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COVID-19 fizzled the fuse on Grand Haven’s annual fireworks show last weekend, but fun was still afloat.

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Boaters and beach-goers took advantage of the hot, dry weather to get on the water over the Fourth of July holiday weekend – and local law enforcement officials say there were incidents, but nothing major to report.

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FERRYSBURG — Flags flew, engines revved and “Born in the USA” occasionally blared from a boat’s speakers during an in-water rally organized Saturday by a Kent County group helping to kick off President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

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Local boating safety open houses have been canceled this weekend because of Michigan’s Stay Home order, but it’s not the time to put boat safety practices on the shelf.

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Lakeview Marine & Tackle is temporarily closed, but the Grand Haven bait shop’s owner said he remains in contact with customers who are unhappy about boating restrictions enacted late last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers issued five citations over the weekend to boaters in violation of the governor’s stay-home order, but none of them involved the use of a motorized boat, according to the department.

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Some of the best sailors from across the country will converge on Spring Lake Yacht Club this weekend for the 34th annual MC Blue Chip Regatta. 

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Some of the biggest salmon ever are being caught in Lake Michigan this summer, and charter fishing captain Brian Butts said it’s due to a more balanced predator and prey relationship in the big lake.

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Power boaters from across the state and country made the trip to Grand Haven this weekend for West Michigan Offshore’s Rock the Coast cruise.

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After facing some opposition from the City Council, Grand Haven’s newest boating business moved into its slip at Chinook Pier earlier this week.

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Although Andrea Barber’s Team In-U-Endo took fourth place in the Ladies and Kids portion of this weekend’s Offshore Challenge salmon tournament, the generational love for fishing that comes with the family is unbeaten.

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A West Michigan family took delivery of their Italian-built yacht in April, and the large blue vessel has caused a lot of second looks and inquiries since arriving in Grand Haven almost two weeks ago. 

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“Never ask a woman her age,” Don Nase shouts from his boat docked at the Grand Haven Municipal Marina in response to a question from a visitor on shore.

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A couple weeks ago, a co-worker asked me if I wanted to go sailing and write a story about it.

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The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it will continue heightened patrols and enforcement aimed at identifying intoxicated boating for the Fourth of July holiday, following a weekend worth of such efforts for Operation Dry Water.

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One-hundred and thirty-seven boats crossed the starting line in Milwaukee, Wis. for the 80th annual Queen’s Cup Regatta, but only 111 boats finished at the Grand Haven municipal marina Saturday morning.

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Gloomy skies accompanied the annual powerboat rally, Rock the Coast Saturday morning, but the rumble of engines could be heard throughout the area as more than 100 go fast boats paraded out the Grand Haven channel. 

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Grand Haven City Council had a chance to listen in on the discussions surrounding the controversial move to begin charging boaters to moor along the city’s seawall overnight. 

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What would it take to dredge 23 miles of the Grand River for recreational powerboat use? 

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We’re only a day into 2017, but Grand Haven Municipal Marina staff are looking ahead to the upcoming summer boating season.