It’s tourist season, so be happy!

It’s that time of year again! Throngs of visitors are flocking to Grand Haven for the annual weeklong Coast Guard Festival.
Jul 28, 2014


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.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty, Fred VandenBrand and Mark Brooky. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



They will also be ignoring the "DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION" signs on every intersection on 31, making it difficult for us to get home.


What ya need to do is eat one of those 51 ounce cans of raw clams, wait 4 hours, then head on down to the boardwalk and commence farting.


Smile, your in Grand Haven, the Home of the Coast Guard Festival, but alway,s glad when the party is over !!!

Back to the Wall

How about a FrontPage article on the Grand River combined sewage overflows? Hubba hubba.


The Tribune is asking us to be positive???? Read the anonymous comments on this website and the real, darker, hateful side of Grand Haven will be revealed. C'mon Tribune, don't be hypocritical. I think we should all yell at the tourists when they do stupid and dangerous things!


I agree VanX.. It appears its always the same ones whining and complaining or blaming republicans for all of lifes woes as if they are victims in this world. I personally look forward to Coast Guard Festival Week and enjoy the events and the people who come to our great city every year.


Newsblogger - Why on earth would you bring Republicans into this? I'm quite certain there must be people of all political persuasions enjoying our beautiful city. Sheesh! Next, you will be inappropriately comparing us to Georgia!

The City and Beaches of Grand Haven have gotten some outstanding national media PR in the last few years. Coast Guard Festival Week is a very special and unique experience for many, and I for one am happy to share my community with those who may be traveling far and wide to enjoy that which I am blessed to enjoy the other 51 weeks of the year.

Let's roll out the carpet and exude West Michigan hospitality to our guests this week as we go about our daily routines!


Actually Lanivan, I was referring to VanX post about the anonymous comments on this website and the real, darker, hateful side of Grand Haven which usually includes political bashing. Example.. What did Sarah Palin have to do with the article about layoffs being rare? (See your post). Apparently my post above hit a little too close to home for you. Anyway, I am off to enjoy the festival activities.. have fun and try not to take everything I say so personal.


It was a public service announcement - you can thank me later. Hope you had a great time mingling with the tourists. Did you notice a hateful, darker person walking by you, casting an evil pall on the festivities? That was me, Bwwaaaaahahahaha.

Gee - Think I'm taking this whole thing too personally??


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