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Wouldn’t Elmwood Township be the major beneficiary of the Community Pier, Harbor & Marina?

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Our economy is regional; it does not respect jurisdictional boundaries. Restaurants, hotels, and retailers in downtown Traverse City gain with every dollar spent in the region. Citizens of Traverse City will benefit from increased economic activity generated by greater public access and water related pursuits. Visitors and Citizens of Traverse City and the entire Northwest […]

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If TCLP no longer has a need for the coal dock, why not just transfer it to the City and let the City decide what to do with it?

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A transfer from TCLP to the City would restrict or limit many legal options (such as leases, use agreements, or transfer to other entities) since the City is bound by more restrictive statutes and charter provisions than a municipal utility. TCLP/City have no plans to use the dock; the Discovery Center plan is well developed […]

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Why would some think tranferring the pier to an indepentdent enity would be giving away a valuable public asset?

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By dedicating the dock as a Community Pier and Harbor, the property will not be given away; it will simply be transferred to an independent entity which will be responsible for managing it in a manner that will dramatically increase the value of this property for the community by providing public access to an asset […]

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Shouldn’t the Pier be kept in the public domain as the area’s only deep-water port for loading and unloading cargo in the future?

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The Community Pier, Harbor & Marina proposal will preserve the ability for the dock to serve as a deep-water port, while providing beneficial use to the public. Covenants or deed restrictions protecting that option can be attached to the property. Selling the dock to a private for-profit entity would not preserve the use of the […]

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The City can use the cash; why not just sell the former coal dock to the highest bidder?

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Selling the land to the highest bidder would only provide a short-term financial gain. That short-term gain would be insignificant when compared to the long-term value and economic impact to future generations of citizens and visitors that will be realized from an active waterfront providing public access, education, and recreation. The Discovery Community Pier, Harbor […]

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Community Pier is Best Dedicated to an Independent Entity

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We believe the proposed “Discovery Community Pier, Harbor and Marina” is best dedicated to an independent entity (such as Rotary Camps and Services) for the following reasons: o Active, working, public waterfronts becoming exceedingly rare, but very important economic drivers o Needs for waterfront facilities and public access are continually increasing o Logistical and operational […]

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Parking on the Dock?

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We are the first to admit this is NOT ideal, nor the highest and best use of the dock. But, in the short term, it makes this project feasible and without it, not. Once pedestrians have a way to safely get across the highway (think medians with safe at-grade crossings, bridges, tunnels, shuttles, trams, trolleys) […]