The Silver Bay City Council last week unanimously voted that three Lake Superior beaches — Black Beach, Agate Beach and Peach Beach — will be included in a public park known as Black Beach Park.
The issue came up Monday when the council was discussing options for Minnesota Department of Transportation signs that will direct visitors to the beaches. City attorney Pete Morris pointed out that the city had never formally declared the area a public park, and he said he thought it would be good to do so before placing signs.
The land is owned by Cliffs Natural Resources’ Northshore Mining. Despite being a popular sightseeing and gathering place, the beach technically had been off-limits to the public for years, and in 2014 “no trespassing” signs were made more visible. But after the city, DNR and Northshore Mining reached an agreement for allowing access, the beach was officially opened to the public last Memorial Day.
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