Great Lakes Cruising Coming Summer 2015

Now you can cruise along the Great Lakes in style without unloading tons of iron ore at the end of your excursion.  The Great Lakes Cruise exterior-perspective-4Company announced that starting summer of 2015 that the 105-stateroom  ship M.S. Saint Laurent  will begin a full itinerary of sailing adventures along the highlighted larger ports of the Great Lakes. The Saint Laurent is is an ocean-going coastal vessel with a draft and  waterline that makes her an ideal craft for exploring destinations larger vessels cannot reach on the ports along the Great Lakes.

Cruising the highlights of  of the Great Lakes over 10 days offers Saint Laurenttravelers a unique opportunity to see the best of the lakes.  The cruise ports or call includes embarking in Montreal or Chicago and includes stops in Welland Canal, Port Colbourne, Windsor, Little Current (in the famous Georgian Bay) Manitoulin Island,  Sault Saint Marie and Mackinaw Island.

chicago-montreal_mapTom Markwell, Managing Partner of Haimark Line states that: “operating a ship that was especially constructed for the Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence Seaway and coastal New England along with a more ‘esoteric’ Central and South America cruise program will give our guests the experience of ports and destinations that can only be enjoyed by small cruise ship. These itineraries are for discerning travelers who care about the distinctive aspects of unique ports we visit.”

BigWind causing ‘turbulence’ amongst Michigan residents

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This story is becoming all too familiar. BigWind builds turbines,  people can’t sleep and their homes are devalued.  It is occurring all over the globe.  And, what were their setbacks established ‘from’? Dwellings, not the property lines.  What does their county commissioner describe this as? “It’s a taking of their property.” Sound familiar, Ohio? House Bill 483 has attempted to help us by increasing our setbacks from the propery line. Let us make sure it doesn’t disappear this year. Rumors abound that some legislators want to destroy 483….  

…Most recently, neighbors of a 14-turbine wind farm in the Upper Peninsula community of Garden filed a lawsuit against the developer in U.S. District Court last month, alleging the project’s noise has harmed their quality of life and property values. In Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb — a focal point for state wind development — county officials are tearing up an…

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Officials: Another Sanilac County Wind Farm Could Be Built


As Huron County’s moratorium on further wind development continues, investors are expanding elsewhere in Michigan’s thumb.

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MOORE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Officials say another wind farm could be built in Sanilac County.

According to published reports Invenergy has been collecting property easements since 2004 in Argyle, Lamotte and Moore townships for a wind farm.

Invenergy plans to spread its wind turbines across 25,000 acres of private land. Invenergy says the number of wind turbines planned and the construction timeline aren’t yet set. The project is expected to create 10 permanent operating jobs and 100 construction jobs.

Local approvals are needed for the project.

Within Sanilac County, two wind farms already have brought more than 70 turbines to Delaware, Marion and Minden townships.

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New Marine Sanctuary Possible in Lake Michigan

LakeMichiganSanctuarySoon congress may be considering adding a second underwater marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NOAA,  confirmed that the Lake Michigan waters off Wisconsin are being considered for the newest preserve under consideration. If approved by congress it would join the Thunder Bay sanctuary in Lake Huron and be the 14th marine sanctuary in the United States.

The 875-square-mile sanctuary would be located along 80 miles of Wisconsin shoreline home the cities of Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Two Rivers. The boundary extends 9 to 14 miles into the lake. It will contain 34 known shipwrecks  found in water depths ranging from 10 to 460 feet.RouseSimmons

Fourteen of the known shipwrecks are intact, and the level of hull integrity of these sites far surpasses that of other regions in Wisconsin. Four vessels, the Tennie and Laura, the Walter B.Allen, the Gallinipper, and the Silver Lake, all possess standing masts a rarity in the Great Lakes.
Lake Michigan is the second largest of the Great Lakes with a surface area of 22,300 square miles,making it the largest freshwater lake entirely in the United States and the 5th largest lake in the world.

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