Landmark overhauls start soon

Work is set to commence on two of Grand Haven’s most iconic images — the south pier lighthouses.
Alex Doty
Apr 11, 2013


Grand Haven City Council recently approved spending $259,577 to paint the two structures inside and out.

The money isn't from the city's coffers. It was raised by the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.

According to the conservancy's latest figures, more than $400,000 has been raised to help preserve the lighthouses. Campaign efforts included brick sales, fun runs, T-shirt sales and streetlight post banner sales.

The painting project is the first major work since the city took ownership of the lighthouses.

“The lighthouses have been here a long time, and this has to be done sooner or later,” Councilman Mike Fritz said of the project. “People have donated a lot of money and they expect to have stuff done.”

City Council was unanimous in saying it was OK to put up with a summer’s worth of inconvenience in order to ensure that the lighthouses are in good condition for the future.

“They’ll do the inner light and the entrance light,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “This project is proposed to be completed by July 28.”

McGinnis noted that they had hoped to do the paint project earlier this spring, but the delay in acquiring the lighthouses forced a later start date.

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



Why is it costing Sooo much money for a paint job. Yes I know it is not like a typical paint and there are added precautions that need to be made. It still seems to be a lot of money.


Report is kinda vague on the details. $400k does sound a bit steep. Little help Trib!


So lets get this right.. The City of Grand Haven owns the light houses which sits on US federal property??? So we have tax donations for repairs and up keep of this property??? So who takes care of the up keep when the tax donated monies dry up????? This sounds like another Duncan Woods situation. I would hope the City has really done their homework on this one.


They did.


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