jean klock park http://michiganradio.org en Benton Harbor tickets protestors for being too noisy, ACLU asks judge to dismiss http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-tickets-protestors-being-too-noisy-aclu-asks-judge-dismiss <p>The ACLU is <a href="http://aclumich.org/sites/default/files/Berrien%20Joint%20Defendants%20Motion.pdf">asking a Berrien County judge to dismiss charges</a> against three protestors who were ticketed for being too noisy during the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor last May.</p><p>The three were taking part in a larger protest against the golf championship, the development of a city park, and the city’s emergency manager.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:52:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8701 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor tickets protestors for being too noisy, ACLU asks judge to dismiss Benton Harbor emergency manager sells parkland he shouldn’t have http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-emergency-manager-sells-parkland-he-shouldn-t-have <p><strong>Updated 12:30p.m. </strong>- Scott Geerlings with&nbsp;Zeeland, Michigan based&nbsp;Geerlings Development Company says the company bought the parcel for around $102,000.</p><p>Benton Harbor&rsquo;s emergency manager has sold a piece of land that was supposed to be open for public recreation. lot Now a dialysis center is being built on the undeveloped parkland&nbsp;instead.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:45:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8280 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor emergency manager sells parkland he shouldn’t have Job applicants, volunteers, prepare for Senior PGA in Benton Harbor http://michiganradio.org/post/job-applicants-volunteers-prepare-senior-pga-benton-harbor <p>More than 300&nbsp;people turned out to&nbsp;a&nbsp;job fair this&nbsp;week&nbsp;to&nbsp;get a temporary job when the Senior PGA tour comes to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/benton-harbor">Benton Harbor</a> next month.</p><p>Herb Caldwell is Vice President of the Consortium for Community Development. It&rsquo;s a non-profit group focused on solving chronic poverty in northern Berrien County.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re really surprised and really happy with the excitement and the eagerness of the folks in our area who want to get out an support the Senior PGA golf tournament,&rdquo; Caldwell said. The job fair was Tuesday,&nbsp;Wednesday and Thursday&nbsp;this week.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>PGA&nbsp;is a first for Benton Harbor</strong></p><p>The Senior PGA tour will be at the new <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/harbor-shores">Harbor Shores golf course</a>.</p><p>There&rsquo;s been controversy over the golf course for two reasons; it was partially built on sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and elected city leaders agreed to lease <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/jean-klock-park">portions of&nbsp;the beachfront&nbsp;park </a>while the city was facing severe financial problems. The course has prompted a number of lawsuits, but most have been settled in favor of the golf course.</p><p>Benton Harbor&#39;s city government&nbsp;is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/joe-harris">now&nbsp;run by an emergency manager</a>.&nbsp;The elected, but powerless,&nbsp;city commission voted earlier this month&nbsp;to withdraw its support of&nbsp;the Senior PGA&nbsp;coming to their city.&nbsp; Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:01:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7037 at http://michiganradio.org Job applicants, volunteers, prepare for Senior PGA in Benton Harbor 6th Circuit Ct. of Appeals rules for developers in Jean Klock Park case http://michiganradio.org/post/6th-circuit-ct-appeals-rules-developers-jean-klock-park-case <p><strong>Updated&nbsp;12:30p.m.&nbsp;1/31/12</strong></p><p>90-acres of land along the Lake Michigan shore were donated nearly a century ago to the City of Benton Harbor for public recreation.&nbsp;In 2008, city leaders agreed to lease&nbsp;22&nbsp;acres&nbsp;of&nbsp;Jean&nbsp;Klock Park to a non-profit developer known as Harbor Shores. The developer converted the land into 3 holes of a Jack Nicklaus golf course.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:30:26 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5968 at http://michiganradio.org 6th Circuit Ct. of Appeals rules for developers in Jean Klock Park case Jean Klock Park case back in front of federal appeals court http://michiganradio.org/post/jean-klock-park-case-back-front-federal-appeals-court <p>A federal appeals court judge heard arguments Tuesday in a case against the city of Benton Harbor and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.</p><p>The dispute is over a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course that&rsquo;s already operating in Benton Harbor. Three of the golf course&#39;s holes were built on public&nbsp;Jean Klock Park&nbsp;along the Lake Michigan shoreline.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:38:39 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4549 at http://michiganradio.org Jean Klock Park case back in front of federal appeals court A visit to today's Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor (with slideshow) http://michiganradio.org/post/visit-todays-jean-klock-park-benton-harbor-slideshow <p>The City of Benton Harbor says the beach season at Jean Klock Park was a success this year.</p><p>But some residents are upset that 22 acres of park land is now used by Harbor Shores Golf Course (see slideshow above to get a sense of how it looks).</p><p>The City of Benton Harbor says the golf course has created jobs and provides revenue for the city, but some people argue it&rsquo;s not enough.</p><p>Julie Wiess is with Protect Jean Klock Park.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s gone through with very little scrutiny actually, of the numbers that have been presented as far as job creation, as far as the amount of development or revenue that will be generated from this development and it&rsquo;s all pie in the sky and no one has really taken a sharp pencil and figured whether this is realistic,&quot; said Wiess.</p><p>Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., a group of Benton Harbor residents will argue in federal appeals court that the golf course developers should not have been given permits they received to build on park land.</p><p>Harbor Shores Development is already operating the championship golf course; the opponents say the environmental permits allowing the development were not fair. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:30:14 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 3403 at http://michiganradio.org A visit to today's Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor (with slideshow) Is a golf course a public park? http://michiganradio.org/post/golf-course-public-park <p>The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on the dispute around Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor.</p><p>In 1917, some land along Lake Michigan was given to the city of Benton Harbor. The &quot;<a href="http://www.savejeanklockpark.org/">Friends of Jean Klock Park</a>&quot; describe the gift this way:</p><blockquote><p><span class="text"><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">In 1917, </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">John and Carrie Klock<span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span></span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">deeded a half mile of lake Michigan frontage</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> to the </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">City of Benton Harbor M</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">ichigan in memory of their deceased daughter Jean. </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">T</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">heir </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">gift</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> consisted of</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> 90 </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">acres </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">o</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">f</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> globally rare </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">natural </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">res</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">ources </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">t</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">hat </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">i</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">ncluded</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> Great Lakes </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">Dunes</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">,</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> a</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> Great Lakes </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">Mars</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">h </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">and interdunal wetlands</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">. The </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">donated </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">land </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">was</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> named </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">Jean Klock Park </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">and </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">was </span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">dedicated</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> &quot;</span></font><b><font color="#06598b" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">FOR THE CHILDREN</span></font></b><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">&quot;</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> -</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;"> &quot;</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">i</span></font><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">n perpetuity&quot; - </span></font><b><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">&quot;FOREVER</span></font></b><b><font color="#1e446a" face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style="line-height: 22px; font-size: 18px;">.&quot;</span></font></b></span></p></blockquote><p>Today, the city of Benton Harbor has leased <em>part </em>of the park to the <a href="http://www.harborshoresdevelopment.com/">Harbor Shores Community Redevelop</a><a href="http://www.harborshoresdevelopment.com/"> Corporation</a>. The Redevelop Corporation used the land, including sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline for 3 holes of an 18 hole golf course.</p><p>Residents didn&#39;t like it and they filed a lawsuit. The case made it to the Michigan Supreme Court yesterday. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 15:52:55 +0000 Mark Brush 971 at http://michiganradio.org Is a golf course a public park? Construction Begins at Jean Klock Park http://michiganradio.org/post/construction-begins-jean-klock-park <p>Developers in Benton Harbor hope a new resort and Jack Nicklaus signature golf course will improve the economically depressed city. But plans call for three of the golf holes to be built inside Jean Klock Park, next to Lake Michigan beachfront. Activists hoping to save the park have sued in federal court, but construction at the park is underway. Officials with Harbor Shores Redevelopment say they are not building the golf course holes, but instead are working on park improvements as part of a lease agreement with the city. Tue, 02 Sep 2008 19:07:26 +0000 Vincent Duffy 2152 at http://michiganradio.org DNR approves Benton Harbor Golf Course http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-approves-benton-harbor-golf-course <p><span class="article-content"><span>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved developers plans to build part of a golf course over a Benton Harbor beachfront park.<br /><br />Developers want to build a golf course resort along Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor. The plan calls for three of holes to be inside Jean Klock Park.<br /><br />Residents opposed to the golf course say the development is illegal and will destroy the sand dunes. But they didn&#39;t get a chance to make their case because the D-N-R approved the plan without discussion or a public meeting.<br /> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 20:28:01 +0000 Vincent Duffy 2158 at http://michiganradio.org Lake Michigan golf course plan stirs controversy http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-michigan-golf-course-plan-stirs-controversy <p>Five years ago riots in Benton Harbor, Michigan drew national attention to racial issues and poverty there.</p><p>Today an arm of the Whirlpool Corporation wants to build a golf resort in the struggling city.</p><p>The location has some city residents less than pleased.</p><p>Benton Harbor is the poorest city in Michigan.</p><p>Unemployment is officially at 17% and the median household income is in the teens.</p><p>Vacant lots and boarded up buildings litter the downtown. But there is natural beauty in Benton Harbor.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2008 19:32:40 +0000 Vincent Duffy 2156 at http://michiganradio.org Jean Klock Park http://michiganradio.org/post/jean-klock-park <p>The city of Benton Harbor is deeply divided over the future of Jean Klock Park. And like many things in America, this is, not far below the surface, a story about race and class, and history.</p><p>Yet there is also an element of Victorian romance here. My guess is that most of the people fighting over the issue don&rsquo;t know much about the man behind it.</p><p>John Nellis Klock lived a classic Horatio Alger story. He was born in upstate New York the year the Civil War ended, into a family so poor he had to go to work full-time as a typesetter at age eleven.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 19:26:07 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2153 at http://michiganradio.org Jean Klock Park Testimony Mixed at Jean Klock Park Hearing http://michiganradio.org/post/testimony-mixed-jean-klock-park-hearing <p><span class="article-content"><span>Dozens of people testified in Benton Harbor last night (TH) at a packed city hearing on the future of the nearly 100-year old Jean Klock Park.<br /> Fri, 18 Apr 2008 19:28:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2154 at http://michiganradio.org