Negotiations continue between Detroit, state of Michigan over Belle Isle multiyear lease agreement

City of Detroit, Michigan Department of Natural Resources continue talks over Belle Isle deal

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DETROIT - Negotiations are expected to continue between the city and state on turning over operations of Detroit's Belle Isle to the Department of Natural Resources under a multiyear lease.

No meetings are scheduled Wednesday between the City Council and Michigan DNR -- a day after some on the 9-member board criticized the state for not providing more details on the plan to make Belle Isle Michigan's 102nd state park.

DNR spokesman Ed Golder says the council has concerns about the lease, but both sides also have "the opportunity to move ahead" on the proposal.

Belle Isle is owned by the city. The state would run it for 30 years and have the option of two 30-year renewals under the plan.

It would save the cash-strapped city $6 million annually.

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