A lawsuit filed in Duluth claims that city-allowed developments are destroying the city’s natural beauty.
The Duluth News Tribune says the suit was initiated by Eric Ringsred and Marilyn Campetti of Duluth, but also lists Friends of the Lakewalk and Friends of Skyline Parkway as plaintiffs.
They’re asking for Environmental Impact Statements before developments that infringe on scenery are allowed.
Said the paper:
Ringsred said he has considered legal action since the Beacon Pointe condominiums were built too close to the public shoreline to allow for a standard Lakewalk extension to be built. He added he’s been bothered by developments on Skyline Parkway, including Bill Agenter’s house near 38th Avenue West.
“I could see the piecemeal destruction of the whole boulevard,” he said.
But it was Agenter’s request to close the overlook to the public from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. that was the last straw, he said.
“All of a sudden, it exploded into the public eye,” Ringsred said. “Can you imagine the gall of these people, taking that view for themselves, then asking the city to close the overlook?”
On Monday night the city council rejected the request to close the overlook.
“The issue created a firestorm,” Council member Sharla Gardner said. “Skyline Parkway is historic for our city. … It’s something for all of our residents to enjoy.”