GREILICKVILLE — Transformation of the former coal dock into the publicly accessible Discovery Pier is smoothing the way for more passenger carrying cruise ships to visit Traverse City. The facility in December was certified as a cruise port by the U.S. Coast Guard. Local officials who want to grab a piece of growing Great Lakes […]
Leelanau County’s ship is coming in. In a presentation at the Discovery Center Collaborative in Elmwood Twp. Tuesday, Traverse City Cruise Ship Consortium Chair Mike Wills said the Discovery Center Pier is now open for docking cruise ships up to 250 feet in length. Ships up to 450′ (the largest that can get into the […]
The next cruising hot spot is closer than you think: Get ready for more ships on the Great Lakes – Chicago Tribune — Read about it on the Chicago Tribune.
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 […]
Click here to view the Record Eagle April 13, 2013 Editorial: Public must have major say in coal docks future. The Discovery Center’s proposal for a Community Pier, Harbor and Marina is on the City Commission’s April 21 Agenda.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Elmwood Township hosted this industrial use and has suffered the blight, traffic, and coal dust for more than 40 years without even the benefit of property taxes, while the City gets 5% ($1.6M in 2012) of the TCLP gross revenues. With this plan, Elmwood will once again benefit the Citizens of Traverse City through this […]
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 […]