Little Glen – March 11, 2014

Photo courtesy of Rob Karner

Photo courtesy of Rob Karner

Crystal River Action in March – Otter eating a duck dinner

Otter

Photo courtesy of Rob Karner

Air Walk Update – February 13, 2014

To: Glen Lake Association Members
From: Peter Anderson, President, GLA
Re: Air Walk Update – February 13, 2014

Letters and emails to GLA continue to be 100% against the air walk.

Please review:

1)  Recent Glen Arbor Sun article with reader comments

2)  2/6/14 letter to the Leelanau Enterprise Editor by JoAnna Pepe

3)  2/6/14 letter to the Leelanau Enterprise Editor by Sara Ofenloch

4)  2/13/14 letter to the Leelanau Enterprise Editor by Lydia Belanger

5)  Winter 2014 GLA Newsletter which includes sample comments from membership

We will continue to keep you advised.

Air Walk Update – January 23, 2014

To: Glen Lake Association Members
From: Peter Anderson, President, GLA
Re: Possible “Air Walk” on south side of Big Glen: Update to 12/31/13 email blast

To update the GLA membership, please review:

1)  1/16/14 letter to the Leelanau Enterprise Editor by Susan Yamasaki, “Eco-Tourist Park Development Not Good for Lakeshore

2)  1/19/14 article by Michelle Merlin in the Traverse City Record Eagle, “Man Plans Canopy Walkway Through the Trees

3) 1/23/14 letter to the Leelanau Enterprise Editor by Brad and Cindy Dyksterhouse, “Air Walk Project Would Have Negative Impact

4) 150 foot spiral metal air walk tower

Our purpose remains:

1)  To notify GLA membership of this possible development, and seek and tally membership opinions.  Please let us know via email and note how many family members your opinion represents.

2)  Suggest the membership, and particularly Kasson Township property owners,  communicate opinions to Kasson Township officials and zoning board directly:
Clerk Traci Cruz:   kassontwpclerk@gmail.com
Supervisor Fred Lanham:  PO Box 62, Maple City, Michigan 49664
Zoning Administrator Mike Lanham:  kassontwpza@gmail.com

To date, all responses view this negatively as strictly a commercial enterprise with major ecological/environmental repercussions to the watershed.  We will continue to update the membership as additional information becomes available.

Please provide us your email address(es), if you have not done so, to facilitate further communication.  Please forward this information to those you deem appropriate, as well.

Possible “Air Walk” on South Side of Big Glen Lake

To: All Glen Lake Association Members

From: Peter Anderson, GLA President

Re: Possible Air Walk on South Side of Big Glen Lake

 

It is important that the GLA membership read the attached 12/19/13 article from the Leelanau Enterprise, and Judy Oetinger’s 12/19/13 letter to the editor that followed a recent initial proposal to Kasson Township.  The business plan includes a 150 foot tower, a 2,000 foot steel walkway 60 to 120 feet in the air, a large parking lot, a gift shop, and night lighting.  Note that the very tallest trees in our watershed are 70 feet tall.

 The GLA Board of Directors is concerned that this developer is using words like naturalist, eco-tourism and conservationist to disguise what is essentially a commercial enterprise which would be a threat to our delicate Glen Lake watershed.  The owners of the 83 acres, John and Wendy Martin, have not yet sold their property to the developer.

 Too often these “proposals” happen in the dead of winter.  We have sent an email blast to the GLA Membership as many are away from the area and would be interested and concerned as well.

 Our purpose is:

1)    To notify GLA membership of this possible development and seek and tally GLA membership opinions.  Please let us know via email.

2)    Suggest membership communicate opinions to Kasson Township officials and Zoning Board:

Clerk Traci Cruz:  kassontwpclerk@gmail.com

Supervisor Fred Lanham:  P.O. Box 62, Maple City, MI 49664

Zoning Administrator Mike Lanham:  kassontwpza@gmail.com

3)    Based upon your feedback, the GLA Board will determine if active opposition is appropriate at this early stage.

Our next board meeting is 1/16/14.  Look for periodic updates on this website.

Air Walk Picture

Lake Level Update from the Water Level Committee

Your GLA and its Water Level Committee know that the lake levels are high and have been for over six weeks. (Check the statistics on our website.) This past weekend’s powerful storms have made the situation worse, and we are currently 5 inches above our winter target lake level. Lake frontage pretty much everywhere was pounded by powerful wind and waves that caused the tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The Crystal River dam has been full open for over six weeks, so at this point, there is nothing we can do additionally.  The river flow is currently at maximum allowable, and any increase in the flow might cause river property flooding and possible breaching.

So, pray for a little sunny dry weather!

Bill Meserve, Chair Water Level Committee

Tamarack Cove on Big Glen – October 27

Photo courtesy of Rob Karner

Photo courtesy of Rob Karner

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