Marquette City Commission, PIPAC meet to discuss new potential ordinances

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette City Commission and the Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee met on Tuesday to discuss new possible ordinances for the park.

This meeting was the first time the two bodies met to address the drafted changes. While things are still in the planning stages, PIPAC expects the finalized draft to be done within a month or so.

Jon Swenson, Director of Community Services for the city of Marquette says new ordinances are needed as Presque Isle Park grows in popularity.

"Presque Isle Park is really loved by the community and the surrounding communities and surrounding states, and places throughout the country and world.," Swenson says. "So, it's becoming more and more popular and as its becoming more and more popular we're really just working to try and protect the resource and make sure that it remains as unchanged as possible."

Some of the proposed changes would address things like fires, smoking, and businesses selling things within the park.

One major topic of the new ordinances would be for bicycles.

"Bicycles are not permitted on any of the trail systems at Presque Isle," says Swenson. "We have some cliffs out there, we've had some injuries, and even a death, related to bicycles at the island so we're really trying to protect people as well as the resources with this."

Additionally, food trucks have been a problem within the park. Wildlife have taken garbage from the trucks, and there have been complaints about the noise from generators.

The committee will also look at new parking ordinances.

Once PIPAC finalizes a draft, they will bring it to the Marquette City Commission to gain final approval. Should they receive it, information kiosks would be put in the park to make sure that everyone follows these ordinances.