Yesterday we received the following update on the effort being made to repeal the recent changes to shoreland zoning and local control at the state level. John Richter and the Plum Lake Association of Vilas County are spearheading this effort. Also on record as being opposed to the legislation are the Wisconsin Counties Association and the boards of all Wisconsin counties.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
TO: ALL WSI LAKE ASSOCIATIONS
FROM: JOHN RICHTER
We have reached $50,000 of contributions for our legal and legislative effort. We seem to be averaging 3 to 6 letters a day bringing contributions and I am adding the names of the lakes to the footer below as they come in. Our expenses to date consist of the retainers for the law firm and the lobbyist of $12,500 total and fees to the state for registering the organization and principal of another $500 total. I would like to use this letter format as a form of stationery for our future letters and hope to get the bugs out of the process soon - this is not exactly my strong suit, but I will keep at it. As you can see, we have 41 organizations on board now and a few more still out there who have contacted us. Our goal is to spread our reach south and our people are talking to interested groups on Pewaukee Lake, Big Green Lake and Geneva Lake. If there is a neighboring lake association that is not on the list below - please pass on our email and whatever info you have and ask them to join us.
Individual contributions have been coming in regularly and we are planning to begin our individual campaign through our lake associations and other sources this coming week. As we develop our capabilities, we will develop of listing of individuals like the list below. Our letters to assist you in this effort are drafted for your use and we will be sending them out next week. This effort is awaiting the update on our progress on both fronts, which I now believe will happen next week. At that time I will be able to get more specific on what we have been working on and how the legislation is coming together. I appreciate your patience but I know you are aware of the situation. Our Initiative is growing and our progress has been very good. The response from Republican legislators has also been excellent.
My most sincere thanks for your dedication to our lakes and for stepping up and joining us in this effort. We obviously could not do this alone and it was both reassuring and heart warming to get such wonderful response so quickly. Please send this on to your members and other lake associations.
WISCONSIN SHORELAND INITIATIVE
THE LAKE AND PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS OF: PLUM LAKE BLACK OAK LAKE BIG PORTAGE LAKE THREE LAKES CHAIN FOUND LAKE BIG SAND LAKE BALLARD/IRVING/WHITE BIRCH LAKES NELSON LAKE BOULDER LAKE TWO SISTERS LAKE PELICAN LAKE BIG HORSEHEAD LAKE EAU CLAIRE LAKES IKE WALTON LAKE BAYFIELD COUNTY LAKES FORUM NORTHWEST WISCONSIN WATERS CONSORTIUM CRAB LAKE LONG LAKE BIG BASS LAKE LAKE KATHERINE FINGER LAKE EAGLE RIVER CHAIN LAKE OWEN UPPER ST. CROIX LAKES LAC COURTE OREILLES NORTH AND SOUTH TWIN LAKES CARPENTER LAKE WHITE SAND LAKE INDIAN LAKE MANITOWISH CHAIN YELLOW BIRCH LAKE HEWITT LAKE OSPREY LAKE WHITEFISH LAKE
VILAS, ONEIDA, POLK, DOUGLAS, IRON, WASHBURN AND WATERSMEET LAKES AND RIVERS ASSOCIATIONS
AND…DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION
SUPPORT THE DEFENSE OF OUR LAKES.