They’ll be filling the sidewalks, parking lots and streets, restaurants and stores. They’ll be making cash registers ring and service staffs everywhere roll their eyes.
They’ll be driving west on Columbus Avenue and east on Franklin. They’ll be stopping at intersections where they don’t have a stop sign.
It may mean you will have to wait awhile longer to get seated at your favorite restaurant or check out at the store. It will be inconvenient for more than a week.
But that huge influx of tourists during the summer, and especially during the Coast Guard Festival when the city is literally splitting at its seams, is a good thing.
Take a breath, relax and be patient.
More business for area businesses results in a better local economy. It means more tax revenue for schools, local governments and public safety. It means more jobs.
While many national and regional magazines and television shows have let out our secret in recent years — that the Grand Haven area is a great place and our beaches are top-notch — there are some among us who would rather keep it to ourselves. We get that — and we have it mostly to ourselves the rest of the year.
But we urge residents to embrace the tourist season, which peaks this week for the festival. Don’t leave visitors with a negative impression of our area.
It’s great that they’re here and even greater when they return for a second visit, or make this their annual vacation destination. Maybe they’ll tell their friends and family about this great little town on the Lake Michigan shore that they thoroughly enjoyed.
And maybe they’ll eventually become one of us and live here year-round.
Let’s leave them with a smile.
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