2005-09-03 / News

Hearing Set For Great Turtle Lodge

By Karen Gould

During a brief 30-minute City Council meeting Wednesday, August 31, Mayor Margaret Doud commended the Mackinac Island firemen who went to Mackinaw City on Sunday, August 28 to help fight the fire at Mama Mia’s Pizzeria Restaurant and the Mackinac Bridge Museum. She said it was a good example of mutual aid between the two cities.

Council members also decided to begin their winter meeting time, changing from a 6 p.m. to a 5 p.m. meeting start because of reduced ferry schedule hours for boats leaving the Island. They decided to hold a hearing for a bed and breakfast in violation of the building code, issued five temporary motor vehicle permits, and approved two on-Island business licenses.

City Attorney Tom Evashevski advised Council that Great Turtle Lodge is entitled to a hearing before the council and the board agreed the date would be September 29 at 4 p.m. in the council chambers at second floor of the Community Hall.

On August 17, Council initiated legal action against the bed and breakfast because it rents self-contained rooms and restricts guests from parts of the house, both in violation of rules regulating a bed and breakfast. The property is not zoned for hotels. Council also decided to initiate action to revoke its license to operate as a bed and breakfast.

Council approved motor vehicle permits for Grand Hotel and Mission Point Resort. Grand Hotel requested the permit to remove the Masco Art Collection. Mission Point requested four permits to transport propane to the Island on September 20, October 4, October 18, and November 1 from British Landing to the resort.

Two on-Island business licenses were approved for Rena’s Fudge near Arnold Line Boat Dock and Ryba’s Fudge by the Big Store.

The next city council meeting will be at 5 p.m., September 14, at the Community Hall.

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