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My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal
My Town: Dune land dispute ends in deal

MONTAGUE, Mich.—A year-long battle over dune land in White River Township is over.

Monday, the Township reached a settlement with Bro G Land Company to buy the two-acre property on Lake Michigan.  The Township plans to incorporate the land into its Barrier Dune Sanctuary.

The deal ends the legal dispute over a dune land driveway. The developer wanted to create a 1,200 foot private pathway that would cut through the sanctuary to access the property. 

“The Township looks forward to bringing this matter to a close,” said Township Supervisor Mike Cockerill. “The Township was required by the MDNR grant in 1985 to protect the Barrier Dune Sanctuary and this settlement will fulfill that obligation. The Barrier Dune Sanctuary is a popular public amenity that also embraces the preservation of natural habitat and unique sand dune features for our children and grandchildren.”

White River Township has 18 months to come up with enough money to purchase the property.  The Township plans to seek funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as well as donations from private parties.