In 2001, GLSHS Executive Director Farnquist wrote the following to the Whitefish Township Board of Trustees about Friends of Whitefish Point watchdogs:
“Mr. Shapero is apparently a legitimate township resident with proper legal standing during township meetings. However, as you may note, the intention of the Shipwreck Society is to present information in a dignified, coherent and controlled manner. The Shipwreck Society has full and proper standing as a legitimate cultural business in Whitefish Township.
We do not like good residents leaving a township meeting about any issue that involves us. We also do not like hearing Mr. Shapero criticize us, over and over again, and waving our Form 990 in front of everyone as though there was something wrong with our accounting practices.
We understand that Mr. Shapero has a right to be heard. But we would like seriously to recommend that the township either 1) either designate a special forum at a separate meeting where we can debate Mr. Shapero’s concerns publicly for the benefit of township residents, or 2) limit Mr. Shapero and Mr. Dombroski to 5 minutes of public comment when they are going to discuss anything having to do with the Shipwreck Society.
We do not feel it is appropriate to continue Mr. Shapero’s debate at each township meeting. We believe that is a misuse of the township meeting.
The continued hostility we have heard from Mr. Shapero, and also from Mr. Dombroski, has the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, upon consultation with the Chippewa County Prosecutor and the Chippewa County Sheriff, as well as that of our own private attorney, to inform each of these gentleman that they are to stay off any property at Whitefish Point owned or administered by the Shipwreck Society. Mr. Shapero and Mr. Dombroski were given the originals of the enclosed letters by me at the conclusion of the May 2 township meeting.
The purpose of closing their access to property owned or administered by us is not in any way to get back at them. We wish to preserve the tranquility of the site and allow our staff to conduct without interruption or harassment.
This a private, sensitive matter. We prefer that you keep this information confidential. However, we would not be surprised if Mr. Shapero chooses to make it public, a well-known tactic he uses is martyrdom.”