SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Community members held a sit-in Friday at the top of the South Haven lighthouse as part of an effort to raise money for repairs to the structure.
Built in 1903, the lighthouse on the south breakwater is an iconic piece of the Lake Michigan shoreline. This winter, the Historical Association of South Haven announced plans to raise $300,000 to restore it. The association has so far raised more than two thirds of its goal.
Friday, community leaders including South Haven Public Schools Superintendent Robert Herrera and Assistant South Haven City Manager Paul Vandenbosch spent the all of Friday at the top of the lighthouse to help raise funds for the restoration effort.
Citizens were encouraged to come out and learn about the project and hopefully donate a few bucks.
The lighthouse’s biggest problem is corrosion, which much of the $300,000 will be used to combat.