A giant sign placed atop Dewey Hill boasting Grand Haven’s status as the only Coast Guard City USA has been nixed by a majority on City Council, which citied concerns over damage to the dune and grass on the hill.
The decision has been met with overwhelming public disapproval.
While this sign has been a popular attraction on Dewey Hill for the past two summers, the road to getting it there wasn’t smooth.
In 2011, the Coast Guard Festival Committee asked City Council for permission to display the sign on the hill. Having already invested the resources to make the letters prior to getting approval, City Council begrudgingly allowed the sign — for that year.
Fast-forward to today, and one can see that this is a case of "no good deed goes unpunished." If City Council would have stuck to their original thoughts about the sign, they wouldn't have the issue we are presented with today.
While we can’t change the decisions made in the past, we can most certainly change the future.
There must be a solution that could benefit not only those who are concerned with keeping the dune in pristine condition, but also those who want to let people know that Grand Haven loves the Coast Guard.
We urge the city and the Coast Guard Festival Committee to work together to keep the sign on Dewey Hill, or to find a new place in the community for the display.
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