Small coastal communities spiff up their resumes

By KAREN HOPPER USHER
Capital News Service
LANSING — Small coastal communities are laying the groundwork to bring cash to their waterfronts. Community members, researchers, designers, engineers and others are helping six small harbor communities plan for the future. And the effort, coordinated by Michigan Sea Grant, could have a statewide impact by modeling development strategies for other coastal communities, creating safe harbors for recreational boaters and spurring tourism. Four communities last year participated in a program that helps to develop five-year ┬áplans for their waterfronts: Ontonagon, Pentwater, Au Gres and New Baltimore. Two more – St.