MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Business and local government leaders in Michigan have made plans to push for opening the Port of Muskegon to river barge traffic, saying it could provide a shipping link to Chicago that would boost the Michigan economy.
The Michigan Agri-Business Association convened a strategy session Friday with farming and manufacturing interests from around the state and regional shipping industry representatives. Muskegon's port operators also attended, as did several state legislators.
They're asking the U.S. Coast Guard to let barges travel on Lake Michigan from Chicago to points as far north as Muskegon.
The Coast Guard regulates the passage of commercial vessels along set routes in some waterways.
Coast Guard representatives attended the meeting. A decision on the request would move up the chain of command before going to Washington, D.C.