Wednesday, September 29, 1999
Clean Michigan Initiative will help revitalize publicly-owned lighthouses
Governor John Engler announced today that $3 million from the second round of the Clean Michigan Initiative Waterfront Redevelopment Program will be set aside for Lighthouse Redevelopment. Publicly owned lighthouses will be eligible to receive funds through this program, which would pay to revitalize lighthouses for the public use, education and enjoyment of Michigan residents.
"Residents and visitors to the state of Michigan recognize lighthouses as an integral part of our heritage," said Governor Engler. "Funding will be provided to local communities that are interested in developing these sites as educational and tourist attractions."
To meet the already established criteria for the Waterfront Redevelopment Program, lighthouse redevelopment proposals will have to focus on the positive economic impact a community can realize from revitalizing a lighthouse located in their community. The program complements the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program recently announced by Secretary of State Candice Miller.
There are 124 lighthouses in Michigan -- more than any other state. Of those, approximately two dozen are publicly owned and would qualify for this program.
"Michigan and lighthouses have had a long history together. This program is another step in a series of efforts to make sure these icons continue to proudly represent our state," Engler said.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be working together to develop criteria for the grants.
Local units of government are eligible for funding. Applications should be available by December 1.