The Bright Side

The old Traver Hotel property:
The empty lot at 323 Broad Street will not remain empty for much longer. The Lake Geneva Architects presented an application for a conditional use permit for a commercial multi-structure to the planning commission. The plan is to build a two-story structure with both a parking area and a garage. The first floor would be office space, and the upper level would be converted into two residential condo-like units. The planning commission questioned both the residential, and short-term possibilities, of the units, and was reassured that they would both be long-term rentals. It was passed to the council meeting Monday night and the council voted yes with a handful of compliments to the Lake Geneva Architects and their impressive rendering and presentation. Now, since the short term rental of the condos is based upon the word of the senior architect…will his word be good?


October’s Committee of the Whole meeting will focus on parking, and Sylvia, the Parking Manager, is hard at work preparing her presentation.
She plans to address the issues that have appeared along with the current software that the kiosks use. Notably, they are experiencing a continual delay in processing cards, which has resulted in undeserved parking tickets. Sylvia wants to eliminate the stigma that comes with those tickets. Also, the current kiosks don’t have much of a life span left and will need to be replaced within the next couple of years with a model that is faster and can be serviced if needed. Sylvia will be recommending how many kiosks Lake Geneva will need and which type is the best for the city as well as drivers. She is also hoping to have another parking app available to users at the beginning of next year. Right now she is testing it out and if it all works out she would like to sign a contract by the end of this year. Sylvia has a lot of great ideas for the City of Lake Geneva and always puts together great presentations. This next one is sure to be just as informative.


The Geneva Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show returns to The Abbey this Friday, September 27th and runs through Sunday, September 29th.
Enjoy a boatload of entertainment, and view over 100 classic and antique boats on display, from all over the country. Festivities start on Friday night with speaker Charles Tillman, a retired Bears cornerback, speaking at the Lake Geneva Museum about his experience building his own rowboat. He and his partner, Jacob Beckley, built the rowboat and then rowed for 24 hours to cross Lake Michigan to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. On Saturday and Sunday, you can meet and visit Charles in Fontana at the boat show. An annual parade of the participating boats will take place on Saturday, September 28th at 4:00 p.m. Attendees will also enjoy live music, food, local vendors and then vote for their favorite boat. Winners will be announced on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this annual tradition at the Abbey Marina.



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