Lighthouse preservation on schedule

Tourists and residents alike walked and skipped down the south pier toward Grand Haven’s iconic lighthouses recently.
Alex Doty
Jul 12, 2014


But, for the second summer in a row, the view of the blazing red beacons perched on the pier is anything but normal. That’s because work is underway on the city and Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy’s preservation project.

Instead of painting the building like the inner lighthouse, workers are putting a new skin on the building.

“They’re very busy working on the entrance lighthouse,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “They’re putting a new steel wrap on it, and wrapping it up before Coast Guard Festival.”

Last summer’s project brought improvements to the inner lighthouse. It included a new coat of bright red paint and some internal structural improvements.

The preservation project began after the city took ownership of the lights in 2010.

On June 25, 2009, the U.S. General Services Administration sent out notification that — through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act — the lights would be available. They had been determined to be excess to the needs of the U.S. Coast Guard, which had been long-standing owners and keepers of many U.S. lighthouses.

Money for the preservation work comes from the local conservancy’s fundraising.

“We’re looking at doing an Aug. 7 rededication — that’s the National Lighthouse Day,” McGinnis said.

According to McGinnis, they’ll wrap up the project’s first phase and kick off phase II of the fundraising campaign for additional work at the lighthouses during the rededication.

“There’s still lots of enthusiasm for these things,” the city manager said.

Read the complete story in Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



I wish they would put some benches out on the end of the pier so people could have a place to sit and enjoy the view. Just some temporary wooden benches would suffice, perhaps attached to the chain link fence somehow so they could not get washed away in a storm.

Grand Haven Happy

Man up Einstein! Simply strap a light weight folding lawnchair to your back and take your very own seat out to the end of the pier to sit in. Or, Throw a bagchair cover strap over your shoulder and you can do the same. Even a 97 lb weakling man can do it if they have the ability to walk all the way out to the end of the south pier from the Fisherman's Parking lot! Even my disabled wife would take her own chair to the end because she'd know she's have a seat when she hobbled to the end. Personal responsibility is alive and well and all you need to do is use it. Don't forget to take you chair back with you though!!! Hasn't the city etc done enough for people already on the boardwalk etc. There's so many very nice seatback benches all the way now along it where it makes sense to have them.

The big waves would bend and break about any type even a welded steel bench they could put out on the end as the wave water is incredibly strong and besides, any chunks of ice in the waves slamming against a bench at pier level would destroy it very quickly.




I'll take a concrete seat.

Grand Haven Happy

That works too and is already there!


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