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Project to add boat landing gaining momentum

By Heather Graves

BROWN COUNTY – The possibility of a new public safe harbor boat landing in Brown County with direct access to the lower bay took once step closer to becoming a reality at the Wednesday, April 17 county board meeting.

The county is working on get funding to acquire approximately 4.54 acres of land on Nicolet Drive in Green Bay.

The site currently houses the former Eagles Nest Supper Club and has developed breakwater with direct bay access and parking facilities.

The county parks department was given the go ahead by supervisors to submit a grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund or the Land & Water Conservation Fund – to help with the purchase of the parcels.

The proposed boat landing is in line with the Parks and Outdoor Recreation plan the board adopted in 2017 in an effort to preserve and manage the natural, historical and cultural resources of Brown County – which includes improving water access and acquiring property to further these goals.

The current fair market value of the property is $1,963,500.

If acquired, the grant would provide 50 percent of the purchase price.

According to county staff, other grants and alternative revenue options will also be investigated to fund the remaining portion of the land and any improvement costs.

An appraisal of the property in currently being done.

The lower bay lends access to 66 square miles of open water from the Brown County line to the mouth of the Fox River.

According to county staff, this area currently has only three developed launch sites – with only one designated safe harbor.

County to sell four parcels of golf course land

Brown County will entertain offers to purchase four parcels of under-utilized golf course land, following a resolution approved by the board.

Supervisor John Van Dyck said this property was not part of the original golf course.

“These parcels were purchased in the early 1970s with the future intention of expanding the golf course,” Supervisor Van Dyck said. “(However), due to how the golf industry has changed that’s highly unlikely in addition due to changes in rules by the DNR (this property) would no longer fit an additional nine holes.”

The money collected from the sale of these parcels will be put into a fund for the long-term maintenance of the golf course.

The village of Hobart has already offered their assistance to the county in support in selling this land in hopes of getting some kind of development on it.

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