Undeniably one of 2019’s biggest local stories has to be the beach and dune erosion on the Lake Michigan coast due to abnormally high water levels and frequent high winds that whip the Big Lake into a frenzy. Since most people who know me personally and professionally know I work for WMEAC, the topic of beach/dune erosion and the attendant issue of homes falling from their perch above the water down into it come up frequently, whether I’m in the office, at the post office, or out for a drink with friends.

I’m a beach-goer, a boater and a swimmer. I don’t own property on the lake, but I’m there weekly as soon as the weather is warm, and often enough on a sunny winter Saturday I’ll visit for a short snowy hike, just to say “hi.” If you live here, it’s just what you do.

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Blaming the high water on climate change is not productive. The lake levels go through cycles. Just a few years ago, there were articles about low water levels. And people fearing the water level would never come back to normal. And here we are with high water again.


To call the beachfront homeowners "victims" as compared to the people of Flint (for example) is inappropriate at best. I would hope that when applying for homeowners ins. that they should have re-thought about building on a sand based hill. Like hurricane victims building in the exact spot after gov. assistance. Some things are not predictable, but some people gamble because they feel they can't lose. They unfortunately do. Matthew 7:24-27

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