Hello New Buffalo – Susan Gotfried

IMG_1131My husband and I moved to New Buffalo in 2002 from Saginaw, Michigan.  Prior to moving here, I was in not-for-profit management for twenty five years and I was a surveyor for a national accreditation organization. I served on various community committees and am a former Bay County Board of Commissioner member.  I was the chairperson of the newly formed New Buffalo Parks Board in 2006.  My education includes a BBS and a MBA.  I have two daughters and four grandchildren.  I also am a master gardener.

When we first moved to New Buffalo, I was interested in the condition of the city parks including the beachfront.  There were many signs near the beach – mostly homemade – stating and restating what people were not to do at the beach and park.  The bathrooms were in terrible shape and the entire lakefront shabby and ill-kept with weeds growing around the parking lot and benches.  I believed the city could do better so I took pictures and presented them to the city council.  I found that input and suggestions were not well received and the prevailing view of the council members was that they liked the lakefront as it was.  That is when I decided to become involved and try to improve the parks of New Buffalo.  I had few successes.  The homemade signs were removed but the beach building and weeds are still there.  Although the park board recommended a very well qualified park planner, the city council chose an alternative and wasted over 2.4 million dollars on an unsuccessful attempt to improve Oselka park.

I believe that it is time that we have a community blog to keep informed about our parks, down town and beach front.  I spoke to many frustrated people who all feel that attending city council meetings and trying to get involved on city boards and committees did not induce change  We all know that our city and parks look worse today than they did ten years ago.

If attending meetings and joining boards doesn’t work, what will?  In our community there are brilliant minds and untapped ideas.  Let’s share them on this blog.  Let’s not allow the five people on the city council to make all the decisions.  We do not have a city newspaper that provides editorial critique of our city or its leadership. This lack of community oversight allowed the five individuals on the city council to not only make financial mistakes but to continue to make the same mistakes over and over. This blog can fill the void.  Citizens, we don’t have to give up or feel helpless, let’s work on this together.

It is 12 years later.  As a community, we decided not to tolerate the ineffective decisions made by the city council, through a recall effort, we replaced all five council members and the city manager was terminated. This type of success can only be accomplished if important issues are exposed, shared, and discussed. Once voters are provided the facts, their goal of a better place to live becomes a reality.  (added on 12/14/2014)
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50 thoughts on “Hello New Buffalo – Susan Gotfried

  1. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Good point Shawn, the city council gets annoyed when citizens speculate why the police chief got forced out of office while the council members say nothing only tell us it’s a done deal and irritated when citizens complained that since the beginning of a plan for new sidewalks in New Buffalo, the council never once took the plan in front of the Planning Commission or held a public hearing. They believe they hold divine power, all knowing what is the the best interest of the people who pay the taxes.

  2. Shawn

    In a American where ” transparency ” is more and more prevalent and demanded Why is the transparency of the local new Buffalo government becoming more clouded ?

  3. Susan Gotfried Post author

    I don’t think the judge has the tapes in his possession but it is an interesting idea, maybe worth a try. But what troubles me is the city’s attitude that they can continue to violate the FOIA after being dragged to court and spending tens of thousands of dollars on a case they lost. If they do not hand over the videos to me through the appeal, I will take them to court for the release of the videos. I don’t suppose Judge Wiley will be happy to see the city in his court again because they defied his orders and the risk management company will not be happy to see another case for them to defend concerning the same videos.

  4. Susan Gotfried Post author

    I give you credit that you take the time to video tape the meetings. It is something the mayor should require but doesn’t. It is funny that the city manager has to go to your Face Book page and use the information then share it on my blog. I was glad to be able to go back to it to hear what exactly was said. It appeared to me that Mr. Lawson and Mr. Geisler both raised their voices. My voice came through nice in clear thanks to your equipment. Without it, the audience usually can’t be heard at all because the city does not supply any audio equipment for the people attending the meeting.

  5. Regenia 'Rocky' Zubrys

    Here is link to November city council meeting. Thanks for posting, it can also be found on Facebook at Citizens to Save New Buffalo.

  6. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Sara, we do deserve better. Like any other community or organization, pride comes from the top down. Until we have leadership in our community who are more interested in moving our city forward instead of maintaining power, than nothing will change.

    Murray and Lawson put an unqualified man into the position of city manager. They used the city attorney to both represent the mayor and the city council in contract negotiations. They are currently being investigated for ethics violations.

    Murray and Lawson appointed a new city council member three days prior to the new city council member had an opportunity to vote on the selection.

    Murray and Lawson changed the terms of their two appointed council members so that their appointed terms end up being almost 18 months – without being elected or accountable to us.

    These are just examples of how they seem to be more interested in retaining their power than working for us. It is time for a recall or be stuck with our town the way it is for the next three years.

  7. Sara

    I forgot to add, the public beach is beyond disgusting with cigarette butts everywhere. Why do they even allow smoking on a family beach? Police don’t enforce the no dog rule once summer is over. Why bother having rules if they aren’t enforced? I constantly see people walking on the dune grass which destroys the dunes. When is the traffic to the public beach going to be resolved? Forget trying to drive anywhere near that area in the summer. How hard would it be to have someone direct traffic? Why are we ok with the status quo? We need to stop being a small sleepy town. Let’s take pride in our city. Pick up trash! City, put more trash cans around!
    Especially, with all the people coming into town due to that horrible casino. Really, it has turned the town into a money grabbing mob. Especially, the city officials.
    If I see another thank you letter or photo to the casino in the paper; I may throw up!

  8. Susan Gotfried Post author

    The city council just approved an application for a not-profit organization to try to get MI Main Street status and approved forming a DDA – perhaps with motivated citizens involved, the downtown can be transformed. Of course, we need to change the city council to actually get change.

  9. Sara

    I do agree that the Main Street of New Buffalo looks horrible, and it isn’t inviting to citizens or tourist alike. But there are many factors involved.
    For example; rent is high so it discourages new business’s. It is a seasonal town which makes it hard to operate a business. That being said; money should be spent in town and at the public beach (preserving the dunes) and not in Oleska Park.
    That big lot near the drugstore is a disgrace. So is that empty Dairy Queen, along with the big empty bldg on Whittaker. How long is the city going to let that bldg remain? It’s been years! Why is the city only enforcing some laws and ordinances and not others? Why are there big ulgy signs all over town? I know advertising is nice, but these are just an ulgy mess! Lastly, where can I find the salaries of the mayor, police chief, city mgr, city lawyer, ect? Oh, and stop charging for the lame festivals put on by the New
    Buffalo business owners Association.

  10. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Agreed, but the city council and city management do nothing year after year – they have plans but nothing develops, that is why many concerned citizens are interested in the MI Main Street model.

  11. Joe Hoffman

    As a resident of New Buffalo, it is by far time that we fix up the two blocks of “downtown” in order to attract more businessess. Compared to many nearby towns, (S. Haven for one), NB looks a mess. We need some nice street lights, pavers, benches, flowers and also a proper cross walk on Whittaker. In the end, this will help businesses. You have to spend money to make money.

  12. Susan Gotfried Post author

    My husband I do much bike riding in the summer and find that Indiana roads are kept in much better shape than our county’s roads – very disheartening as I’ve lived in Michigan all my life and was always proud of the conditions of the roads.

  13. John Chandler

    I just read that the Berrien County Road Commissioner was fired! About time!

    As I previously posted, I drove in from the Detroit area on US 12. The highway and town roads along the way were in very good shape. No sooner did I get into BC I felt the difference; holes, craters, broken payment, etc. I just thought the roads around NB were bad but it seems to be in many areas around the county too.

    Michigan has been blessed with massive Federal spending and I can see the difference in many, many towns and places throughout Michigan compared with five years ago. Downtown Benton Harbor alone is a shining example. So if all this Federal money was available, why did not BC get its fair share and fix up these depolorable roads? For the new BC Roads Commissioner this should be priority number one!

  14. Brendan

    Oops. Sorry. I thought I was responding to John’s post.

    “Even in the so called “better neighborhoods” along the lake it is not uncommon to see bullet riddled buildings and shot out windows with curtins blowing in the wind, mattresses and other garbage in front lawns, downed traffic signs, big rats openingly running amok, etc. etc.”

  15. Brendan

    This is a joke right? If so, fine work. If not, where are you seeing these bullet-riddled buildings?

  16. Susan Gotfried Post author

    John, Think about writing your thoughts in a letter to the editor and if you are on Face Book, join us at New Buffalo Blog – sign in to attend a community meeting with Michigan Main Street. This mwwting is sponsored by concerned citizens. And keep your thoughts coming. Many of us wonder why more busineses aren’t upset with the conditions of downtown and as you pointed out, the entire city.

  17. John Chandler

    I totally agree with Kate and Roman Vyskocil’s column, it is deplorable the condition the town has fallen into.

    Even in the so called “better neighborhoods” along the lake it is not uncommon to see bullet riddled buildings and shot out windows with curtins blowing in the wind, mattresses and other garbage in front lawns, downed traffic signs, big rats openingly running amok, etc. etc.

    One thing I don’t get is why the real estate people are not up in arms about this. It certainly can’t help their sales taking people through a war zone on the way to see a multi-million dollar home. I know if I was looking at buying in this area and saw the blight I would seriously re-consider.

    The real sad thing is that in comparison to the new shiny downtown Benton Harbor we look like more like the old Benton Harbor!

  18. Susan Gotfried Post author

    DON’T FORGET MICHIGAN MAIN STREET PROGRAM, THURSDAY, MAY 30, 6:30 PM, NEW BUFFALO CITY HALL. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE ATTENDING. THIS IS A MEETING ORGANIZED BY RESIDENTS.

  19. linda Wood

    agree with all of the above comments, the downtown is sorely lacking. the eyesore of the abandoned building is the worse, followed by the vacant lot on Whittaker and Red Arrow.

  20. Kate Vyskocil

    Susan,
    I submitted this article to the Harbor Country News and to the New Buffalo Times today.
    Kate

    As small business owners in downtown New Buffalo, we understand how difficult it is to survive in a town that depends heavily on seasonal tourism. Yet factor in the vacant storefronts, half-finished construction and a main street whose surface is an eyesore, and the survival rate plummets. It is no wonder new businesses have a tough time. The visible neglect of downtown New Buffalo is a hindrance to both existing businesses and the attraction of future business.

    In addition to all of the recently closed businesses, there is the decrepit old Dairy Queen further down Red Arrow, the empty Jackson’s Southwest and the vacant Paul’s Michigan Fruit Stand. The previous site of Joe Jackson’s Fruit Stand at Whittaker and Red Arrow is full of weeds in the summer and used to sell cars and boats and post garage sale signs. When one drives through New Buffalo and the surrounding township, it is beginning to look like a ghost town.

    For years, there has been talk of a master plan for the city of New Buffalo. Right now, we need a maintenance plan. Why aren’t small improvements, such as landscaping and street maintenance, happening now? For example, we have repeatedly asked the city to add more garbage cans along Whittaker Street. The few garbage cans that are there fill up very quickly in the summer. Some customers bring garbage into our restaurant for disposal when the garbage cans are full, but others throw the trash into the street and onto the sidewalks. Adding more garbage cans is a simple, low-cost improvement to our main street that we have requested numerous times, yet nothing has come of our requests. Instead, money was invested into Oselka Park, an area off the radar of the visitors who are our main source of income.

    Citizens in New Buffalo want improvement. It is time for the city council to take action and start representing the public as they were elected to do. We cannot depend on the lake to continue to draw people to New Buffalo when the town is full of failed businesses and poorly maintained infrastructure. We need proactive leadership in our city council, and we need it now.

    Kate and Roman Vyskocil
    Rosie’s Restaurant

    Local residents, check out http://www.newbuffaloblog.com to get on board with improving our community.

  21. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Linda, your letter is excellent – it says it all. I read in the Harbor Country News
    http://www.harborcountry-news.com/articles/2013/02/17/news/doc511ba9865fdca137520301.txt that the water at the public access of the Galian River in New Buffalo City’s harbor is 17 inches low and even with dredging, boaters might not be able to utilize it this summer. The city council assumes that the downtown doesn’t matter because we will always have boaters and swimmers but what if the boating isn’t a possibility this summer? Our town will suffer but suffer even more if the downtown looks the way it does right now because besides boating, there is nothing to draw people here.

  22. Linda Parduhn

    Susan I have submitted this letter to the Editor of the Harbor Country News.
    Thanks
    Linda
    To the Editor:

    My husband and I returned to the area after being away for six weeks and came back to a sad and depleted downtown New Buffalo. Indiana Health had closed. Casey’s had closed. No progress on the long abandoned midtown project. Add this to the previous closures of Hannah and Harry’s, the Bookstore, and the Wheel Inn and it is not a pretty picture. To top it off, in mid-February, the holiday greenery in the downtown decorative pots was still there-dead, dry, and unattractive.
    Why do I care about dead holiday greenery? It is a symptom of the general malaise and neglect in this community regarding downtown. Add the dead greenery to the boarded up windows and empty storefronts and we have a bigger problem than just forgetting to take down the holiday decorations.
    As they say, who is minding the store? What should be the jewel of Harbor Country is languishing. I understand that the economy has been a major factor in business failures and has been hard on real estate development. But surely now, with a rebound in sight and an uptick in home sales in the area, the city can take action on cleaning up the mess downtown.
    The biggest eyesore is the half constructed complex at midtown with flapping plastic sheets and plywood over the windows. Parking is inadequate during the peak months; the completion of the parking structure would be a great help to visitors and locals alike. Why is this not done? At this point I do not know who owns that property, or if they are paying taxes on it. Does the city council have the authority to force completion or levy fines upon the owner until it is completed? If not, can they at least take some legal action or at the very least engage in dialogue with the owners?
    It is not all bad news; there are encouraging signs in New Buffalo. We welcome and patronize the newer businesses like the wonderful Local, Little Tokyo, and the Grateful Diner. The new Galien park and lakefront park improvements are exciting. The Township Park is fabulous.
    However, all the parks in the world will not make up for a sad unkempt and deteriorating downtown. Wake up City Council! Take action Chamber of Commerce! Local residents please get involved! Something must be done for New Buffalo so that we do not become known as the eyesore of Harbor Country.
    Sincerely,
    Linda Parduhn
    Grand Beach

  23. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Perhaps you would consider writing an email to Mayor Peterson requesting a meeting with Michigan Main Street or urging him to ensure the city manager has short-term and long-term goals for revitalizing the downtown business district. If you do, let us know that you did. We need to ensure that our local elected official are accountable to us.

  24. Lillian Mickas

    It so agree with with all thoughts submitted by all…Looking forward to more…Great Idea….

  25. KH

    Thought I’d ad to the main page of this blog – energizing some community action and spearheading improvements is great. I think visibility of this blog could increase via posting to Harbor Country / NB Facebook pages. Setting up a meeting with the Michigan Main Street Program is a great start. Other suggestions? Perhaps meeting on a Saturday morning, or alternating Wednesday a.m. and Saturday a.m. for those of us not able to meet on Wednesday. Also, perhaps at some point organizing a community group more officially (i.e., “Citizens Creating the Best for New Buffalo” or some other acronym like that. Recruiting feedback and participation from the downtown businesses? What about the Pokagon Fund? (I am ignorant of how that works so maybe a moot point). I’d love to see some real improvements through community action.

  26. Linda Parduhn

    See my above post, Councilwoman Maroko. CAN the city levy fines or force these folks to complete the work?
    Thanks!

  27. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Thanks Larry, it is important to get comments like yours about these issues. The accident you describe sounds terrible and as you said could have been prevented. Let’s hope our city council listens to us when we tell them how dangerous the hill is for the children and that they don’t wait until a child is severely hurt. As far as the band shell, there are many people in the community who would agree with you about the band shell’s location. Near the beach and downtown would be much better instead of the bottom of a sledding hill.

  28. Larry

    Hi Susan & New Buffalo. Congratulations on your blog. Let’s hope that good things will come from this type of forum.

    It’s been fun watching the families enjoying the sledding hill – Michigan, Indiana and Illinois plated cars and all. One of my observations and anxieties, however, is the fact that kids have been sliding down the Bronson side of the hill and could easily end up in traffic. I feel it would be wise to place a snow fence on this portion of the hill to discourage this risky behavior. It happens even with adults in attendance. Modern parenting.

    Another worry I have is the light pole at the end of the sled runs. Depending on the conditions, some of the sledders have come dangerously close to the cement base. When I was in my residency, I assisted my attending and a neurosurgeon while they reconstructed a child’s frontal bone (part of the skull) which had been crushed when she sledded head-first into a light pole at the city park in her community. A horrific event that could have been prevented. Again , a suggestion – if our city park officials were to place several straw bales in front of the pole’s base, this could help prevent a tragic accident.

    Lastly, and along the same line of thinking, if the City is planning on constructing a bandshell at the base of the sledding hill, think of all the injuries that would cause – bad idea. If we truly need/want/have the money for a bandshell, I’d suggest considering another site, maybe closer to the lakefront and downtown. Concerts by the lake sounds like a great way to spend the summer, enjoy a cool lake breeze and be close to the businesses of downtown.

    Again congrats on the blog!
    Larry

  29. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Agree, agree. agree Limda. I guess as a group of volunteers without money, we are looking at what we could do without depending on the city officials. Perhaps a small amount of beauty would spark the residents to realize that we don’t have to live with the “blight”. The “big dig”in the middle of town shouldn’t have been allowed to happen. I’m sure there are ways to construct commerical building permits so that after a certain amount of time, fines are assessed on the unfinished structure – but the people in charge of our town didn’t do that so now they seem to have given up. They threatened prosecution of my husband and me for paying $650 to cut down two dead trees in the city’s right of way. I thought we should have gotten a thank you instead of being slapped with citations. But the “big dig” on our main street doesn’t seem to generate that type of hostile response instead the city just seems to accept it.

  30. Linda Parduhn

    While I agree that there is horrible blight downtown, I would like to see a more comprehensive plan than planting flowers on that empty lot. To me the larger scar on town is the undeveloped unfinished half bulding/half parking lot structure. I do not understand why the city cannot make these “new” owners get this thing done. Even if it stands empty it should at least include a completed building and parking lot. Cannot the city levy fines? And the lack of parking in the summer is appalling, I cannot even go to the bank in high season. A completed parking lot would be great. Can the group apply some pressure in this regard along with beautification efforts? Thanks!

  31. Susan Gotfried Post author

    We haven’t heard back from Susan Maroko as to which Farina was contacted about using the vacant lot but hopefully she can fill us in before next Wednesday.

  32. arlene urquhart

    Hi Susan,

    Who made the contact with Mr. Farina? Which Mr. Farina — Dominic or Ron? Maybe we could re-visit the idea with him. We can talk about it a Dave’s next week.

    Arlene

  33. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Where would the band shell at Oselka Park go? If it is at the bottom of the sledding hill, if we do get snow, the kids would either have the option of sledding into the band shell or the street and trees on the other side. Also, there are no trees there so it would be very, very, hot. Did anyone explore the idea of some type of portable stage that could be used with the pavilion? It is nice at the New Buffalo Township park that they didn’t have to spend money on two separate structures.

    Yes, money is always a problem but we are talking about a grass root effort. It is a shame that so much money was wasted at Oselka Park but it is time to let that go and move forward. No more money should be wasted there.

  34. Susan Maroko

    I completely agree that “Dominic Farina’s empty corner lot would be to do something…” Warren Peterson and I both worked to develop a plan and Mr. Farina is in agreement. The question is where do we get the funds to do that? With the other projects being worked on. Oselka Park, the beachfront (BTW – the City has been given a grant to help start that). The thinking behind a bandshell at Oselka is that it would provide a nice grassy area, hill included to hear music.

    Susan Maroko
    Councilmember

  35. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Liz, glad to hear from you! Yes, the library and the group who had a vision and went with it is an inspiration of what can be accomplished here. No idea will be considered too big or small. Let’s look at all of them. I don’t think money is an issue when the city poured over 2.4 million dollars into Oselka Park and ended up with the very disappointing results. Vision and money are two different things and because you have money doesn’t mean you have vision and having vision might be in spite of having money. I am looking forward to seeing you at David’s.

  36. Liz Ennis

    Your blog is a great idea. Glad you acted on it . We have been here 8 years and have come to believe that the town must be very financially challenged. Why else would it look like this? It seems that tourists come in spite of lack of “charm.” A few years ago I participated in a request to send ideas for improving our town. I called mine, NEW BUFFALO, BEAUTIFUL ! While it was considered interesting, it was also thought too big to undertake. Oh well, I thought. Perhaps it was ,even though I didn’t think so. Now several years later, I think most ideas must be too big in NB as little seems to be improved. A huge exception is the example of our future library. A small group of caring citizens have made it happen with the support of voters. I look forward to joining you and others at David’s. 9 would be better. Liz Ennis

  37. Susan Gotfried Post author

    9 am is fine with me. Please spread the word about going to David’s on Wednesdays and also about this blog. I think it would be great if the city council members read this blog and responded to it too. Doing something simple and inexpensive on the corner is a good idea because all that would be needed is to get Farina’s permission without having to purchase the property. I think that most people who live here would love to donate some of their plants and time for a cause like this. Our collective sense of hopelessness could be overcome by seeing something beautiful transpire on the main corner of the town.

  38. Gary Reinmuth

    I think this blog is a great idea. Kathleen and I have talked about these issues many times. Watching this town fall apart and seeing the city council do absolutely nothing to try to fix things is constantly frustrating.

    I firmly believe that the new library is going to be built because the city council had nothing to do with it–except to (reluctantly) let us go ahead with the millage.

    Our suggestion for Dominic Farina’s empty corner lot would be to do something as simple, temporary and inexpensive as possible, given that he probably is hoping to hold out until he can find somebody who wants to develop it. For example: maybe we could get the garden club to do a landscape plan (or get a company to donate their time), then figure out how to dump lots of topsoil on the lot and then ask NB residents either donate or purchase some perennials or small evergreens for the space.

    Whatever we do, I think meeting at David’s to brainstorm is a good idea. Then, once we come up with some ideas we could all show up the city council meeting and at least let them know why we are unhappy and what we are unhappy about.

    Gary Reinmuth

    P.S. How about 9 a.m. instead of 8:30. I don’t wake up till then. Also, I think a lot of the people who worked on the library millage would be ideal candidates for this movement.

  39. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Funny, I had proposed a similar idea about having donation bricks and such at Oselka Park. I had seen it done in Saugatuck but I too didn’t get far with my “innovative” idea. I even once suggested that the city sponsor some sort of contest for upgrading the facades of the downtown stores. And concerning the lot at the corner of Whittaker and U.S. 12, it is a great idea to have a park there. Maybe there could be a little fountain, trees, and picnic tables. It would be a welcome to all who enters are little town. Plus, it would be a wonderful place for the citizens to gather in the summer for a morning coffee, afternoon sweet, or an evening chat.

    It would be a great site for a garden club to design and provide upkeep to – even some local Master Gardeners might be interested in helping out. Perhaps it is possible for the city to purchase the land at a reduce rate. Since we are the first city that tourist come to when entering “Pure Michigan” maybe there is even state help available. Wouldn’t there be an advantage for tourism along the lakefront if the first thing people saw was a sweet little town with a sweet little park?

    At one time I did suggest that the city go after grants when there was a number of them available for the purpose of Lake Michigan lakefront cities improving their facades for tourism. At that time, the city officials were “suspicious” of grants because of the so called strings attached. So cities like Saugatuck, Muskegon, South Haven, and Boyne all received monies to help enhance their downtown. Although those grants are gone, there might be more available.

  40. arlene urquhart

    When I first moved here as a second home-owner in the early 80’s, I mentioned (jokingly) that when I won the lotto, I would buy downtown — tear down the unsightly wires, widen the sidewalks using nice landscaping and benches, re-surface Whittaker St. and install quaint, but serviceable, streetlights.

    Now, just a “few” years later, it looks worse, mainly because of the partially built “blight.”

    Regarding parks and one other “unmentionable,” restrooms —

    On a visit to Glen Arbor, MI, a few years ago, I took some pictures of a newly developed lot-sized park in the middle of one of the downtown blocks. It was very tasteful, had nice restrooms, covered area with bulletin boards, meandering paths and benches and landscaping throughout. It was made possible through, first, a land donation and then through fund-raising exchanging names on path bricks, benches, etc., for donations. I took the pictures thinking someone in New Buffalo might think about such a thing.
    Truthfully, I didn’t work very hard at it, just mentioning it here and there, but I still have the pictures. Lately, I thought it would be wonderful if the Farinas would donate their eye-sore lot at the corner of Whittaker and Buffalo streets. We could name it Dominic Farina Park and then proceed as Glen Arbor did in the fund-raising.

    I agree that emphasis on Oselka Park has been a costly mistake. The business about putting the band-shell there is ridiculous. It will get as much play as the skate park.

    Do I sound frustrated? I don’t know that I would do my best thinking at 8:30 a.m. I’m in a retired rut and take longer to get it going.

  41. Susan Gotfried Post author

    Seems like David’s is the place to see others in the community. I’m open to any place but since David’s is on main street, it might be the best place. I’m thinking about 8:30 am on Wednsesdays. The shot is from our front yard, thank you.

  42. Kathy

    What a beautiful picture; looks like somewhere in New Buffalo, right? Maybe we should ask where folks would like to meet to talk. David’s has become an unofficial gathering place; mornings are bustling there… what day, time & place is best?

  43. Susan Gotfried Post author

    It is so true, there is a hole where a city use to be but the soul of the city is in its people – we need to talk on this blog or at David’s on Wednesday mornings. Cheers

  44. Kathy

    When I first started coming to Harbor Country, Whittaker St. was quaint and interesting with many unique buildings and quirky businesses. The combination of the economic downturn and some greedy developers left some big holes in the fabric of New Buffalo’s downtown. This limerick sums up my thoughts on the subject:

    FILL THE HOLE

    There once was a town on the Lake.
    It tore down some stuff by mistake.
    It left a big hole
    where once was its soul;
    Let’s fill it for everyone’s sake.

    If you would like to share your ideas for filling the hole, talk about it online at newbuffaloblog.com
    or over coffee at David’s Deli Friday mornings at 8am (when they re-open in late January)

  45. Kathy

    When I first started coming to Harbor Country, Whittaker St. was quaint and interesting with many unique buildings and quirky businesses. The combination of the economic downturn and some greedy developers left some big holes in the fabric of New Buffalo’s downtown. This limerick sums up my thoughts on the subject:

    FILL THE HOLE

    There once was a town on the Lake.
    It tore down some stuff by mistake.
    It left a big hole
    where once was its soul;
    Let’s fill it for everyone’s sake.

    If you would like to sahre your ideas for filling the hole, talk about it online at newbuffaloblog.com
    or over coffee at David’s Deli Friday mornings at 8am (when they re-open in late January)

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