Little Gems

The “Buttons Bay” thing.
Symphony Bay, that development for “sort of” old people who might not want to spend a lot of money for a real place on the lake, is apparently going to call the new boathouse they are expected to build in 2019 (with approval by the Town of Linn Board) Buttons Bay. The sign is up, prompting everyone to wonder if they are going to start digging a bit early. They can’t, at least not under the rules allowed for such things in the township. But what they can do is put up a sign for all the people who are already gathering on the lot to go over and use the current Boathouse Club boats, or maybe just the beach until such time that Symphony Bay has its own “timeshare” boats docked there. Whatever the case, the place at Deadman’s Curve is heating up as the summer hopefully cools down. But the trouble is coming for that curve and for all the people who use that road.

The invisible lake. 

Have you noticed how the lake is going away? States like California and Hawaii have their shorelines owned by the community at what they call the high tide line. What that really means is that the homeowners and businesses that dot the shores cannot make their water view and waterside lots private to outsiders. The water access and the shoreline up to a certain point belong to the people who make all that ownership possible. Note that certain “skateboard” kind of council members want to disappear more of the lake view by putting in piers and slips instead of buoys. Note how others want the road that runs right along Bigfoot Beach to be taken out and run inland…for safety, of course.

Nope, it is all about limiting the water view, access and use for what are called “owners” instead of the people who pay for the infrastructure (the taxpayers). What kind of huge lakeside residences would these wealthy people have if the towns, villages, and lakes around the lake decided to stop keeping up the roads around the lake, and then stop drivers from driving on them? Think about how the lake is disappearing right before your eyes the next time you see a local vehicular license plate that has a pier number on it. You are staring at the license plate of an owner, and by displaying that plate the owner is letting you know that the driver is and you are not!

The old church on the corner of Geneva and Broad Street has finally sold
Jody Mikkelsen owned it right up until the bitter end. The old-fashioned electrical, plumbing, heating and lack of insulation nightmare isn’t over, it’s just been moved to a new owner. The only shops left in the building are the Breadloaf Book Store and the Lake Geneva Cooking School, which allegedly is planning on leaving sometime in September. The building was once full of activity, with several thriving retail shops, and with the right funding and planning, it may be again. The church is now owned by Fontana Holdings, Inc. The only plans being discussed at this time are discussions about the long overdue repairs starting with a new roof. Jody is also talking about leasing some of the space back from the new owner to turn it into a coffee shop. The guy who bought the church is named Daniel Schuld.  He’s from Hampshire, Illinois but he also has a home in Fontana.   For 28 years Dan has headed up a sizable company (RPS Products) that provides high-quality humidification wicks, air cleaning filters, vacuum products and many other accessories.


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