City Council accepts quitclaim deed for lighthouses

The city is one step closer to owning the two lighthouse structures on Grand Haven's south pier after action Monday night by City Council. Council unanimously approved language allowing the city to accept a quitclaim deed for the two lighthouse structures.
Alex Doty
Jan 5, 2012


The city will be receiving the lights “as is,” upon final approval of language by the city attorney.

City Manager Pat McGinnis said it is likely the city will own the structures this year. However, prior to taking ownership, city officials say they want to make sure structural issues are taken care of by the U.S. Coast Guard this winter and spring.

“We’d like to make sure it’s structurally sound before we take ownership,” McGinnis said.

According to McGinnis, it is important to make sure everything is in proper condition since the lighthouses will be locally owned.

“We just want to get it right,” he said. “This is not a short-term commitment — it’s a permanent commitment.”

Mayor Geri McCaleb said the move was a step in the right direction, and she said it was nice to play a part in continuing something she began during her previous stint on City Council in 2009.

“I was in favor of it then and I continue to be in favor of it now,” she said.

McCaleb said that the lighthouses symbolize the community.

“There’s no other symbol of Grand Haven quite as iconic as our lighthouses,” she said.

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


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