Harbor Island camping considered

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM

City Council suggested a possible campground at last year's goal-setting session, City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

The property on the north side of the Third Street Bridge is owned by the city, and is currently used by the city's Department of Public Works and other contractors as a dumping and storage site.

“The current use is kind of a dump,” McGinnis said.

City staff has identified a campground layout consultant from Petoskey that can provide layouts, cost estimates and a feasibility analysis for about $10,000. That amount is covered in the city's 2012-13 budget.

“Just because you’re a camper doesn’t mean you’re good at laying out a campground,” McGinnis noted.

McGinnis said the consultant would give the city an idea of what it might cost to operate and construct the campground.

“We don’t know what the capital costs would be,” he added.

McGinnis said the city would only construct the site if it had City Council’s backing and would be self-sufficient.

Councilman Mike Fritz noted that money raised from the campground could be used to supplement other city funds.

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