Grand Haven seeks new Coast Guard boat for entrance

Coast Guard City USA may soon have a new Coast Guard boat to mark the entrance to the community. On Tuesday night, Grand Haven City Council approved the authorization of the placement of a new 41-foot aluminum hull boat and the application for eligibility to acquire federal surplus property. "We're trying to get one here where we don't have to pay for it,' City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
Alex Doty
Sep 22, 2011

According to McGinnis, by registering for federal surplus property, the city would become eligible to bid on boats as they become available — if they aren’t able to receive a boat at no cost.

The new boat would replace the old wooden Coast Guard boat — which was moved earlier this month from a Seventh Street traffic island, just south of Beacon Boulevard, to the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum in Muskegon for preservation and storage.

According to a report issued by the city’s Department of Public Works during a Grand Haven City Council meeting in May, the wooden boat was deteriorating and the cost to restore it ranged from $35,000 to $120,000.

City officials decided in May to move the boat as a part of the city’s 2011-12 budget. City officials held off on removing it until after the summer tourism season.

According to McGinnis, there is a lot of support lined up to aid the city in putting a new boat in place.

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