BREEZY POINT -- Breezy Point, the city becoming known for its popular Ice Fest celebrations that bring tourists and residents together on frozen Pelican Lake for a weekend of wintery fun in January, is experiencing a population boom off the lake as well.
The city has been issuing about 100 residential building permits each year for the past few years, said city clerk Vicki Willer. As of mid-December, there had been 108 building permits issued in 2004. The rise in single-family homes began in earnest about five to seven years ago. In 1999, Willer said the city issued 69 building permits, and the total has hovered around 100 permits each year since then.
County: Crow Wing.
Major employers: Breezy Point Resort, Narveson Management, Eagle View Elementary School, Pelican Square, Breezy Oasis, Commander Bar, Primetime, Deacons Lodge and City of Breezy Point.
Notable attractions: Breezy Point Ice Arena, Breezy Point Resort Whitebirch and Traditional golf courses, Deacons Lodge golf course, snowtubing at Primetime, Pelican Lake, Wild Acres Game Farm, Breezy Point Airport, Pelican Woods Cemetery and Nature Trail, Breezy Point City Park.
Notable events: Ice Fest and World Championship Ice Auger Contest.
Evidence of this growth came in November when the city officially adopted the state building code, which goes into effect Jan. 1. The city has contracted services with a licensed building inspector to ensure a minimum standard in construction is maintained in the growing city. The state-recommended fee schedule also will go into effect Jan. 1, along with the state building code.
The Breezy Point Public Safety building is under construction on Crow Wing County Road 11 near the city hall. The city is hoping to open the building next spring. The public safety building will house the police department as well as fire vehicles from the Pequot Lakes Fire Department.
Willer said that are many factors why Breezy Point is growing so quickly. Much of the lakeshore is built up, but the city has an availability of platted lots to meet the demand for single-family homes. The majority of the construction in the city is of single-family homes. Another factor for the city's growth is the new elementary school.
In September, Eagle View Elementary School, the Pequot Lakes School District's elementary school, opened in Breezy Point. "I think people want to live in Breezy because they want to live near the elementary school," said Willer. "We have a lot of teachers now living in Breezy."
JODIE TWEED can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.
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