the Door County Pulse podcast to hear Myles Dannhausen Jr. recap the meeting with Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom.