The Island of Dr. Moreau. Lake Geneva does indeed have an island and it is as mysterious as that of Dr. Moreau (of novel and movie fame.)
It’s now called Duck Island. It’s still legally an island, even though Duck Island is connected to the mainland, right near the Lake Geneva Country Club, with a small causeway. The residents, if they can be called that, of Duck Island supposedly travel to cars parked in the country club parking lot using golf carts, to pass back and forth. What strange creatures reside on Duck Island? In the 40s and 50s, the island was merely a pile of rocks where fisherman caught great hauls of lake bass. Somehow, in one of the many extra-legal acquisitions of the time, the rock pile was filled over and an island was born. The taxes on the fake island are allegedly paid by somebody at a Hinsdale, Illinois address. It is illegal to visit the small island, because of special rights afforded to residences bordered completely by water. These are called riparian rights, and they are pretty bizarre. Even the utility and sewer people are prohibited from going to the island without either an invite or a warrant. It is almost certain that man-beast creatures, as described in the 1800’s novel, Island of Dr. Moreau, are not in residence on Duck Island, but it sure would make a great place for any fugitive from justice to hole up. Or even for people living on the lam using the Witness Protection Services of the U.S. Marshalls. If this island is inhabited by regular folks, and not folks assembled from the body parts of other animals, then everyone with a pickup or dump trucks should load up piles of rocks and start building islands.
Water frontage real estate on Lake Geneva is among the most expensive in the world.
Grease. The movie.
But the usage of the word in this article has only a distant comparable quality to the stuff young men wore to slick their hair back in the fifties and early sixties. Grease is being dumped directly into Lake Geneva by local restaurants, whether with deliberate intent or oblivious ignorance.
The Geneva Shore Report wrote about this cooking oil travesty two years ago. The paper recommended that then city administrator, Dennis (His Meanness) Jordon, build small barriers around the receptacles set aside in Lake Geneva’s alleys for that purpose. Jordon did what Jordon usually did. Unless he was dealing with a powerful well-heeled organization, nothing.
Alderperson Sarah Hill brought up the grease issue at the Lake Use Committee meeting last week. Her timely, and highly motivated comments, were met with astonishment on the part of most of the board members. Astonishment about as great as those expressed by Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
Come on Lake Geneva leaders!
Get behind the effort to keep Lake Geneva waters clear and clean.
In the U.S. Marine Corps there is an expression that appears to fit: “all the way, up the Hill!”