Race opponents dominated two hours of comments with impassioned statements about how the beloved park should not remain a billionaire’s private racetrack.
The state is pushing forward with a contract to renew the annual Grand Prix at Belle Isle over concerns about the impact on the environment and recreation.
Freedom of speech or disturbing the peace?
But don’t expect the DNR to take input from the public.
Transparency remains elusive at the state-controlled Belle Isle.
Will the public have any say on renewing the contract for the Belle Isle Grand Prix after it expires in 2018? Maybe not.
The state and city can’t agree on who’s responsible for a water main break that forced the closure of a popular restroom used by thousands of people during the fireworks.
Grand Prix officials and the state won’t say how much of the claimed $13 million in improvements went solely or mainly to build and improve the race circuit on Belle Isle.
DNR chief Ron Olson said the “statistically significant” survey results provide a basis for continuing the race.
What is the environmental impact of the Grand Prix on Belle Isle? Here’s why no one knows.