Final community input session on Benton Harbor-St. Joseph harbor revitalization plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 9, 2019
Emily Finnell, Great Lakes Senior Advisor and Strategist, FinnellE@Michigan.gov, 517-599-1330
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Office of the Great Lakes has scheduled its final two community discussion sessions as it gathers public input for a plan that would reimagine the shared harbor in St. Joseph, St. Joseph Township, and Benton Harbor.

Duplicate meetings are planned from 4-5:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Kinexus, 499 West Main St., Benton Harbor. The goal is to further engage with community members and develop long-term, sustainable strategies that will enable the local communities to maximize the benefits of their harbor and waterfront assets.

Comments will help to shape a shared vision through the Twin Cities Harbor Sustainability Initiative for economic and community development along the waterfront. A final plan is expected to be presented to each city’s commission and the township board later this year.

EGLE is working in partnership with Michigan Sea Grant, Lawrence Technological University, the Harbor Conservancy, and other stakeholders to develop the Twin Cities Harbor Sustainability Initiative.

The meeting is open to the public. Transportation to each meeting is available by calling Dial-A-Ride at 269-927-4461 by 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

For more information on the Twin Cities Harbor Sustainability Initiative, go to SustainableSmallHarbors.org/Communities/St-Joseph-Benton-Harbor.

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