Saugatuck added to list for emergency dredging aid

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A state lawmaker says that Saugatuck's harbor has made it onto a list of those eligible for emergency dredging funds in the face of record-low Great Lakes water levels.

State Rep. Bob Genetski says the money hasn't yet been approved, but "it's looking really good" for the Lake Michigan port.

The Holland Sentinel says that Saugatuck at first didn't appear on a list released this month of ports eligible for aid.

Saugatuck doesn't have public marinas or state-owned facilities but does have state-funded boat ramps and locations for transient boaters.

Saugatuck Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau director Felicia Fairchild says she and Genetski took their case to state officials, saying the loss of a cruise ship visit because of low water would have hurt Michigan's tourist industry.

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