Since the boat removal is a part of the city’s 2011-12 budget, City Manager Pat McGinnis said it wouldn’t be moved to Muskegon until after July 1, and not likely until after this year’s Coast Guard Festival.
Suzette Jones, Grand Haven: “I really think we need to have that boat here. We are the Coast Guard festival place, and to move that boat to Muskegon would be a big mistake. I definitely want to have it here.”
David Lampman, Grand Haven: “I live right by the boat — and I think, considering this is the Coast Guard City of USA, I pride myself in living here. And it’s good to have a reminder of all the people who’ve served here, and that boat is one of them.”
Paige Borrelli, Grand Haven: “This is Coast Guard city. I feel like it’s perfect where it is — because, you drive in, you like know we’re in Grand Haven — the Coast Guard city.”
Andrea Henry, Grand Haven: “I know my dad always liked to go to the Coast Guard boat because he thought it was cool.”
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