The results of a survey of Bemidji residents about the city's planned South Shore cleanup are in, and an overwhelming majority supports it. Fifty-one percent of respondents say they are in favor of the plan to remove wood chips and other industrial debris from the Lake Bemidji's south shore beach and lake bottom to make way for a planned swimming and recreation area.
The survey informed people that the project was likely to increase property taxes between 1.7 and 2.7 percent. And yet only 22% said they favor the less expensive option of leaving the lake bottom unrecovered. The survey was conducted by BSU's MARS program.