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Brown County to decide future of 55-acre island

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brown County officials are still trying to decide what should be done with a 55-acre island off the southern shore of Green Bay.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of transferring Renard Island over to the county. The property was built by the federal government in 1979 to store contaminated material dredged from the Fox River, WLUK-TV reported.

The County Board voted unanimously in May to take ownership of a road leading to the island. Officials hope efforts to turn the causeway into a permanent structure will be completed soon, according to Dean Haen, Brown County’s port director. Future planning can take place one the road is ready, he said.

“That’s on the horizon,” he said. “So the county then transitions from focusing on closure activities to wondering and trying to determine what the future for that 55-acre island will be.”

Brown County officials will eventually discuss what could be built on the island, with a focus on financial feasibility. Past conversations have explored transforming the island into a recreational area, wildlife conservatory or amphitheater.

“The point is, we have a 55-acre piece of property, on the waterfront, and there’s got to be valuable, recreational opportunities for that property,” Haen said.

Information from: WLUK-TV,

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