State Rep. Dave Prestin today voted for a planned recreational upgrade in Schoolcraft County that he worked to secure in the Legislature.
Within House Bill 4238 is grant funding to:
- Expand the Manistique Lakeshore Campground: The project will add a 4-acre parcel of land on U.S.-2 adjacent to the Lakeshore Campground in the City of Manistique on Lake Michigan. This acquisition will allow the camping area to expand significantly. The campground features sites with full hook-up, pull-through sites, and rustic tent-only sites. The park includes a beach, pavilion, playground, and boardwalk. The purchase will also allow the development of a trailhead on U.S.-2 for the Iron Belle Trail.
“The U.P. sets the standard for outdoor recreation,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “We have some of the finest natural resources in the state, which allows folks to partake in nearly all recreational activities. This upgrade will help enhance the quality of life for both residents of and visitors to the City of Manistique and Schoolcraft County as a whole.”
Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from revenues generated by the development of minerals on state land – not taxpayer money – and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The money must be used for land acquisition or recreational development projects, according to the Michigan Constitution. The trust fund program dates back to the 1970s.
The recommendations within HB 4238 advance to the Senate for further consideration.
Dave Prestin is serving his first term in the Michigan House. Prestin serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation.
“The governor signed away the future of the Upper Peninsula to please climate activists, not considering the factories that this will close and the families who will struggle to afford their heat in the middle of winter. Public utilities will be forced to spend millions on preposterous renewable energy credits to become compliant with these radical new laws. These additional expenses will be passed down to consumers who can’t afford their energy bills as it is.”
“These bills are precisely the opposite of what the U.P. and Michigan needs,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “The most urgent need is to reduce costs and increase reliability. Even if the tiny contribution Michigan makes to global emissions mattered, which it doesn’t, this plan will make living and working here harder for our residents.”
“Democrats just spent two weeks passing legislation that will wreak havoc across Michigan. Now, they’re tucking their tails, ignoring their duty to the voters, and running out of town. We are a full-time legislature. It’s been forty years since we’ve adjourned as early as Democrats did this week.”
“Our medical first responders and emergency medical technicians have reached a critical shortage in people interested in doing the work,” Prestin said. “This legislation would allow EMS agencies to advance the next generation of this crucial profession. We already allow high school students to train for these jobs. This package just ensures that those recruits can get into the workforce when they complete their coursework instead of waiting until their eighteenth birthday.”