At the suggestion of Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis, Village Council has agreed to donate the use of five boat slips at Mill Point Park toward the estimated $22,000 show.
The donation is being made since village residents also attend and enjoy the annual Independence Day sky show.
Grand Haven has a similar relationship with the Coast Guard Festival Committee. Each year, the city donates a number of marina slips and the committee uses the proceeds toward festival expenses.
The village normally provides Mill Point Park slips free of charge for transient daytime use, but Village Manager Chris Burns said Grand Haven would consider charging $100 per slip for overnight use on July 4 and during the Coast Guard Festival.
Village Councilman Dave Bennett said he’s in favor of the slip donation as long as Grand Haven is in charge of logistics, including slip reservations and fee collection.
“They can put whatever fee they want on it,” Bennett said.
But unlike Grand Haven Municipal Marina slips that have amenities such as electricity and water, Mill Point Park moorage is bare-bones.
The slips are on the west side of the gangplank off from the park. The slips on the east side are rented on a seasonal basis.
Grand Haven Township likely will donate $7,500 to $10,000 to the fireworks display, according the Township Manager Bill Cargo. Spring Lake Township and the City of Ferrysburg have not discussed contributions, according to leaders in those municipalities.
To read the whole story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.