By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 25, 2021 at 5:05 PM

Last summer the City of Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Commission approved a plan to install a container bar – made from a steel shipping container – called The Dock on the upper deck of the Bradford Beach bath house, 2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

The bar would be a complement to The Dock restaurant that previously opened there.

The building has historic designation locally, which is why approval from the city’s HPC was required. The plan must get final approval from Milwaukee County, since the structure is owned by the parks department.

You can read more background here.

This week, two county committees will take up the matter.

On Tuesday, the Parks, Energy and Environment committee will get an update on the plan in a virtual meeting at 9 a.m. This is an informational item on the agenda with no planned action or public comment.

However, at another virtual meeting, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Lakefront Development Advisory Committee (which is a mix of private citizens, along with officials from both the city and the county) will hold a public hearing on the plan.

According to the meeting agenda, “the commission may consider developing and acting on its recommendation regarding this project.”

Here are the complete details on commenting during the meeting or sending a written comment to the commission:

Time permitting, the Chairman of the Lakefront Development Advisory Commission (LDAC) will be accepting public comment limited to the matters on this agenda.

To request a Teams invitation to join the meeting, please e-mail no later than when the Chairman announces the closing of the public comment period, and indicate which e-mail address the invitation should be sent to.

NOTE: The invitation will only be sent once LDAC reaches the comment phase of the meeting. LDAC will stand informal while members of the public join, and may impose a two-minute time limit per speaker.

Written testimony may also be provided in advance of the meeting by sending remarks or documentation to:, with carbon copy to:, no later than 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.Written testimony will be accepted up to 24 hours after meeting adjournment, if LDAC does not adopt a recommendation at its Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, meeting.

You can also contact your county supervisor. Phone numbers and emails can be found here.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.