INLAND SEAS MORTGAGE BURNING
Inland Seas Education Association Executive Director Fred Sitkins celebrates paying off the building's $900,000 mortgage in half the amount of time as previously scheduled by burning a ceremonial mortgage on Thursday at the educational non-profit in Suttons Bay. "The countless hours of donated time, millions of dollars of charitable gifts, individual's sweat and tears. It has been these efforts that have served as the fuel that has kept the fire of Inland Seas burning now for nearly 30 years," said Sitkins. The association was founded in 1989 by the late Tom Kelly, and purchased the building in 2001 from the Northern Lumber Company. It was renovated with an education area, museum, conference room, boat shop, and office space.