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What’s Up With This Curb-work?

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New Pedestrian Island Coming to Connect Discovery Center and Discovery Pier The Discovery Center had discussions for years with the Michigan Department of Transportation to find an effective and affordable way to move pedestrians safely across M-22 to West Bay. Both overpass bridges and underpass tunnels are incredibly expensive, difficult to maintain, and challenging to design to accommodate […]

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Schooner Utopia arrives at Discovery Pier

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At  17:45 on Thursday, September 29, 2016 the Utopia finished its journey from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It landed on its new berth at the Discovery Pier. Ellsworth Peterson generously donated his famed 65-foot schooner, Utopia, to the Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA). The Schooner’s Remarkable History The staysail schooner was designed by the late Fred J. Peterson. It […]

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Article in The Ticker on the former coal dock

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Great coverage in The Ticker about plans for the former coal dock. Fred Sitkins is quoted: “The possibility this presents is unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” Inland Seas Education Association Executive Director Fred Sitkins says. “Having the opportunity to at times have all three tall ships in that basin is a real attraction.” We look forward […]

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Record-Eagle Editorial Supports Sale of Coal Dock to Rotary

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Editorial: Taxpayers are the winners in coal dock deal They say money talks, and in the debate over whether to sell Traverse City’s unused, underused coal dock properties, one group is speaking through a megaphone. Three months ago, Rotary Charities officials put their money where their mouth is by … http://www.record-eagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-taxpayers-are-the-winners-in-coal-dock-deal/article_821f3d58-8663-5561-9237-bc1d39d67597.html

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Rotary Charities Grants $1M to Buy Coal Properties

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A Wonderful Opportunity for the Discovery Center! Rotary announced that an offer has been made to acquire the former coal properties on West Bay from Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) for public use and community benefit. Rotary Charities of Traverse City, will fund the purchase with a $1,000,000 grant. The properties will be transferred […]