It's not just the DNR.. It;s not just the development group and its not just the city council, nor economic times. Its all of the above.
This project was railroaded from the beginning.
Given the pristine location, things could have been done to revitalize the place. Red tape, government intervention killed the place.
It was loosing money and the owners tried their best to continue it.
Personally, it was never a high end spa, resort. It was a middle of the line place where people like Nancy, Pat and many others took pride in their jobs. They cared and the customers cared back.
You don't find that anymore, and maybe its best not to.
I will never be the same. The people left, the traditions forgotten. Service is non existent in todays world. Sure they will take your money, provide shiny remodeling, but the people working there punch in and out. The few who do care, move on. The old staff always cared.
My Grandfather Carl Keyser, was a reporter for the Fond Du lac reporter in the 50-70's. He would have written a story that would have captured the spirited and drawn the attention. He has been gone for a long time now.
I just want to pull up, check it, and drive to my room. No fancy bottles of water, or palm pressing for tips. A trip to the pool and a nice dinner and drinks after. Maybe the game room or other activities.
Room Service was great but not stuffy. So was the dinning. I got to know them there so well, the chef would always make be beef stroganoff off the menu because he knew it was a favorite of the past. Breakfast was prefect and lunch was wonderful.. No continental crap in the lobby. And the holidays were as close to home as you could get.
I blame the council, the state and DNR. I hope that eyesore haunts you. and if it doesn't, you have no soles.
I would travel from Michigan 8 hours to get there, and my family started back in the 1960's and we continued from 1980's to 1990's.
I've been around enough councils and red tape, this has gone on too long, but it will never transfer to the original, only a time machine could do that.
I've never been to Mackinac because The Pioneer Inn was better. Maybe that will give you people some thoughts..
The Heusers (40+ years)