Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org en Developer gets OK for road across Michigan dunes http://michiganradio.org/post/developer-gets-ok-road-across-michigan-dunes <div><p>SAUGATUCK&nbsp;TOWNSHIP,&nbsp;Mich. (AP) - Construction is expected to begin in the coming months on an access road across part of the Lake Michigan shoreline for 18 home sites.</p><p>The Grand Rapids Press reports&nbsp;that Singapore Dunes LLC says it has received permission from the state Department of Environmental Quality to build the two-lane blacktop in&nbsp;Allegan&nbsp;County's&nbsp;Saugatuck&nbsp;Township.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:14:33 +0000 The Associated Press 17030 at http://michiganradio.org Developer gets OK for road across Michigan dunes State regulators to issue permit for controversial development in duneland, with conditions http://michiganradio.org/post/state-regulators-issue-permit-controversial-development-duneland-conditions <p>A controversial development that’s proposed on 300 acres of critical duneland in Saugatuck is likely to get the state permit it needs to get the project rolling. The parcel has been at the center of a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/singapore-dunes-llc">years-long legal battle.</a></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15930 at http://michiganradio.org State regulators to issue permit for controversial development in duneland, with conditions Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-november-6th-2013 <p>On today's show, we took a look at key election results from around the state, from marijuana to gay rights. How did you vote?&nbsp; And what's the take away from Election 2013?</p><p>Then, we spoke with Michigan singer-songwriter Stewart Franke as he takes us inside his battle with leukemia.</p><p>And, we talked Michigan beer. A new film looks at the craft beer scene in our state.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t has been quite a journey for a candidate who got booted off the primary ballot, was going to fold his tent and walk away, then was urged to mount a write-in campaign, swept the primary and today, is the new Mayor-Elect of Detroit.</span></p><p>Mike Duggan has become Detroit's first white mayor in 40 years, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has covered the Duggan campaign and was at the victory party last night. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15168 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith talks about the Saugatuck-Douglas vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-lindsey-smith-talks-about-saugatuck-douglas-vote <p>We turn now to the West Side of the state.</p><p>That's where Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith has been following a ballot proposal calling for the merger of Saugatuck and Douglas, two smaller cities just south of Holland.</p><p>Lindsey Smith joined us today to talk about what the voters said.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:45:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 15162 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith talks about the Saugatuck-Douglas vote The big races and proposals this Election Day http://michiganradio.org/post/big-races-and-proposals-election-day <p><strong>Detroit could have its first white mayor in 40 years</strong></p><p>"A former write-in candidate once thought to have little chance of surviving Detroit's primary election is favored to become the city's first white mayor in 40 years. Former health care executive Mike Duggan is leading the polls over Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon," the Associated Press reports</p><p><strong>Three cities vote on easing marijuana laws</strong></p><p>"Voters in three Michigan cities have a chance to give some legal protection to users of small amounts of marijuana. Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing would ignore possession of an ounce or less of marijuana on private property. People must be at least 21 years old," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Cities of Saugatuck and Douglas could merge </strong></p><p>Voters in the two west Michgian cities could vote to turn Saugatuck and Douglas into one town.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:08:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15131 at http://michiganradio.org The big races and proposals this Election Day Two lakeshore cities have rare opportunity to vote on whether to merge into one http://michiganradio.org/post/two-lakeshore-cities-have-rare-opportunity-vote-whether-merge-one <p>Voters in the neighboring Michigan cities of Saugatuck and Douglas have a big decision to make in tomorrow’s election. The tourist towns on the shores of Lake Michigan could become a single city.</p><p>If you live in Saugatuck or Douglas, there’s no way you can avoid the touchy conversation about consolidation. Campaign signs tell voters to “Save our towns” or “We’re better together.”</p><p>Even the kids on the playground have opinions.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:47:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15112 at http://michiganradio.org Two lakeshore cities have rare opportunity to vote on whether to merge into one Public asks state to reject development plans, consider buying dune land in Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/public-asks-state-reject-development-plans-consider-buying-dune-land-saugatuck <p>Many people are asking the state to consider paying millions of dollars for a few hundred acres of land in Saugatuck. The land is sandwiched between Saugatuck State Park and a nearly 200-acre nature preserve.</p><p>Community leaders tried to buy the property a few years ago. They were outbid by a wealthy businessman. After a years-long legal battle over development rights, the property was listed for sale this month.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:57:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14150 at http://michiganradio.org Public asks state to reject development plans, consider buying dune land in Saugatuck After years-long legal battle, developer lists dune land property for sale in Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/after-years-long-legal-battle-developer-lists-dune-land-property-sale-saugatuck <p>After years of legal wrangling over development rights, energy giant Aubrey McClendon <a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-639-20988097/singapore-dunes-saugatuck-mi-49453">has put a huge property up for sale in Saugatuck</a>. The 300-acre parcel includes coastal dunes near Lake Michigan.</p><p>McClendon bought the land in 2006 for about $40 million. He spent millions on engineers, architects, designers; and then battling Saugatuck Township in court for the right to develop the land.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:38:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14133 at http://michiganradio.org After years-long legal battle, developer lists dune land property for sale in Saugatuck Report shows taxpayers could save $500,000 if Saugatuck and Douglas merge http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-taxpayers-could-save-500000-if-saugatuck-and-douglas-merge <p>A new study from an independent research group shows taxpayers in the cities of Douglas and Saugatuck could save more than half a million dollars a year if the local governments merged.</p><p>Eric Lupher is Director of Local Affairs for the independent Citizens Research Council of Michigan. He authored the study on a potential merger of city governments in Saugatuck and Douglas. You can read the <a href="http://www.crcmich.org/PUBLICAT/2010s/2013/rpt384.html">full report on the CRC’s website.</a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:56:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13630 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows taxpayers could save $500,000 if Saugatuck and Douglas merge Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-will-have-say-proposed-merger-two-west-michigan-communities <p>Soon people living in the lakeshore cities of Saugatuck and Douglas will vote on a proposed merger of their local governments. The State Boundary Commission ruled today the question should be on the ballot in August or November.</p><p>A citizens group <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-look-merging-saugatuck-douglas-and-saugatuck-twp">began the process to merge in 2011</a>. The <a href="http://www.we-are-better-together.com/">Consolidated Government Committee </a>is pushing for the merger to save taxpayer money.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:37:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12188 at http://michiganradio.org Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities Group opposing merge of Saugutuck, Douglas turns in petition signatures http://michiganradio.org/post/group-opposing-merge-saugutuck-douglas-turns-petition-signatures <p>A group that’s against a proposed merger of two cities in West Michigan turned in more than enough signatures today to put the question before voters.</p><p>About 2,000 people live in the neighboring cities of Saugatuck and Douglas.</p><p>Matt Balmer is a spokesperson the <a href="http://www.cicc2013.com/">Citizens for Independent and Cooperative Communities</a>. The group collected 342 signatures in the past few weeks.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:31:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11305 at http://michiganradio.org Group opposing merge of Saugutuck, Douglas turns in petition signatures Vote appears likely on Saugatuck-Douglas merger http://michiganradio.org/post/vote-appears-likely-saugatuck-douglas-merger <p>SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) - The proposed merger of Saugatuck and Douglas in Allegan County seems likely to be headed to a ballot.<br><br>88 signatures are needed. The Grand Rapids Press says the petition already has been signed by more than 300 residents in the two small cities. The deadline to get the names to Lansing is Feb. 19.<br><br>Groups on both sides of the issue already have formed. Citizens for Independent and Cooperative Communities questions whether there would be significant savings in a merger. Supporters say the savings could be $500,000 a year.<br> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 11:58:27 +0000 The Associated Press 11063 at http://michiganradio.org Vote appears likely on Saugatuck-Douglas merger State Rep. will not receive jail time for drunken driving http://michiganradio.org/post/state-rep-will-not-receive-jail-time-drunken-driving <p>State Representative Bob Genetski will serve no jail time for his drunken driving conviction handed down last month.</p><p>The Republican from Saugatuck will have to complete 40 hours of community service. He’ll also have to pay fines and court fees.</p><p>Genetski was pulled over for driving while intoxicated in January by a Michigan State Police officer. His blood alcohol level was .08 an hour and a half after his arrest.</p><p>A jury found him guilty last month.</p><p>The maximum penalty would have been 93 days in jail. It could also come with up to 360 hours of community service, and a maximum $500 fine.</p><p>Jail time is unusual for first-time offenders.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:14:31 +0000 Jake Neher 9614 at http://michiganradio.org State Rep. will not receive jail time for drunken driving Plans to develop huge plot of lakefront land near Saugatuck submitted to township http://michiganradio.org/post/plans-develop-huge-plot-lakefront-land-near-saugatuck-submitted-township <p>An Oklahoma energy executive is <a href="http://singaporedunes.com/">submitting his plans </a>for a new development on 300 acres near Lake Michigan in Saugatuck. Aubrey McClendon owns the development <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/singapore-dunes-llc">Singapore Dunes LLC</a>.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:53:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8548 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal to merge cities of Saugatuck and Douglas inching forward http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-merge-cities-saugatuck-and-douglas-inching-forward <p>Hundreds of people showed up for a public hearing in Saugatuck Wednesday night. Most spoke against the proposed plan to merge the cities of Saugatuck and Douglas.</p><p>Travis Randolph is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.we-are-better-together.com/">with the group that&rsquo;s behind the idea</a>. He hopes a state commission will decide the proposal is reasonable enough to put before voters.</p><p>&quot;The ultimate poll is an election and that&rsquo;s all we&rsquo;re trying to get to. So that everybody can have a say. And in the process of getting to the election, you have to go through dealing with those people who have emotional connection to the present, not to the future,&rdquo; Randolph said.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 03:25:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7963 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal to merge cities of Saugatuck and Douglas inching forward One lawsuit settled, but likely more to come in Singapore Dunes case http://michiganradio.org/post/one-lawsuit-settled-likely-more-come-singapore-dunes-case <p>A&nbsp;federal judge has signed off on a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/singapore-dunes-llc">long-standing legal dispute</a> between Saugatuck Township and Oklahoma energy executive Aubrey McClendon. The case revolves around the potential development of 300 acres of land McClendon owns that includes critical dunes near Lake Michigan.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:46:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7851 at http://michiganradio.org One lawsuit settled, but likely more to come in Singapore Dunes case Public hearing on effort to merge Saugatuck, Douglas set for June http://michiganradio.org/post/public-hearing-effort-merge-saugatuck-douglas-set-june <p>The state has rescheduled a public hearing on the proposed consolidation of the cities of Douglas and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/saugatuck">Saugatuck</a>. The hearing was set for later this month. But the state pushed it back to next month because notice of the hearing wasn&rsquo;t mailed out at least 30 days prior.</p><p>Local leaders were upset the original public meeting was scheduled at a smaller venue in the middle of a workday anyway. It&#39;s now been rescheduled for 4p.m. June 20<sup>th</sup>inside the Saugatuck High School gymnasium.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 16:52:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7414 at http://michiganradio.org Public hearing on effort to merge Saugatuck, Douglas set for June Saugatuck and Douglas take a step toward becoming Saugatuck-Douglas http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-and-douglas-take-step-toward-becoming-saugatuck-douglas <p>The picturesque west Michigan towns of Saugatuck and Douglas have taken another step toward becoming the picturesque city of Saugatuck-Douglas.</p><p>A state commission decided a proposal to merge the two into one city met enough legal requirements to move to the next step.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Merger supporters say it will save money.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:08:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 7005 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck and Douglas take a step toward becoming Saugatuck-Douglas Three West Michigan communities consider merging into one http://michiganradio.org/post/three-west-michigan-communities-consider-merging-one <p>This week there will be an important hearing for those hoping to merge three West Michigan communities. A <a href="http://This week there will be an important hearing for those hoping to merge three West Michigan communities. A group of citizens is asking the state to allow the cities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township to merge into one city. ">group of citizens&nbsp;is asking </a>the state to allow the cities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township to merge into one city.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 08 Apr 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6942 at http://michiganradio.org Three West Michigan communities consider merging into one Saugatuck Twp accepts proposed settlement with billionaire http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-twp-accepts-proposed-settlement-billionaire <p>A federal judge will consider another proposed settlement in a legal case between&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/saugatuck-township">Saugatuck Township </a>and a private developer. The township approved the proposed settlement Wednesday night.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:47:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6734 at http://michiganradio.org