Flower plantings that line the city streets among projects funded by the nonprofit Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and not the city of Sturgeon Bay. A gradual decrease in funding from the city prompted SBVC to ask for help from private donors to make up the shortfall.
While tourism dollars are on the rise, the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center's tourism dollars have dwindled from the city since the Door County Tourism Zone was created six years ago.
That's due to the shift in marketing dollars in Sturgeon Bay with more room-tax money going to the city and the Door County Visitor Bureau, which markets the county as a whole, and less to SBVC. Many of the activities run by the SBVC are sometimes confused with city projects.
Common things like filling flower pots that line the city streets, holiday lights and fireworks are provided and paid for by SBVC. That has to ...