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Lakeshore comes alive

Matt DeYoung • Feb 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Danita Beedy was perusing her Instragram account when she saw a post featuring snow volcanoes along the Lake Michigan shoreline. 

The post didn’t specify where the snow volcanoes were located, but Beedy had the time, so she and her daughter, Isabel Beedy, made the drive across the state from Swartz Creek to check out Grand Haven’s waterfront on Tuesday. 

They didn’t find snow volcanoes, but were instead greeted by beautiful spring-like weather, with sunny skies and temperatures topping off at more than 50 degrees.

“I love coming here,” Danita Beedy said. “We were looking for snow volcanoes, which we didn’t see, but we did get to see the new pier. Last time I was here with my son, it was still being built.”

Officially, it hit 56 in Muskegon and 61 in Grand Rapids on Tuesday afternoon.

Dozens of people took advantage of Tuesday’s relatively warm weather to walk out onto the pier.

Many others clamored over the ice extending out into Lake Michigan. That’s an activity that is discouraged by local law enforcement. 

“No ice is safe ice,” Lt. Clint Holt of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety told the Tribune for a story earlier this month.

Both the local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard recently conducted ice rescue training exercises along the pier, and while some of the ice was safe, other areas were described as being “like quicksand.”

“We advise people to always stay off the lake ice,” Holt said. “We were doing some ice rescue training out there (and) someone came to see what we were doing and they slipped and fell. We see a lot of slip-and-fall accidents. And with the pack ice, I don’t care how cold it is, it’s always compromised out on Lake Michigan. 

“We routinely see people out on that pack ice and that’s dangerous,” he added.

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