Monday, February 04, 2008

Development threatens Lake Michigan park

Monday, October 29, 2007

Ann Arbor News (also on this blog in Oct.)

We urge you to pay attention to the issue of Jean Klock Park on Lake Michigan, Benton Harbor. We are very concerned that this park is being quietly taken from public use by private corporate interest. The park was dedicated and given by the Klock family in 1917 to Benton Harbor and surrounding communities explicitly and forever as a public park and bathing beach and was dedicated "for the children.'' A proposed development that threatens this also threatens wetlands and delicate species.

Perhaps most troubling is that corporate interests can be allowed to take what was given forever to the public because they promise jobs. As the intended use is a golf course - what positions /jobs are they suggesting will be available for the good people of Benton Harbor: caddies? This is an outrage and our great lakes should NEVER be a bargaining point where jobs are concerned. Additionally, our fresh water Great Lakes will become, if they are not already, as or more valuable than oil, and should therefore be carefully managed and protected from any private or corporate encroachment.

The children of Benton Harbor and its surrounding communities deserve to have free and open access to the Lake Michigan shore. An excellent carefully prepared source for information can be found at

Barbara A. Neri and Ralph O. Neri, Pinckney


Anonymous said...

I am still unclear how bring in 2,000 jobs will only allow Benton Harbor residents to become caddies. Does the author of this article really think so little of them?

Out of 2,000 jobs there will be everything from Caddies and Bus People for their restaurants all the way up to accountants, managers, grounds keepers, security, secretarial, hotel staff.

Some of those jobs will be summer jobs for kids and might actually help keep the kids off the streets.

Something had to be done before Benton Harbor is totally destroyed.

Anonymous said...

Jean Klock Park will still exhist. It will still be a public beach with sand dunes and will actually be MORE accessible because parking will be closer to the beach and more convenient. In fact the one hole of the golf course that might have encroached on wetland will in fact be a tee that will overlook the wetlands . They will not be totally destroyed. Have you even seen the plans? Wake up!
The Klock family even said that their family has always believed in development and that they support this project.