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Attending the National Working Waterfronts Conference highlighted how close the coal dock came to being lost to private development. It could easily have been sold by the City and TCLP for a LOT of money to a single person or entity for a mansion/megayacht or condo development. Instead, thanks to Rotary, it has been preserved as a working waterfront. It is already the home to the largest fleet of tall ships in the Great Lakes. Ships that have few places that accommodate them.

But the greatest benefit is that we are connecting people to water through history, recreation, education and stewardship. Because, we believe, as Jacques Yves Cousteau said, “people protect what they love”.

We are excited and anxious to begin transforming the coal dock into our vision for a premier waterfront center with lots of ways for people to forge connections with our waters.