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Municipal boat harbor gets $1.8 million renovation approval by council

Brad Williams

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About $1.4 million would be paid back to city through slip fees 

A plan to renovate La Crosse’s municipal boat harbor got the green light from the city council Thursday for $1.4 million.

The city, however, has been asked by people living at the marina to slow down the remodeling process and not not try to do too many things at once.

Dennis Smalley represented those residents at the council meeting last night:

“We are not a parking lot for boats,” Smalley said. “We’re a registered neighborhood with the city.”

Smalley asked the council to keep the marina the way it is for now.

Possible plans for improving the harbor include building a restaurant or playground, removing existing docks and replacing some old buildings.

About $1.4 million of the amount planned for the renovation would be paid back to city reserve funds through slip fees.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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