|Save Jean Klock Park
|Impacts and Destruction
|Herald Palladium, October 7, 2007
'Is it a fair trade?'
By Ann Burch
"The golf course is not going to infringe upon the dunes..."
- Mark Mitchell, Director of then Alliance for World Class Communities
and former board member of Harbor Shores Redevelopment Inc.
Starting the week of March 2nd, 2009, hundreds of mature trees, the life blood of
Jean Klock Park's dunes, were yanked out by their roots and destroyed. With a
butcher shop mentality Harbor Shores moved in and carved up everything in its path
including enormous areas of parkland outside of the golf course conversion areas.
The trees and plant life were ground and piled in the parking lot like a tray of freshly
ground meat. The wetland areas were brush-cut, including the area of the
endangered rose pink, emanated the sickening smell of massive plant-life carnage.
Despite the pending State and Federal lawsuits that were in effect at the time, the
developers moved forward and made their permanent and fatal mark on Jean Klock
Park's living ecosystem. By the time the courts heard the cases the golf course was
completed, resulting in rulings that reflected "moot point" decisions.
Regardless of the devastation that has taken place we are committed to the
reclamation and restoration of our public parkland.
Friends of Jean Klock Park | PO Box 8988 | Benton Harbor, MI 49023
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.savejeanklockpark.org
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