***Cancelled***

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For Immediate Release
July 10, 2012

Contact: Marty Fittante
517-373-7840

***Cancelled***

The two informational meetings regarding beach grooming, scheduled for July 13 and 16, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the near future.

Sen. Casperson to hold informational meetings on beach grooming law changes

WHO:
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and interested members of the public.

WHAT:
Informational meetings on recent changes to state law regarding beach grooming.

WHEN and WHERE:
Friday, July 13
10 a.m.
Manistique City Hall
300 N. Maple Ave.
Manistique, MI

Monday, July 16
9 a.m.
Bay College
Herman Center, Room 952
2001 N. Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI

BRIEF:
Sponsored by Casperson, Public Act 247 of 2012 (Senate Bill 1052) removed restrictions implemented by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that have limited how beach maintenance can be done.

Under the new law, property owners no longer need to get a permit from the DEQ for beach grooming activities on sandy beaches, meaning that DEQ cannot limit their efforts to mow, level sand or remove vegetation on sandy beaches. Some state regulations remain for coastal wetland areas, and federal regulations remain for leveling or grooming of sand, so beach owners should ensure they understand the regulations or ask questions before proceeding with grooming activities.

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