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.
“A tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac is the optimal solution to safeguard the Great Lakes while ensuring vital energy products are continuously provided to residents in Upper and Lower Michigan, as well as communities nationwide,” wrote Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Propane plays an indispensable role in sustaining rural communities, which often lack the energy and sewer infrastructure present in more urbanized areas.”
“I voted no today because the speaker reneged on a promise he made last fall to pass bipartisan legislation in exchange for votes. The agreement happened, handshakes were made, and he has yet to fulfill his end of the bargain. The political games have to end. We are more than willing to work in a bipartisan fashion if Democrats end their blockade and agree to work collaboratively with us on the issues that matter most.”
“Seeing the bipartisan support behind our plan really emphasized the importance of backing EMTs and paramedics as they face critical staffing shortages across the board,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “Having served as a first responder for over a decade, I know the devasting impact that staffing shortages can have on medical first responders. Adequate medical resources are nearly non-existent around the state, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Our plan would begin addressing the issue by allowing EMTs and paramedics to continue training as they begin working and obtaining valuable on the job experience that will really benefit them as they work towards their full licensure.”