Some Duluth residents say city is giving away the scenery

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.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Joshua Abell on 09/29/2009 - 11:07 am.

    Agenter’s obviously out of line. He must have known the conditions coming in to the situation. If not, he should have done more research.

    On the other hand I have to shake my head at Ringsred. Where does he live? Maybe the construction of his residence marred the aesthetics of Duluth.

    Things change. Life isn’t fair.

  2. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 09/29/2009 - 06:22 pm.

    Get the picture:

    Visualize…if Mpls-Lake Harriet were developed to the water’s edge, and in order to walk those old walking paths, once a natural part of the city’s park system, you were restricted because you would be ‘disturbing’the privacy
    of “what’s this”… a new row of houses or condo development lapping at the water’s edge?

    One could say the City of Duluth; or more directly the Planning Commission, is either ignorant or arrogant; or arbitrarily compromising; bastardizing the classic zoning principle with …” the highest and best ABUSE of the urban environment.”

  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/01/2009 - 12:02 pm.

    I have found that at least 99 percent of variances granted by city councils result in ugliness or such problems as cutting off all sunlight for a new building’s neighbors.

    Ordinances have reasons for being and should never be violated without a life-or-death reason.

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