What’s more, the Tri-Cities area is filled with people who hold great pride in each other and our very own vacation destination.
So when we were told that Grand Haven was going to be featured in a premium spot in a Pure Michigan video that highlights our state, we were thrilled. Some 2,000 of us showed up to line the piers and beach. People donned bright clothing, and brought beach balls and umbrellas. They danced, waved and whooped with enthusiasm.
We applauded this display of community togetherness, and continue to be filled with pride.
Then the video debuted.
We anxiously hit the "play" button, and watched intently as people in cities across the state showcased their towns, smiled, waved and sung. Then there is panning video of the Grand Haven lighthouse, the muddy channel and the beach while the “Good Time” song finished up and the video ended.
Wait, did we miss it? Did we miss the video of the crowds of local residents, the close-up shots of people dressed in beach apparel and wearing broad smiles?
No, we didn’t. This was confirmed as we watched it yet again. In fact, the group of a couple of dozen people inside a humane society somewhere else in the state actually got more of a close-up than the 2,000 people in Grand Haven.
We can only hope that the footage, taken from a helicopter, will appear in other Pure Michigan promotional materials. If it’s not, then Grand Haven clearly got the short end of the stick.
And that’s a disappointment for the people who showed up for the filming, the local organizers who worked tirelessly to promote Grand Haven’s best attributes, and to the area itself.
To see the video, click here.
Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.