Cars will head the wrong way on one-way streets. There will be drivers in the left-turn-only lane holding up lines of traffic, having somehow not seen the huge directional arrows painted on the street.
We will be forced to drive ’round and ’round, seeking a parking spot that’s hopefully within a mile or so of our destination. Oversized flocks of tourists will clog the boardwalk. Hoards of people will jaywalk, oblivious to the cars that come within inches of running them over.
This is part of our love-hate relationship with tourists. While they annoy us at times, they provide us with the things that make Grand Haven great.
Living in a tourist town, we have access to numerous local activities and events. From June to August we can’t complain about a lack of things to do.
And we enjoy the restaurants, galleries and shops that fill our downtown year-round. Many of these could not survive without seasonal tourism dollars.
Those out-of-towners allow our community to thrive.
Coast Guard week alone brings in more than 350,000 people and $12 million to the area.
Embrace the oblivious tourists. They are our guests, and should be treated as such. Be proud to live in a town that has such a draw. Most of all, be sure to support Grand Haven and take full advantage of all it has to offer.
And, please, avoid making hand gestures or screaming at the car going the wrong way down that one-way street. They're our meal ticket, after all.