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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