City vandalized

A recent spate of vandalism in Grand Haven has some people concerned about the character of the community. "I've never noticed it before, and I'm just wondering what the change is and why it is happening now,' lifelong Grand Haven resident Amy Kolkema said.
Alex Doty
Apr 9, 2012

Kolkema said she hoped the graffiti wasn’t related to gang activity. Combined with recent robberies near her east-side home, she said it is shaking up the comfortable feel of the community.

Grand Haven resident Vicki Long said she was displeased to see the graffiti after thinking she escaped it once she left the city of Holland.

“I saw it in Holland, and I still go back to Holland and see it all over the place," she said.

Long said she didn’t want to see the charm and character of the community ruined by vandalism, and hoped increased awareness would lead to an end to it.

Long, who is the harbormaster at Grand Haven Yacht Club, said the club's sign facing Jackson Street was defaced with graffiti over the past several months. She said the sign is made of a special material, and it will be damaged or destroyed if products like paint thinner and mineral spirits are used.

“This is a special sign and we can’t use anything on it,” Long said. “It is not a simple process to get (the graffiti) off."

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

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