|Three Lakes on its way to becoming divided town|
Forty years ago, Sister Bay was a quaint Door County vacation community, highly desired yet dwarfed by other nearby destinations. The local residents and business owners wanted more development, and the vacationers who left their bustling cities behind for quietude wanted to maintain Sister Bay’s out-of-the-way flavor.Democracy at its best is everybody sitting down and listening to each other, and then working out what can best meet everyone’s needs. At its worst, democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner.
Sister Bay experienced democracy at its worst. The two sides still smiled at each other in public — after all, they needed each other. But under their breaths, the local residents started to call the vacationers “turkeys,” and the vacationers referred to the locals as “townies.” Decades have passed, and there are still undertones of animosity.
Like Sister Bay, Three Lakes is on its way to becoming a town divided. The community had an opportunity to work together on the all-terrain vehicle issue, but it chose instead the way of wolves and sheep.
|Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:41 PM|