Yes, the merchants do a good business during the Christmas season; although with the economy the way it is, they’ll have a lot of competition with the discounts at the Big Box stores on Comstock, as well as the giant shopping mall a few miles north.
So why, then, would the City Council vote down an opportunity to give Grand Haven business owners a real shot in the arm with the Holiday Road Light Show proposed and produced by Brad Boyink?
I can see thousands of locals as well as folks from all over West Michigan traveling here to see this marvel of music mixed with awesome visual technology, while visiting shops and restaurants before and after their experience. By the way, some of that music you would have heard would have been coming from the cash registers.
Is traffic really the problem? Then why put up with hundreds of thousands of people and vehicles during Coast Guard Week? Why not call that off, too, with the fear that downtown merchants would lose business because of gridlock?
Come on, City Council, what’s the real reason for shooting down this great show, and the opportunity of raising thousands of dollars for Special Olympics?
Whatever your reason, it not only costs us the light show and the boost for Special Olympics, but also Brad Boyink’s tireless dedication to keeping the Musical Fountain a technological marvel that Grand Haven can be proud of.
Don’t worry about driving west on Franklin this winter. The traffic will be very light.
Grand Haven Township