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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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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 […]

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Could We See This Cruise Ship at the Community Pier in the Future?

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A new Great Lakes Cruise Ship will begin plying the Great Lakes waters in 2015. The proposed Discovery Community Pier could be the port of call that cruise ships like this need so passengers can conveniently disembark and tour our area. The Saint Laurent, measuring 286 feet long and with a draft of 13 and […]

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Sister Facility in Campbell River Vancouver Island, BC

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Amazing and weird to have stumbled on another facility so similar to the proposed Discovery Center Community Pier! A Maritime Heritage Center, public fishing pier (actually named Discovery Pier) and an aquarium. All projects of the local Rotary Club, making much out of surplus and ignored city-owned property. Click here to check out their website […]

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White Paper on Water and Michigan’s Economy

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This report validates the Discovery Center proposal for public use of the former coal dock and is worth reading. Michigan Economic Center Report: Water, Michigan and the Blue Economy (download here). In this new report we define the ‘Blue Economy’ as the way Michigan’s natural water assets, and water education, research and technology innovation creates jobs and contributes to economic […]

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Public Meeting on April 21

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Meeting Scheduled! The Traverse City City Commission will hear our proposal on Monday, April 21 at 7:00 pm in the Commission Chambers at the Governmental Center. You can find the Board agenda by clicking here. We are on the agenda during Public Comment as: Reserved public comment request from Mike Wills, representing Discovery Center Great Lakes regarding its interest […]

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No Negative Impact to TCLP Action at April 8 Board Meeting

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Going into tonight’s meeting, the perception and fear was that the property would transfer to the City upon the motion being presented. While the motion passed, what we learned and heard at the meeting is that this was really only a motion to approve the transfer, whereupon the City Commission will initiate a public process […]