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E-M:/ Jean Klock Park lawsuit goes to trial this Friday

Enviro-Mich message from LuAnne Kozma <luanne_kozma@yahoo.com>

Golf course suit starts Friday 
>From the Herald Palladium out of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph:

See the whole story at: www.heraldpalladium.com

Golf Course Suit Starts Friday
H-P Business Writer 
NILES — One of two le gal challenges threatening Harbor Shores’ golf course plan for Jean Klock Park is scheduled to arrive in a Niles courtroom Friday, and the outcome could range anywhere from dis missal of the suit to a tem­porary halt to work in the lakeside park until a trial is held.
The main point of con tention in the suit is wheth er Benton Harbor’s plan to lease part of the park for a high-end public golf course qualifies as the type of pub lic recreational use for which the land was donated to the city 91 years ago.
Carol Drake, vice president of Friends of Jean Klock Park, and Clellen Bury, a Benton Harbor resi dent, filed the suit July 8 in Berrien County Trial Court. Judge Scott Schofield will preside over the case.
The suit alleges that Ben ton Harbor is violating a settlement t made in 2004 after Drake, Bury and four other citizens sued the city for selling 4 acres of Jean Klock Park for a residential development on Grand Boulevard.

... A federal lawsuit against Benton Harbor, the Michi gan Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service was filed Aug. 12 by a separate group called Protect Jean Klock Park.
That group consists of seven Benton Harbor and Benton Township residents who say the city, DNR and NPS violated environmental regulations in approving the Jean Klock Park lease. 
Contact Kevin Allen at kallen@TheH P.com.

LuAnne Kozma

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