The recently proposed development at the Crystal Harbor Marina property located at 5664 S. Dunns Farm Road in Glen Arbor, sparked immediate and great concern over the possibility of multiple housing units, boat slips and parking on the eight-acre parcel. However, no action was taken to submit a formal proposal for development of the property to the Glen Arbor Township
Planning Commission and the purchase option on the parcel has expired.
The commercially zoned Crystal Harbor Marina property remains available for purchase. What happens next regarding development of the property remains uncertain.
“At some point the property currently available from longtime owner, Don Lewis, will be sold. However, we don’t know to whom, for what purpose or when that might occur,” said Rob Karner, Glen Lake Association Watershed Biologist. “What we do know is that we will continue to be ever mindful of any development proposals and their potential impact on water quality as it relates to the GLA and its mission of protecting and preserving our waters.”
The Glen Lake Association Board of Directors recently voted in favor of conducting a baseline
water quality study of the Crystal Harbor Marina property in order to obtain current water
statistics that could help guide future uses of the land and waterfront.
A symposium on water quality will be held at Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) Hagerty Center on February 17.
The Great Lakes Water Studies Institute and Freshwater Solutions are hosting the free event and will include local lake associations, including GLA, who will be represented by Rob Karner. Three other scientists will also be bringing their expertise to the symposium. Glen Lake will be one of the lakes featured in the discussion sharing results on Swimmer’s Itch and enteric bacteria studies.
Due to the great interest in this symposium, a larger venue is offering increased seating capacity but is still limited–plan to register right away. Registration is required by February 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Glen Lake Association is grateful and humbled by a recent donation by the Besio Family Foundation – one of the most significant donations to date given to the award-winning lake association.
The Besio family’s gift will underwrite the popular Discovery Boat program, a vital tool and key component in educating the community about protection and preservation of the Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed.
Rob Karner, GLA’s respected watershed biologist and founder of the Discovery Boat, makes the two-hour cruises fun and interesting, with each pontoon ride tailored to the participants’ interests. Topics range from discovering how the glaciers formed the lake, river and surrounding hillsides, wetlands, and streams – to the chemistry of the water and biology of plants and animals.
“GLA has done so much to protect and enhance Glen Lake with its various programs,” explain Sue and Greg Besio on their reason for investing in the program. “The Discovery Boat helps everyone learn more about our beautiful lake and how we can all contribute to preserving its unique ecosystem and watershed. Each person who takes the Discovery Boat tour, and learns how special Glen Lake is, becomes another advocate.”
Karner says their backing makes a strong statement and ensures the program’s continuation.
“When I first heard about the Besio family gift to help underwrite the cost of the Discovery Boat program, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. I felt like the program has been validated and will have a bright future.”
Sue and Greg Besio and their two sons have been coming to Glen Lake for over 25 years from the Chicago area. Now they welcome the third generation to their favorite spot. Calling her clan “a big sailing family,” Sue served as the Glen Lake Yacht Club Commodore and was on the board for 10 years. You can see them enjoying the water on their 19-foot cat boat with its distinctive mainsail.
“GLA’s educational programs help create a multi-generational advocacy dedicated to preserving the special character of Glen Lake and we are proud to support these efforts,” observe the Besios.
Discovery Boat cruises are held twice daily on designated Fridays in July and August and are incredibly popular with spots filling quickly. Reservations can be made through the GLA website, with signups for summer 2020 beginning in April.
For information on other underwriting opportunities to continue the important work of the GLA, contact development chair, Lori Lyman, at 231-334-7645 or GlenLakeDevelopment@gmail.com.