2014-05-24 / News

Court Order Stops Work at Beaver Dock

A plan to use the Beaver Dock as a temporary municipal freight dock was put on hold last week when Mackinac County Circuit Court Judge William Carmody signed a temporary restraining order, ceasing work at the dock Friday, May 16.

The City of Mackinac Island leased the Beaver Dock from Mission Point Resort Wednesday, May 14, to resolve concerns about congestion at the Shepler and Star Line docks downtown.

The Beaver Dock is not zoned for widespread commercial use, but a non-conforming use agreement from 1991 allows the dock to accept freight for Mission Point Resort.

In agreeing to lease the dock, the city planned to offer the Beaver Dock for wider commercial use, offering subleases to any freight company that wanted to dock there.

Preparing the Beaver Dock for increased freight service began Wednesday evening, May 14.

The following night, Thursday, May 15, Patrick Drueke of Rhoades McKee law firm filed an injunction to stop the implementation of the temporary lease agreement. Mr. Drueke represents adjacent property owner James Azzar, who is suing the city for not enforcing its zoning ordinance at the Beaver Dock.

Judge Carmody signed the temporary restraining order Friday morning and scheduled a hearing on the case for Friday, May 23, at 9 a.m. in Mackinac County Circuit Court.

Only Mission Point Resort can receive freight at the dock while the restraining order is in effect.

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