Find a solution for the CG sign

Coast Guard City USA. It is Grand Haven’s identity — and, for many past summers, thousands of Coast Guard men and women have flocked to Grand Haven to be honored for their service to the country.
Jun 20, 2013


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.

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 or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.




Maybe we need to nix the city council and get people who do what we need done.


Just for edification, Grand Haven was the 1st Coast Guard City U.S.A; however, it is not the only Coast Guard City U.S.A.

Mark Brooky

As I understand it, Grand Haven is the one and only "Coast Guard City USA," as declared by Act of Congress in 1998. The others are "Coast Guard Cities."

See: ----Note that this was the bill introduced in 1997.



Whoops, "page not found".

Mark Brooky

You're right — what the heck?

Anyway, try this one:


Thanks Mark, Great link! Now if the City Counsel would read this, just maybe they'd have a change of heart and put the signage up.

The worst part is I have known two of the counsel members for years, both are business owners in this town, and to think that they are behind the signs not going up really urks me. Both do a lot in this community outside of their jobs as counsel members. If the signage doesn't go up, I will have ZERO respect for either of these two.

Heres a couple solutions, mount the signage behind the fountains spray pad just off the paving, or in front of the sound station. Either area will have zero impact on the surrounding environment.


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