land donation http://michiganradio.org en MI Supreme Court to hear dispute over Benton Harbor golf course http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-supreme-court-hear-dispute-over-benton-harbor-golf-course <p>Attorneys will <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/Clerk/01-11/140685/140685-Index.html">make their case</a> before <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/">Michigan&rsquo;s Supreme Court</a> Friday over a disputed <a href="http://www.harborshoresgolf.com/layout10.asp?id=213&amp;page=6664">Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course</a> in <a href="http://www.bentonharborcity.com/">Benton Harbor</a>. The course <a href="http://www.mlive.com/golf/index.ssf/2010/08/jack_nicklaus_says_his_harbor.html">opened last summer</a>.</p><p>Nearly a century ago, the Jean Klock Park was donated to the city of Benton Harbor for public recreation. The city leased part of the 90-acre park to non-profit developer <a href="http://www.harborshoresdevelopment.com/">Harbor Shores Community Redevelop</a> Corporation, who used land including sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline for 3 holes of an 18 hole golf course.</p><p><a href="http://www.dickinson-wright.com/atty2.aspx?user_id=cameronj">John Cameron</a> represents the developers.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not focusing here on three golf holes, we&rsquo;re focusing here on the entirety of a park and what its being used for, all the different uses; picnicking, hiking, kite-flying, volleyball, concerts, triathlons, and golf.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Michigan&rsquo;s Court of Appeals agreed with Cameron that designating part of it as a golf course is not against the restrictions. It also ruled that the city is allowed to lease the land. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:36:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 957 at http://michiganradio.org MI Supreme Court to hear dispute over Benton Harbor golf course