Owning up to responsibilities

Things are finally looking up for the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy and its quest to preserve the two iconic beacons jutting out from Grand Haven's shore.
Apr 22, 2013


In the not-too-distant future, the scaffolding will go up, shrouds will be put in place and paint crews will have at the two historic landmarks.

After several years of working to acquire these structures, we applaud the city and the nonprofit fundraising group for making it all happen.

There have been countless hours and a whole lot of money and community support in raising funds and awareness for the lighthouses, and it is nice to see that the community's investment in preserving the two landmarks is finally paying off.

We also commend the city for doing the project the right way by restoring one lighthouse at a time. While this move certainly adds time to the project, it is a good move for tourists who flock to the town in the summer to catch a glimpse of the lighthouses.

Keeping one visible at all times means people will still have their photo ops.

And with restoration project starting, it is also important to recognize the hard work being put forth by the local conservancy group.

While the community has a wealth of historic landmarks, the City of Grand Haven doesn't have the financial ability to preserve and maintain all of them. This is evident in a fundraising effort taking place this spring to raise money for preserving the Musical Fountain.

In the end, this is our lighthouse, our fountain and our history. We must take it upon ourselves to protect and restore them for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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



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