DULUTH - The city of Duluth has come up with a new plan to stop confusion involving access points on Park Point.
The city wants to remove 17 access points to the beach and harbor because they say nobody is using them.
"We are going to try to provide some clarity to what's been a long standing confusing issue," explained Duluth’s director of planning and construction services, Keith Hamre.
These access points are known to the city as paper streets. They can be recognized as side streets off the main roads such as Minnesota Avenue.
A controversy between the city and Park Point land owners has surfaced.
The private homeowners on the point own the public beach inlets, but the city has restrictions on the land that say homeowners are not able to develop it without city permission.
The city wants to vacate specific paper streets because they do not see a need to keep them.
"Do we have a public purpose for a street right away, meaning are we going to have developable property, developable land?” expressed Hamre. “If we're not, then we may not have a public purpose for that right away or that paper street."
Since the city isn't using certain paper streets, they have decided to allow the homeowners to have the land back and develop it how they want.
The city has looked at all paper streets on Park Point and has categorized them into two tiers.
The first tier is access through public parks such as Franklin Park and Park Point Beach House.These parks are where the city wants tourists to go.
The second tier will provide minimal service to the public. These access points will have a marked sign and some sort of trail to the lake or bay. These points will be located every 3 to 4 blocks along the 6 ½ mile stretch of beach.
The controversial aspect of this situation is Park Point residents like their access points where they are and don't want the city to remove paper streets.
They believe everyone, including tourists and locals, should have access to the beach in any way they want.
The Park Point Community Club has put out a survey through their website, and so far 85 percent of residents don't want this plan to go through.
Tuesday evening the city will have a public meeting on park point for residents to voice their concerns.
The commission plans to have their final strategy finished in December.
It will go to the city council this winter. If it goes through, it will take three to six years to implement.