This year the Door County board approved a new stand alone shoreland zoning ordinance. Go to Door County Courthouse and then the Planning Department to view changes which maiy be of benefit to owners. Two things included are the ability to use accessory structures for living areas (not rentals) and counties cannot exceed the state's shoreland zoning standards.
The annual New Year’s Day Shoot (clay pigeons only) is held at the Sportsman’s Club
starting at 10 A.M. There will be hot chili and cider served.
Dick Purinton talked and shared images at the TPAC in December from his trip with his son, Thordur, to the
Antarctic. Go to Dick’s blog via the Washington Island Ferry Line to see pictures and read about this adventure. This National Geographic trip this year was a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Shackleton' s difficult survival trip in the Antarctic.
There will be remodeling of the Northport ferry terminal building this winter. More area will be utilized for tourist information. FYI: The bathrooms will be unusable at a certain point of the project, but they will be available as usual when work is done.
Remember the New Year’s Day Polar Bear plunge at Schoolhouse Beach at noon. Organized each year by Papa Bear (Jens Hansen), you may be surprised at the range of ages of participants. It goes without saying, it is a quick dip (includes head under, so if you want to participate or watch, best get there a little before noon and stay til the dip is done. Last year there was open water and it should still be ice free this year. Yes, there have been years when an area of ice had to be cut out (chainsaw). Below is pic I got of Jens Hansen emerging from the plunge last year.for the dippers to jump in. ***
Woke up to the sight of freshly fallen snow.
On this winter's night,
we wish you a happy, healthy new year!
As the year draws to a close it may be interesting to see how North Star sales were divided by type:
Highest number of solds was inland vacant lots at 55.5%
Next was inland homes at 17%
Coming in third was shore homes at 11%
Shore vacant was 9%
Commercial was 7%
We are thankful for the buyers and sellers we were able to assist in 2016 and we look forward to 2017.
There were high winds over several days this past week. The ferry line had to cancel some trips.
December 17 if the Christmas Bird Count. Can you help count? Drivers and counters will be needed to do specific portions of the Island on the day and record them. But people at home can help by watching their feeders and report the birds seen there. Photos of birds that can't be identified can be submitted. Bird reports are collected from all over the continent as part of the National Audubon bird count to determine how species are doing and to make comparisons over time. Sandy Peterson reported in the local Island Observer newspaper, "We play an important role in the ecological scheme since we are the only Great Lakes island doing a count". Also from the article is the list of procedure to participate: 1) Interested counters can meet at KK Fiske at 8:30 A.M. on December 17 to join a group and get count materials; Groups will seach areas of the Island until about 11:30 A.M. and then meet together to report findings; 2) Bird feeder counters will be contacted by mail and will receive the necessary paperwork. 3) If others happen upon a species, make notes about the whereabouts, the time of the sighting, and take a photo if possible. If you have any other questions, email Sandy Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-873-0294.