Dec 14, 2012

What happened to the pier safety sign?

Nancy of Grand Haven asked, "What happened to the large sign at the beginning of the pier that depicted the potential danger of Lake Michigan waters along with the two local young men that lost their lives?"


Nancy said the sign was gone when she recently walked out to the south pier.

Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said the sign blew down and was found knocked over on Dec. 2.

McGinnis said the city alerted the Pier Safety Task Force to let them know the sign has been damaged. For now, it's at the city garage.

The double sign was installed at the base of the south pier several years ago by the Pier Safety Task Force, the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and other organizations in the memory of Andrew Fox and Daniel Reiss, "and all others who have perished off Great Lakes beaches and piers."

According to the city's website, "These signs ... serve as a tribute to those who have lost their lives as a result of the powerful waters. The signs also remind all persons to respect the pier, water, ice and inclement weather conditions. Finally, they provide instructions in the event of an emergency."

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Blew Down? Really? I suppose that's possible....I was out there not long after the above date and also noticed the eyesore was missing. I bent down to examine what was left and it seemed to me that someone had hacksawed the legs off, leaving about 4 inches of post still attached to the pier. Maybe the sign legs had been bent above that point and whoever removed it simply cut the legs off at the 4 inch mark. I can't say for sure so I guess it's a moot point.

I would like to make the suggestion though that whoever removed the sign from the pier, go back out there and remove the 4 inch high pieces that they left attached to the pier. Anyone of the above "safety" groups should be able to identify the stubs that were left attached to the pier as a serious tripping hazard, half buried now in drifted sand. All it's going to take is some older person, not paying attention, to trip on the exposed pieces and fall, possibly causing themselves an injury and the city a lawsuit (assuming they're the ones liable of course....) At any rate, have somebody go back out there and finish the job before somebody gets hurt.


Perhaps any "person" could trip and fall. Signs are great.


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