VOICE OF THE PEOPLE: What to do about USCG boat on U.S. 31

With the city of Grand Haven having decided to remove the old U.S. Cost Guard boat at the corner of Seventh Street and U.S. 31 due to maintenance cost concerns, the Grand Haven Tribune decided to ask local residents what they thought of the proposed move to the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum in Muskegon. According to a report issued by Grand Haven Department of Public Works during the May 16 Grand Haven City Council meeting, the Coast Guard boat is rotting away and the cost to restore it ranges from $35,000 to $120,000.
Alex Doty
May 20, 2011


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.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



At first I was against moving the boat, but considering the cost to restore it, I don't think in these hard times that it's worth keeping and restoring. Although it will look really odd to not have it there!


I would like to see it stay... Coast Guard City USA needs a boat! How about getting local business to help fund? Do some fundraising efforts during the festival this year? Is there vocational education in woodworking that could take on the project, with possiable help from local woodworking professionals and or local volunteers? The boat doesn't need to be restored to usable condition, just sealed up/repaired to maintain it's shape. Seems that this community should be capiable to come together to find a solution... I would kick in some time.


Interesting, money for bathrooms at the city beach that never existed, but no money for a vintage icon of the Coast Guard and Grand Haven !

Priorities Grand Haven leaders, Priorities !!!!

Old Coastie

It is silly to put money in a boat that will continue to Rot. The people that purchased the Coast Guard Station own the boats. One is in dry dock at North Shore Marina on the river. It is all steel and wouldn't rot for 300 years. I bet they would donate it or sell it cheap.

Sound Judgement

Is it not possible to just take measures to preserve the boat without fully restoring it? It is a wonderful Grand Haven icon and should be kept here but maybe a full restoration should wait until it can be completed in a better fiscal time.

King Ding

another failure of the "citizen" government of Grand Haven. That boat should dtay much longer than the officals...it's one of those small fabrics that makes the cloth of our community. that boat just being there is a big part of who we are and who we have always been.

King Ding

Captn Pea, while I can admit my reply was just that rambling, it is in no way a representation of our current education system. But thank you kindly for the personal attack; I’m sure somewhere along the way I have attacked you, personally. Let’s take a quick look at your reply, so we can shoot large glaring holes in your well constructed educated reply, shall we?

1st since you’re a self admitted Wal-Mart Shopper, I’ll assume I have seen you in a few of my emails (READ: People of Wal-Mart). Your first construct is to enlighten me by saying “We as a society in general have moved toward a highly skilled educated work force”; however two sentence later you then befuddle me by saying we need more investment to develop our technology and our skills?

It’s ok if you constructed your argument in a confusing way; I still get the gist of it. The only problem with your simpleton view is that it does not take into account what technology in itself has accomplished. Each and every new technology shifts the speed needed to create the next technology. What this has created is a quagmire on technology based jobs in our country. The United States no longer has a comparative advantage, in any areas. If I’m wrong please feel free to list the areas in which we hold a comparative advantage, because in my opinion we do not (outside of the military industrial complex)

2nd I have nothing against unions (Besides the NFLPA)….What I take issue with is the Public Sector Unions. Why because I do not get a true voice in how they get paid or who pays for their benefits. And lets be clear Captain Pea a high percentage of jobs not considered hourly employment in this country REQUIRE a degree. Public Sector employees are not somehow magically gifted, to be better, stronger and smarter than their counterpart private sector workers. The issue with Public Sector Unions is they are negotiating with themselves. There is nobody in the middle. Governor Granholm is a great “example” of this: She authorized the Child Care workers to be mandated into a Union.

WHY? It was not to get them better wages; rather it was a mean to funnel more weekly and monthly guaranteed money into the MEA (UNION). Side note if you Google Grandholm’s biggest contributor you will come up with MEA. Now so you don’t blast me here…I am not attacking Grandholm, just using this specifically to show why Public Sector Unions are not good for Tax Payers.

They are at the negotiating table with their own employee if you will. Another example, and once that will dilute your theory of only Public Sector employees being smart enough to inspect a bridge is the prevailing wage law. It doesn’t matter if an outside qualified firm wants to do the job cheaper they cannot. Public sector unionism lacks the economic justifications for private sector unionism. It results in significant distortions of the political process, which have real adverse consequences for the taxpayers

I’m ok with what I pay for my insurance and I’m very happy to have my job; and I pray for those that do not have one or either. But the simple fact that you work for a township, city or state government should not imply that you are not above the socio economic factors of this country like every other citizen.


King Ding...Amen...articulate and well said!!

Fly on the Wall

I need it to burn for heat next winter.
Heck, I'll break it up and haul it away!


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