AT&T wants to build 60-foot tall cell tower in Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. See
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/130209263.html. For you Wisconsin public interest lawyers out there, get our your notes on the Public Trust Doctrine (PTD). As far as I know, the old Pieces of Eight restaurant was the only private fixture of the lakefront, and even they had to let you eat your bag lunch on their patio (which they hated), due to the PTD. (For non-lawyers the PTD, see
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/wm/dsfm/shore/doctrine.htm.) My first question is whether Veterans Park is filled in lakebed. See Illinois Central RR v. IL. If so, how is a private cell tower in the public interest a la a museum or park? If I was back in Milwaukee, I would be all over this; but given the changes in Wisconsin state government, I’m not sure the WDNR would block this.

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