2013-05-18 / Letters

Residents Should Be Assured Docking Space

To the Editor:

I write to express my concern about a city contribution to the funds being raised for dredging around the marina in the Mackinac Island harbor. It is a Department of Natural Resources marina; the Island retains none of the money paid to it by the boaters who dock at it. The DNR maintains it, while the Island, that is, its taxpayers, with the exception of supplemental police coverage on the two yacht race weekends, provides police, fire, and medical service to the boaters, and yet it’s very difficult for an Islander to obtain seasonal docking privileges at the harbor. There is a waiting list, but it’s long and is closed to any additional names.

I ask that when the Island’s funds go to the DNR, it be accompanied by a letter in which the City of Mackinac Island states that we expect the DNR to support Island residents in their need for docking space, since they are the taxpayers providing the funds which they are requesting.

It should be a marina for Mackinac Island residents, as well as boaters from elsewhere in the state of Michigan and from neighboring states.

Lorna P. Straus
Mackinac Island

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