PSJ commissioners name focus group for park planning

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:19 AM.

“We were elected to make policy,” Magidson continued. “That is our responsibility. (The focus group) is the sounding board for the PSJRA ideas. I think something will work down there that won’t harm the bay and be an asset to the entire county.

“The focus group is to give our (public) stakeholders a say. We are trying to make the process more inclusive.”

That, Commissioner Bill Kennedy said, was not in his view the current case. He criticized that the plans were so advanced and a workshop already held. He also stressed the care all should have concerning St. Joseph Bay.

“That bay is the golden goose, we should not have more structures there,” Kennedy said. “The only thing I like about (the plan) is the lighthouse.”

McElroy said she was also leery about more structures along the water and stressed the importance of being able to maintain current recreational options in the city while determining whether to add more to the plate.

Kennedy said he would have liked to have seen a scope of the project before planning documents were crafted and also criticized the lack of boat access at the park during a time the city is already examining ways to expand public boat access.

“I don’t mind them (the PSJRA) starting and planning provided we are going to lay eyes on it at some time,” Magidson said.

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