Join us in encouraging the Geneva Lake Association (GLA) to take legal action against Walworth County and Brian Pollard to prevent the abusive commercialization of lakefront property in Buttons Bay. The GLA has consistently stood up to protect Geneva Lake and our lakeside communities from destructive commercialization as they did in protecting and preserving the Geneva Lake Shorepath last year; let's request they take a stand again!
As informed members of the Geneva Lake community, we are disheartened to learn the Walworth County Zoning Agency's recent decision to approve Brian Pollard’s request for a conditional use permit for a private Club House on the lakefront. Regardless of what Mr. Pollard insists, the result “keyholes” the 400+ Vacation Homes being sold 3 miles away at Symphony Bay Development onto 93 feet of Geneva lakefront at the foot of Buttons Bay. Each Vacation Home purchase comes with Club House ownership in Buttons Bay and the offer to join the Boat Club. Boat congestion is already impossible in this area as is vehicular traffic along Big Foot Beach and foot traffic on the shore path that cuts through the property. Further congestion and pollution will degrade Geneva Lake by disrupting the lake’s delicate ecosystem and straining public resources like Big Foot Beach State Park and our local first responders trying to navigate the area in an emergency.
The Club House will be rented for wedding receptions and parties for members of Symphony Bay and other residential developments that Mr. Pollard may wish to include. Clearly, this plan endangers the health, safety and welfare of the Buttons Bay community and is a blight on the whole Geneva Lake community, as it exploits our beautiful lakefront with intent to only serve members of off-site residential communities and private associations. This decision permanently commercializes residential lakefront property, a clear violation of The Covenant. This will set precedent and must be stopped.
Buttons Bay and Big Foot Beach State Park are already congested. Over the recent 4th of July weekend, police officers had to come out to direct cars and pedestrians to prevent accidents. Anchored boats packed Buttons Bay, as they do throughout most summer weekends. There is simply no more room to add more boats nor more swimmers on Big Foot Beach, yet Mr. Pollard is inviting more than 400 more families and their friends into the area.
The Town of Linn Plan Commission failed to conduct a fair Public Hearing, and the County Zoning Agency allowed concerned citizens less than three minutes to speak during the recent meeting before voting in favor of the conditional use permit issuance. It was clear at the public meeting a decision had been made prior to community voices being heard.
We urge community leaders to stand with us to help reverse this devastating decision for the following key reasons.
As concerned members of the community, we urge the Geneva Lake Association to take legal action to prevent this project from becoming a reality. Please know you have the full support of the undersigned.