LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law legislation that will fund the state of Michigan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Included in the 2018-2019 budget was a planning grant for updates and repairs to the Grindstone Harbor in Port Austin Township.
Grindstone City, located at the tip of the thumb, was home to a booming grindstone industry during the early 1900s. A grindstone is a large stone that has been ground down to a true, flat surface, primarily used for sharpening tools. Due to advancements in technology, the industry slowly died out and much of the town went with it.
“The Grindstone Harbor is in a unique position in the Thumb,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “It is an ideal location for upgrades because there are no other ports or harbors around. The closest one is Harbor Beach, which is 10 miles away.”
The 2018-2019 budget includes a planning grant of $120,000 for upgrades to the existing harbor — making it suitable for kayakers, fishermen and others who enjoy the outdoors.
The grant will go toward building an area to launch kayaks; building a fish cleaning station, bathrooms and boat docks; dredging the harbor and establishing a fund for upkeep of the location.
“This is a fantastic development for the area,” said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “There are no harbors for at least 10 miles in either direction. I think this will give more Michiganders an opportunity to fish, kayak and enjoy our state’s beautiful outdoors.”
State Rep. Edward Canfield agreed.
“The harbor has the potential to drastically improve the outdoor opportunities for area residents,” said Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “The harbor, as it currently sits, is an uncut gem. This grant will bring it up to par with other Thumb-area harbors and will serve not only as a boost to local economies, but as a destination for residents all over the state.”