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Douglas' Proposed Public Marina May Not Be Ready For Boaters Until August

The Douglas Public Marina project, the floating marina at Wade’s Bayou, is ready to roll, but will not be ready by Memorial Day as Douglas city officials were hoping for.

On March 19, Douglas City Council voted to award the lowest bidder, Riverworks Construction, (one of three competing contractors) to build the docks in what would be the Phase 1 portion of a multi-phase project. The project is expected to be completed in August.

The proposed marina is estimated to cost $149,069, which falls below the budget the city assigned for it. Of this figure, the city has already expended $16,500 on engineering work.

Not unlike their counterparts in Saugatuck, City of Douglas officials tout public waterfront access as fundamental to a vital downtown. In providing public places where small watercraft can moor, there are more opportunities and options for visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the natural resources offered by the local resort community.

In Saugatuck, officials there last week approved applying for a Michigan grant worth $180,000—which comes with a 50 percent match of $90,000—to replace the existing single dock pier at Coghlin Park.

One Douglas alternative proposal at Wade’s Bayou calls for Kebony Decking, a pressure-treated dock guaranteed to have a lifespan of 30 years which would cost the city an additional $27,714 (already incorporated in the total of $149,069).

In other Douglas city business, planners continue to mull over how to go about regulating medical marijuana, heeding its legal counsel’s advice to revamp and simplify the existing proposed draft ordinance.

The proposed ordinance draws too much from the state of Michigan law regulation, attorneys for the city say.

“They (city attorneys) are telling us, ‘You don’t need to say (in your ordinance) what the state responsibilities are, you (Douglas City) need to stick to and focus on local responsibilities,” Douglas Zoning Administrator and Economic Development Director Lisa Imus told The Local Observer.

“They (attorneys) feel we are opening up ourselves to more liability issues (If we adhered to the current draft).”

The city does not currently have an ordinance regulating medical marijuana.

In January 2017, city officials voted to repeal the ordinance it did have, citing the city ordinance was incompatible with the most recent new state of Michigan regulation and court orders.

Douglas’ Proposed Public Marina May Not Be Ready For Boaters Until August

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