Issue: The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum (formerly Foundation) Director has developed a very ambitious 15-year plan, which, if carried through, would drastically impact the fragile ecosystem throughout Leelanau State Park and could cause closing of part of the park itself. The area is a resting stop on a major flyway for migratory birds. Highlights of the plan are:
The operating agreement between the Museum and DNR has lapsed, because the DNR would not give in to the Lighthouse Museum demands. The DNR refused and the agreement has expired. The DNR is presently drafting a new agreement that will cover not only the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, but also several other lighthouses around the state of Michigan. The DNR’s position is that the lighthouse and the land should stay within the state park system.
In September 1998, the Foundation cut trees and brush in an area approximately 200 x 75 feet near Lake Michigan, to provide better “views” of the lake for visitors, in violation of the operating agreement. No permits were issued for the cutting.
Update: Because of public pressure, Leelanau Township has called a special meeting for Wednesday night, July 26, at 6 pm at the township hall in Northport. The GTL Museum will present their plan to the public. Anyone concerned with the future of leelanau State Park should plan to attend and make their views known.
Goal: Convince the GTLM to drop the plan for development and expansion of the lighthouse museum. Maintain the status quo at the lighthouse and Leelanau State Park.
Action: Call today and express your views on this issue. The Leelanau peninsula could become another Whitefish Point, with much worse impact.
Congressman Bart Stupak
Leelanau Township 231-386-5138
Village of Northport 231-386-5182
GT Lighthouse Museum 231-386-7195