Birchwood Village / Docks dispute divides town

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Birchwood Village, a small town that sits on the south shore of White Bear Lake, offers beautiful lake views, a cabin-community feel and ample access to the metro's second-largest lake. Full Story
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Dec 20, 2009
I'm a tea-bagee!!
BearManNorth

AOL

#3 Dec 20, 2009
Those docks should be removed, and the beaches opened back up to the public as it was ment to be...a fishing dock, maybe...but that`s about it.
Jonathan

Colorado Springs, CO

#4 Dec 21, 2009
It is incredible that the Pioneer Press passes this article off as news. It would be far more appropriately placed in the opinion section.

The author fails to acknowledge the bias of those interviewed, either for or against the docks. she fails miserably to truly address the issues involved. Rather, she leaves nasty connotations as to the motives of certain individuals while allowing others to go unexplored.
Jonathan

Colorado Springs, CO

#6 Dec 22, 2009
If greed is an issue on the table, then let's really look at it. Why are these property owners concerned about the easements and associations? Is it because they are so truly altrusitic that they want everybody to enjoy the lake. If that is the case, why don't they open up their docks and shoreline to the public? Especially since their docks extend into the lake itself and are therefore extending into public property as deliniated by the high-water mark of the lake. A far more plausible answer, that looks to the motivation of greed, is that they are concerned for their property values. The true greedy and selfish people here are the people working against the dock associations, trying to limit access to the lake to only those who own lakeshore property.

The associations are open for citizens of Birchwood to join and offer them the opportunity to use a dock and boat. Further the associaitons do not limit public access to the lake, as anybody can go down and use the easements and enjoy the lakeshore. In most cases, the dock associations actually work for the betterment of the easements by volunteering their time, money and effort to the upkeep of the easements so the City does not bear those costs.

I appreciate disinterested comments, they are important perspectives to an issue. However, comments uninformed of the true issues involved and using only this poorly written article as a reference are far less than helpful. Which is why this article is opinion, not news. The Light of Day comments merely substantiate that this article is a poorly writen opinion that leads to uninformed and premature decisions by disintered parties.

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