333 registered statements
April 28, 2021, 11:56 AM
We don't need the Multi-Purpose Building with the restaurant in it. There are plenty of options for people, the Oar House, etc. There really is no room on the peninsula for the building. The amphitheater on Oven Island is not a good idea and even the Johnson Study didn't recommend it there. An amphitheater will cost taxpayers money because even the best projections don't have it being profitable for a minimum of four or five years. Thankfully we have a new city council. Those council people won for a reason. We need to put the project on pause.
April 25, 2021, 8:27 PM
My family and I enjoy the beautiful scenery the park has. We've enjoyed lots of cookouts with family and friends there. One of the most relaxing place to sit and just enjoy God's creation. My opinion is that we don't need another food joint.. at least not there by the lighthouse...
Sincerely, Ricardo C.
March 28, 2021, 3:36 PM
While I am hesitant to have yet more of the park turned into a parking lot, there does seem to be some more recent updates to the plan that allow continued public access to viewing the lake from the peninsula as is current. This has always been a favorite place for many in the community to stop and watch the water. There is so much land on the West side of the park that could have been better utilized for commercialization of indoor spaces, as it is less desirable (stinky) for people wanting to enjoy the park for what it is intended. While the city will move ahead with their plans despite public input, I do hope they at least allow a probable 300+ year resident tree to remain on the peninsula, that may likely still be there after the building is eventually demolished due to lack of use and needed upkeep over our relatively short years here.
March 9, 2021, 6:14 PM
I am in favor of the Lakeside Park forward plan. We need to grow FDL & this is a great way to do that. I support this!
March 5, 2021, 8:20 AM
I think the plan is excellent is a good replacement for all the attractions we have lost in the past 50 years. We lost zoo, ski ramps, beach house and several buildings. Offering a lease to a private company to operate some of them is excellent. The entire marina, pavilion restaurant and food stand are already private and working well. It brings visitors to the area who spend money and gives us something to do at the bark besides fish.
March 5, 2021, 12:03 AM
I’m so upset about the process to get a bistro on the peninsula. I know this is 100% grade A location for the investors. But that peninsula (just on its owns with the light house) is an entire activity for families and visitors to see that they don’t get to see often.
The bistro needs to be moved off the peninsula. It HAS to. The building structure is awkward and not what that spot deserves. The area is beautiful and a bunch of rocks to make a building is going to change the beauty. Again, I’m well aware of how that location is top of line. But, we don’t want it there. We want it moved west. Completely off the peninsula. Let’s fix up our light house and have a little booth out there for souvenirs. People from out of town would love this opportunity!
I like the other suggestions to make lakeside a great destination and it could bring more revenue to the city.
This is what I’ll leave with, the entire process of trying to quickly pass peninsula changes and adding the bistro had me questioning everything from the beginning last year. The manipulation from a city council member has been questionable. And those motives were to get this passed and begin construction before people got wind of it all. It’s all made the council board members seem completely unsuitable for their positions. Also, to refuse tax payers a say in it is questionable and to fight so hard to make sure that doesn’t happen appears really inappropriate. It’s proving our point that city council members are working for some tax payers but not ALL. That’s not fair. They work for EVERYONE.
March 1, 2021, 5:14 PM
Every city council member who voted to approve the restaurant on Lighthouse Peninsula deserves to be kicked out of office and thrown out of our community. This project is nothing more than flagrant misuse of public property, all so that local bougie can walk from their boats to yet another club house. This project should be stopped by any means necessary, even if the city council unwisely continues to go along with it.
February 23, 2021, 9:52 PM
Don't attempt to 'fix' what clearly is not broken. The park brings joy and serenity to many. As it now stands, it always will.
February 23, 2021, 9:44 PM
I appreciate all the iterations this plan has gone through, and am in general happy with the results. I will not be satisfied with the process as a whole, however, until the plan is put to a binding referendum. Regardless of the merits of the plan, the resistance on the part of the city council to put the entire plan in the hands of the community concerns me. Whatever the will of the people turns out to be, that is what should be done.
February 23, 2021, 6:38 PM
I do not support building a restaurant on the light house peninsula. There are plenty of other waterfront options. There are obvious benefits for the “Lakeside Forward” businesses and their employees. Who are the only ones that support this project.
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