LAKESHORE REGIONAL NEWS: Door County, Kewaunee County, Manitowoc County, and Sheboygan County

Sturgeon Bay Mayor discusses city’s response to COVID-19, new projects during Community Update

Local News

(WFRV) – Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward Ph.D. joined WFRV Local 5 This Morning for his first Community Update on Tuesday.

Mayor Ward discussed how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting his city, an expansion project at the Door County Maritime Museum, and two new park projects on the waterfront.

The coronavirus pandemic caused Door County officials to ask non-residents to refrain from visiting in late March. It also caused the cancelation of the county fair and the 4th of July festivities. In April, when Door County businesses usually prepare for the summer tourism season, many businesses were contemplating the unknowns, especially in regards to who they would hire.

“In the months of March, and April, and early May, tourism was way way down,” Mayor Ward tells WFRV Local 5. “We’re seeing some recovery now, streets are a little busier, and more people are coming up for a variety of activities.”

He went on to say that Destination Sturgeon Bay is working with local businesses to ensure they can provide hand sanitizer and post expectations for the use of masks within their establishment. The businesses are working together to keep the community safe, according to the mayor.

Mayor Ward outlined how the City of Sturgeon Bay is helping local businesses stay afloat during the pandemic:

  • Deferred interest and penalties on property taxes
  • Waived fees for outdoor cafes
  • Allowing businesses to use additional outdoor space to serve customers

“We’re trying to work with them, recognizing their difficult position,” Mayor Ward says.

He also discussed the Door County Maritime Museum’s expansion project – a new 10-story lighthouse tower. The mayor says a ‘topping off’ ceremony is scheduled for the project on Thursday, July 2.

Mayor Ward tells WFRV Local 5 there are two projects going on on either side of the bay: on the west side, a promenade walkway is being completed between the Sturgeon Bay Bridge and the Oregon Street Bridge and on the east side, a fountain and other activities will be installed at Graham Park.

On Monday, the new Washington Island Ferry, named Madonna, was christened. Mayor Ward says the entire ferry was built in Sturgeon Bay with many parts of it manufactured by businesses in the city.

Check out our latest Community Updates here:

Latest Stories

OTHER STORIES FROM WFRV LOCAL 5

Local Weather | Local News | Local Sports
Digital Exclusives | Critic at Large/Local Theater
Positively Wisconsin|Midwest Farm Weekly
Download the free WFRV apps here

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Coronavirus News

More Coronavirus

Trending Stories

Your Local Election HQ

More Election

Local Sports

Green Bay Booyah rally past Dock Spiders in rain-shortened tilt

Thumbnail for the video titled "Green Bay Booyah rally past Dock Spiders in rain-shortened tilt"

Dean Lowry locking in on offseason goals

Thumbnail for the video titled "Dean Lowry locking in on offseason goals"

Booyah win a close one over Fond du Lac

Thumbnail for the video titled "Booyah win a close one over Fond du Lac"

Booyah get first win, Dock Spiders fall late in Friday action

Thumbnail for the video titled "Booyah get first win, Dock Spiders fall late in Friday action"

Packers' unique relationship with St. Norbert College to take one-year hiatus

Thumbnail for the video titled "Packers' unique relationship with St. Norbert College to take one-year hiatus"

Booyah drop opener, Dock Spiders win in Northwoods start

Thumbnail for the video titled "Booyah drop opener, Dock Spiders win in Northwoods start"