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Commissioners approve lighthouse plan

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Grand Haven city leaders are ready to accept the federal government's offer of two free lighthouses.

City Manager Pat McGinnis was instructed by city commissioners Tuesday night to "accept quitclaim deeds" for the fog signal building and the inner channel lighthouse.  The lights are on the south breakwall where the Grand River meets Lake Michigan.

The city will own the structures, but will rely on a community group to maintain them.  The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to maintain the navigation lights on both structures.

The Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy is raising private funding for lighthouse maintenance and expects the city to someday pass the lighthouse deeds onto them.  The conservancy opened the lighthouses on Labor Day for tours in 2011.  Eventually, both lighthouses will have public hours.

The deed transfer should happen early this year.