The vote to ban commercial vessels from the Waukegan harbor is a positive step for the economic vitality and environmental health of the community.
The Great Lakes Boating Federation believes the Waukegan decision represents the opening of a floodgate as more cities realize the enormous benefits of converting waterfronts to support recreational boating and other forms of public access. Trends indicate that the rate of loss of the Midwest's industrial base is increasing. Thus, many coastal economies will need to fill the void left by departing industries. The prospect of economic growth in the service and leisure sectors far exceeds that for expanding the industrial base.
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