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Fishing Pier Open to Public!

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The Discovery Pier can’t be beat for fishing opportunities in West Grand Traverse Bay. Deep water right off the Pier provides access to many species: Lake and Brown Trout, Salmon, Northern Pike, Bass, Perch and panfish. Picnic tables and benches make it a great place to take the kids. There’s even parking and a porta-john […]

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M22 Pedestrian Crossing

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Yesterday, crews from Elmer’s and Kent companies paved concrete sidewalk approaches in preparation for the Island of Refuge installation next Thursday, 22 June! 

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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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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 […]

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Rotary’s Thoughts on the Region’s Waterfront

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At the February 13th joint study session with Traverse City Light & Power and the City of Traverse City, Marsha Smith of Rotary got up and made a very well-reasoned argument for the process and criteria that the City should use for disposing of surplus property. Her memo in support of her public comments can […]