Muskegon, Monroe Harbors Receive Improvement Grants

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 31, 2002

State officials today announced more than $5 million in waterways projects approved by Governor John Engler for state harbors in Muskegon and Monroe counties.

"We are pleased to announce these vital infrastructure improvements to the state harbor system," Engler said. "Michigan has more Great Lakes shoreline and more registered watercraft than any other state in the nation. These improvements will help ensure the future of Michigan’s recreation and tourism."

The Governor approved Muskegon State Harbor for a $1 million capital outlay grant to repair the breakwater, replace deck boards, and upgrade electrical and utility systems to modern standards.

"This announcement is great news for Muskegon," said Gerald Van Woerkom (R – Norton Shores). The upgrades will make sure our harbor is safe, up-to-date and ready to showcase our most precious resource."

Bolles Harbor in Monroe was approved for $3.75 million to provide docking and utilities for approximately 180 transient slips, as well as a new restroom and shower building, a new Harbormaster office and a parking lot.

"These improvements are representative of the growing popularity of Bolles Harbor as a destination," said State Senator Bev Hammerstrom (R -Temperance). "The new facilities will allow us to welcome boaters from all over Michigan and out-of-state as well."

Engler approved the State Boating Access Site in Bolles Harbor for a $475,000 grant that will add a new toilet building to replace the current vault toilet facilities and a pumpout facility for transient boaters.

"Bolles Harbor is one of just a few state-owned boat access sites on Lake Erie, so it is important to maintain and improve the facility," said State Representative Randy Richardville (R - Monroe). "The upgrades will benefit the thousands of people who use the access site every year."