2013-05-18 / News

State Park Commissioners Dennis Cawthorne, Barry Goodman Retire

Richard Manoogian Assumes Role as Board Chairman
By Stephanie Fortino


Members of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, (from left) Frank J. Kelley, Karen Karam, Barry J. Goodman, Dennis O. Cawthorne, Director Phil Porter, Richard A. Manoogian, Chuck Yob, and Peter Manning, assemble in Lansing Thursday, April 11, to discuss use permits and grant licenses. The meeting was the last during the service of Chairman Cawthorne and Commissioner Goodman. (Photograph courtesy of Kelsey Schnell) Members of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, (from left) Frank J. Kelley, Karen Karam, Barry J. Goodman, Dennis O. Cawthorne, Director Phil Porter, Richard A. Manoogian, Chuck Yob, and Peter Manning, assemble in Lansing Thursday, April 11, to discuss use permits and grant licenses. The meeting was the last during the service of Chairman Cawthorne and Commissioner Goodman. (Photograph courtesy of Kelsey Schnell) The Thursday, April 11, Mackinac Island State Park Commission meeting marked the retirement of Commission Chairman Dennis Cawthorne and Commissioner Barry Goodman. The meeting was held in Lansing at the Michigan Historical Center and Library of Michigan.

Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Phil Porter described Mr. Goodman as “an outstanding commissioner,” who has served one six-year term. He has been “an articulate voice in support of the work of the commission and assisting in a number of areas.”


Dennis Cawthorne (right) passes his chairman gavel to successor Richard Manoogian at the Thursday, April 11, meeting of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. Mr. Cawthorne has served on the commission since 1991 and “provided outstanding leadership and great support” during that time, said Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Phil Porter. Mr. Manoogian, who was previously vice chairman of the commission, will now serve as acting chairman. (Photograph courtesy of Kelsey Schnell) Dennis Cawthorne (right) passes his chairman gavel to successor Richard Manoogian at the Thursday, April 11, meeting of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. Mr. Cawthorne has served on the commission since 1991 and “provided outstanding leadership and great support” during that time, said Mackinac State Historic Parks Director Phil Porter. Mr. Manoogian, who was previously vice chairman of the commission, will now serve as acting chairman. (Photograph courtesy of Kelsey Schnell) Mr. Goodman is a Southfield attorney, and Mr. Porter noted “how quickly he took to Mackinac Island and the work of the commission and the Mackinac State Historic Parks.”

This was also the last meeting of Mr. Cawthorne, who has served on the commission since 1991, most of that time as chairman.

Mr. Cawthorne has helped the commission and Mackinac Island during his entire tenure as chairman, working with the city, school, and medical center to “improve Mackinac for residents and visitors during the last 22 years,” Mr. Porter said.

After the commission meeting, there was a surprise reception at Mr. Cawthorne’s office, which was attended by commissioners, legislators, and members from the governor’s office.

The commission also will formally acknowledge Mr. Caw- thorne’s accomplishments at the next meeting.

“He has provided outstanding leadership and great support, helping to navigate the commission through troubled waters and challenging times,” Mr. Porter said.

Other Business

Mary Patay of Mackinac Island will lead “Legend and Lore” treks in Mackinac Island State Park, with approval by the park commission. Since the fitness walks constitute a commercial endeavor, the park commission had to review the request. Mr. Porter noted that treks held last year did not interfere with traffic or cause congestion.

The commission granted horse licenses to Arrowhead Carriages,

12 livery, 3 dray; Chambers Riding Stables, 20 saddle horses; Gough Brodeur Stables, 50 saddle horses, 18 drive yourself, 3 dray; Gough Taxi and Livery, 1 taxi, 3 livery, 2 dray; Grand Hotel, 7 hotel bus, 5 dray; Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, 12 taxi, 6 livery, 55 sightseeing, 5 dray; Mackinac Island Service Company, 19 dray; Mission Point Resort, 3 hotel bus, 3 dray; and Star Freight of Mackinac, 6 dray. The number and distribution of horse licenses remained unchanged from 2012.

Fares for horse services remain unchanged from last year, although companies reserved the right to increase fees if feed costs increased this summer. The matter was discussed at the commission’s December 12 meeting.

Commercial bicycle licenses were also issued for the 2013 season, which remain unchanged from 2012. Licenses include: Grand Hotel, 100, Harborview Inn, 35, Inn at Stonecliffe, 30, Island House, 50, Mackinac Island Bikes, 319, Mission Point Resort, 100, Mackinac Cycle, 200, Mackinac Wheels, 150, Ryba Bike Rentals, 395, and Small Point Bed and Breakfast, 20. Each license costs $30 per bicycle per year.

Several use permits were also granted, including a seasonal boat moorage permit at the Mackinac Island Visitors Center Dock issued to cottager Michael Young for $6,427.

Many two-year leases were also renewed, and applicants paid a one-time user fee when they filed their use permit applications. Arnold Transit Company will continue leasing land that houses the City of Mackinac Island radio tower and a shed at Fort Holmes for $100. The tower holds an antenna used by the company. The City of Mackinac Island lease of the same land was renewed for two years for $1.

George Burrows will continue to lease the state park unused right of way for Algonquin Street to install and maintain landscaping for $58. Kathryn Ledtke’s lease of state park land to gain access to her home was also renewed for a $58 permit fee.

Mission Point resort will continue leasing “minor trespasses along the southwest military boundary of Mackinac Island State Park,” for part of the hotel complex. The lease will continue for the next two years and had a one-time use fee of $100.

The Village of Mackinaw City lease of a section of the Michilimackinac parking lot for public sidewalk use was renewed.

The commission transferred the lease of State Park Lease (SPL) 2, Lot 15, to Joel and Heidi Layman of Dowagiac, who purchased the John and Lorabeth Fitzgerald cottage that sits on the state park land on the East Bluff. The lease is for 30 years and costs $3,317 annually, which will be adjusted every January according to the consumer price index or 5%, whichever is lower.

The Susan C. Allen Family Trust was permitted to sub-lease its East Bluff cottage to Steve and Mary Anna Harper of Plymouth from June 30 to July 27.

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