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How is it fair to ask TCLP/ City to dedicate the former Coal Dock to the public?

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The City of Traverse City has been the beneficiary of numerous donations of land or money for City properties, including: Perry Hannah’s many gifts to the City (e.g. Hannah Park, Oakwood Cemetery, etc.), Floyd Clinch’s gift of the West Bay waterfront creating Clinch Park, The work of Dr. James Hall and others to acquire the […]

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Who profits if the Discovery Pier, Harbor and Marina happens?

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No individual or private entity profits. The Discovery Center (a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity) will be the operator of the Community Pier, Harbor and Marina taking all the financial risks and rewards to sustain the Phase 2 Discovery Center facilities and further its mission and those of its member non-profits. Generating an on-going revenue […]

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How do we know that the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes has the capacity to handle and manage the Community Harbor & Pier?

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The Discovery Center itself is a Rotary project: in 2006, Mike Dow donated the property (valued at $1.5 M) for the express purpose of creating a water-related nonprofit place of exploration, learning, and awareness, to Rotary Camps & Services, the land-holding arm of Rotary. The Discovery Center has a framework for managing the property, a […]

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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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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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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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Discovery Center Brings Proposal to TC Light & Power

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On December 10, 2013 the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes brought an exciting proposal to the Traverse City Light & Power Board. This proposal has huge potential economic, recreational, educational and cultural benefits to the residents and visitors of our region as an ACTIVE working waterfront with offerings such as: Major waterfront attraction – economic […]