We don’t always get it right, so here’s this week’s mea culpa: In the April 9th issue of the GSR, it was stated that Badger students built the original gazebo, and that was not true. The faculty members of Denison Jr. High School built the gazebo. The Geneva Shore Report article also failed to mention what is stated right on the gazebo plaque. The students of Denison Jr. High School 7th & 8th Grade Classes of 1976 provided the money for the gazebo.
The BigFoot controversy grows toward ignition, with community interest rising to a level of critical mass necessary to initiate nuclear fusion. The meeting to introduce the DNR re-route of BigFoot Beach Road (South Lake Shore Drive past the BigFoot Park area) was attended by more than fifty Town of Linn residents. And those residents were neither quiet nor anything but opposed by this ridiculously horrid plan. The DNR assault began by the local director of that organization starting his presentation with these words: “Our motives are pure…” and then trailed into a fifteen minute monologue about why an organization seemingly dedicated to protecting Wisconsin’s wetlands was planning on destroying almost one third of BigFoot Park in order to rebuild a road that needs no rebuilding. He also stated that the DNR, with Lake Geneva’s help, wants to put in a real beach where the last one was lost to erosion. He failed to mention that a new beach could be created without any re-routing of roadwork or destruction of over twenty percent of BigFoot Park’s forest and wetlands.
There was not confusion, no misunderstanding and very little tolerance for the DNR director’s diatribe. Chris Jones, Town of Linn board member, held the DNR’s metaphoric feet to the fire by continuing to ask how much wetland and timber would be lost to the road’s move and building of parking lots. The DNR had no real response. Craig DeYoung asked very discomforting questions about how dredging the lake and the lagoon to support a boat launch might change or affect the lake itself. What about sailboats, if the opening between the lake and lagoon envisioned was bridged over? DeYoung very quickly proved that a boat launch in BigFoot’s Lagoon would serve as no viable substitute for the downtown launching ramp Lake Geneva’s attempting to trade away.
A brilliant young man named Oliver spoke up from the back of the Town of Linn assembly hall at the very end of the meeting. He said that he was a very visual man and asked to be given only a few seconds to make a visual statement. He was given that opportunity and promptly asked the packed room for a show of hands. Not one hand was raised in favor of the BigFoot re-route plan, not even of the DNR strangers down from Madison. When asked for those opposed, Oliver, and the rest of the people attending, looked out over a forest of hands from almost everyone there. The Town of Linn meeting was not a definitive meeting in that no vote to approve or disapprove of anything was made. The meeting was to allow the DNR to show its poker hand in this game of ambient environmental warfare. The DNR stood and delivered, turning over cards lacking even the opening requirement of a pair of deuces. As the director of the DNR stated when he began his presentation however, he spoke with “pure motives.” Johnny Carson, of aging television talk show fame, used to use similar expressions: “Now this is no lie…”