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Grand Haven will open historic lighthouse for tours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - When an animal rights group wanted to take over Grand Haven's lighthouses the city stepped up to claim its historic icons.

PETA wanted to post signs encouraging the humane treatment of fish. But recently, the federal government agreed to transfer the lighthouse to the city's care, and with a little patching and fundraising, visitors will soon be able to step inside.

At Grand Haven's lakeshore, sunshine and waves take center stage, but just down the way are the city's true shinning gems. The rubies are two lighthouses that have been the guiding boaters into port since the turn of the century.

But the once beacons of light, are now empty and dark. David Karpin is now the caretaker.

Karpin says, "I took care of lighthouses in the coastguard for twenty years and I've been attracted to lighthouses since I was a small kid."

Karpin wanted the 52 foot tower and its house down the pier restored. He became president of the Grand Haven Conservancy, and helped the city apply to take over the lighthouses.

"The city decided the lighthouse would be better served by the local city entity."

The government was awarded the Grand Haven property for free. The goal now is raise money and restore them for public tours.

And if all goes as planned, the trusted towers, will once again be the town's guiding light by spring. Before the city can open the lighthouses for tours they need to raise $350,000.