BY COUNCILORS GILBERT AND JOHNSON:
The city council finds as follows:
(a) Public access to and use of Duluth’s public waterways, including Lake Superior, is the citizens’ right. The city council has consistently expressed its desire that a Lakewalk be completed and that public access to the lakeshore be protected;
(b) On or about December 21, 2006, the city of Duluth, by the administration, entered into a memorandum of understanding with Lakewalk Townhomes, LLC, which stated, among other things, that public access to and use of the Lakewalk and shoreline is restricted as follows:
“(b) The land will not be available to the public until the Lakewalk is constructed;
(c) The Lakewalk will not be lit;
(d) There will be no benches, picnic tables, stairs or other physical accommodations to encourage persons to pause or linger along this portion of the Lakewalk or on the beach below.”;
(c) The council desires to clarify the public’s right of access to and use of the Lake Superior shoreline from 23rd Avenue East to near 25th Avenue East.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council requests that the administration re-negotiate with Lakewalk Townhomes, LLC, and achieve arrangements so that the public will have access to and use of the Lake Superior shoreline on land owned by the city from 23rd Avenue East to near 25th Avenue East in the same manner as it does on the rest of the Lakewalk and Lake Superior shoreline.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution states the action the council wants undertaken.