Warm, sunny weather and site housekeeping helped boost visits at Saugatuck’s Oval Beach almost 11 percent this summer over last season.
Lake Michigan water levels continued to rise in June, remaining above average despite a dry summer so far in much of lower Michigan. Daily levels have been dropping so far this month.
The cost of the parking lot makeover at one of the top 25 beaches in the world came in about 2 percent under budget.
Painter William Hogarth’s “A Rake’s Progress” has nothing on Saugatuck, whose city council Monday approved buying a tractor and surf rake for Oval Beach.
Saugatuck’s Oval Beach parking lot will be closed to motor vehicles for four to five weeks starting in April while it undergoes $329,745 worth of reconstruction.
The Oval Beach Preservation Society wants to help people reach the Lake Michigan park more safely. The 501c3 nonprofit has put money where its motives are and asks for a public buy-in.
Saugatuck city engineer Fleis & VandenBrink has recommended an Oval Beach parking lot resurfacing plan roughly $125,000 more expensive than council budgeted for this year.
Saugatuck City Council Monday hired Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering to start design, obtain permits and prepare bid documents for Oval Beach parking lot improvements.
What we had here—at Saugatuck City Hall Monday while discussing development of the former Presbyterian Camps—was a failure to communicate.
The trek to and through Oval Beach on Lake Michigan stands to become more enticing and expensive after Saugatuck City Council took several actions Monday. Members voted to approve: