Saugatuck leaders consider new idea to save historic Mt. Baldhead lookout

As the summer tourism season approaches, Saugatuck leaders consider renovation ideas that could save one of the city's most picturesque visitor attractions. Nearly $150,000 is already in city coffers, earmarked for an earlier renovation project that's been scrapped.

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R.J. Peterson has his own idea for solving the Mt. Baldhead stairs dilemma: instead of rebuilding them on the dune’s east side, build new on the west.

The Tower Marine owner outlined his thoughts at the Saugatuck City Council meeting Monday. “Sure, it’s different,” he told The Commercial Record. “Where do you get doing things the same all the time?”

The wooden steps which have long led from city-owned Mt. Baldhead Park to the sand dune’s summit are showing their age and difficult to repair.

The city, armed with a $63,800 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant matched by $81,200 of its own, hoped this year to renovate the structure—until learning its 2002 plans do not meet since-revised Michigan Building Code standards.

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