Mayor proposing big changes for Duluth waterfront

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The mayor of Duluth is proposing big changes to the city’s waterfront on Lake Superior.

Mayor Don Ness is proposing the city fill in the Minnesota Slip, where the William A. Irvin freighter museum is docked. Ness says erosion has damaged seawalls and a pedestrian lift bridge across the slip has been unreliable. The Environmental Protection Agency has also identified the slip as a “hot spot” for contamination.

Ness says it could cost $18 million to $20 million just to maintain the status quo at the lakefront. Instead, Ness wants to fill in the slip, move the freighter down the shore to a new pier and relocate charter boats that use the slip to a new marina.

The Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/11Nqiap ) reports Ness says the city might be able to get state bond funding for waterfront development.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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