Sturgeon Bay, Washington Island re-up tourism zone membership

• Washington Island and the City of Sturgeon Bay signed the intergovernmental agreement to continue as participants in the Door County Tourism Zone in May. They were the final two communities to sign the agreement, meaning all 17 Door County municipalities have now agreed to re-up their membership in the zone and continue collecting a 5.5 percent room tax to fund the Door County Visitor Bureau’s marketing efforts.

Room tax collections totaled $3.2 million in 2010, 66 percent of which went to the DCVB, 30 percent to municipalities, and 4 percent to the administration of the Tourism Zone Commission.

• The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s annual report is available online. The report presents a look at the accomplishments of the organization over the last year. Visit to download a pdf copy of the report.

• Rep. Garey Bies (R – Sister Bay) expressed his support for concealed carry legislation. “I believe [concealed carry] deters crime,” Bies said, “but I’d like to see permits and training required.”

• One person was evacuated by the Eagle III rescue helicopter after a Memorial Day weekend boating accident. A 40-foot pleasure craft ran into a dock on the north side of Chamber’s Island at about 9:20 pm May 29. Gibraltar and Ephraim rescue teams evacuated the other 14 people aboard the craft to safety.