By IAN KULLGREN
Capital News Service
LANSING – A yearlong economic study funded by the federal government will help Great Lakes coastal communities capitalize on the growing recreational boating market. The federal government awarded $471,000 to Michigan Sea Grant that includes a portion to help communities come up with ways to draw more tourists to their local harbors. Sea Grant will choose four coastal communities around the state, including at least one on Lake St. Clair, to participate in the study over the next year. The findings will be published to give other cities and towns ideas on how to maximize the advantages of their harbors.