Fire chief: Cause of Toledo Beach Marina fire may never be determined
LA SALLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Due of the ferocity of the Toledo Beach Marina fire this past week, the cause of the fire may never be determined, the La Salle Township fire chief said. Michigan State Police said it is estimated that the total loss is valued at more than $1 million. La Salle Township Fire Chief Randy Howe told Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit on Monday that the cause may never be determined because of the heat of the fire. Heavy equipment was brought in to move the debris which could affect determining a cause. Anyone with more information on the fire is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Tip Line at 1-800-442-7766.
Hundreds of boats damaged as multiple crews battle Monroe County marina fire
LA SALLE, Mich. – Dozens of fire crews battled a three-alarm fire Friday Morning at the Toledo Beach Marina in La Salle. ORIGINAL STORY: Video: Large fire burns at Toledo Beach Marina in Monroe CountyDec. 7 update: Fire chief: Cause of Toledo Beach Marina fire may never be determinedThe fire was called in just before 7 a.m. By noon, firefighters were able to get some of the flames under control, but there was still significant smoke from the area. At one point, the smoke was so thick, the flashing emergency lights of first responders could barely be seen. An entire building filled with hundreds of boats was nearly destroyed on the shore of Lake Erie. Despite being on the shore of Lake Erie, crews were unable to get enough water to battle the fire properly.
Video: Large fire burns at Toledo Beach Marina in Monroe County
LA SALLE, Mich. – Firefighters are on the scene of a three-alarm fire Friday at the Toledo Beach Marina in La Salle, Mich.Watch the video above showing the massive flames and thick smoke at the marina. Dec. 7 update: Fire chief: Cause of Toledo Beach Marina fire may never be determinedMonroe County Emergency Manager Mark Hammond said there have been no injuries reported, but hundreds, if not more, boats have been damaged or destroyed by the fire. Hammond said the biggest issue they face has been getting water to put out the fire because marinas like this one are meant for getting boats in the water, not for large trucks. They have been having a difficult time getting the fire trucks to a place where they can get water they can use. Here is a statement from the marina Friday morning, explaining all marina employees are safe and that an investigation into the cause is underway:“A fire occurred this morning at Safe Harbor Toledo Beach in LaSalle, Michigan.
16th annual Raft Off event on Lake St. Clair held despite pandemic
Large crowds gathered Saturday on Lake St. Clair despite the order banning large outdoor gatherings. It was Raft Off 2020, an event held by the same group that hosts Jobbie Nooner -- another large boating event that was held normally this year despite an increase in coronavirus cases at the time. Aug. 8, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 86,889; Death toll now at 6,250Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered a ban on outdoor event with more than 250 people. As of Aug. 8, St. Clair County has 684 confirmed coronavirus cases and Macomb County has 9,976.
Boat sales are booming as social distancing limits options for recreation
While many businesses arent even open, businesses like boat sellers cant keep up with demand. If youve driven on I-96 in Wixom over the past couple of years, youve probably seen Wilson Marine. That bell has been ringing constantly for months, General Sales Manger Kevin Mosher said. A couple hundred boats left the lot quickly, and those looking for boats cleared out Wilsons four other locations too. If you were to order a boat right now, you probably wouldnt see it until October or Maybe November, Mosher said.
Michigan company announces daily, nightly trips to Mackinac Island on pirate ship
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – A Michigan ferry boat company announced it will offer daily and evening rides to Mackinac Island on what appears to be an actual pirate ship. Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry, out of Mackinaw City, announced the Mackinac Pirate Adventure Tour trips will begin June 19. The company’s pirate ship, Good Fortune, will take passengers to Mackinac Island from Mackinaw City five times per day during peak season. Good Fortune (Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry)Company officials said the ship has water cannons for children and a bar for adults on nightly cruises. Good Fortune (Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry)
‘Failed attempt at humor,’ Michigan Gov. Whitmer says of husband’s attempt to move up boat queue
Gretchen Whitmer’s husband made typifies the ever souring relationship between her office and the Republican leadership in the legislature. Whitmer called it a poor attempt at humor -- and a top Republican said her staff lied. He jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue.”Sen. Tom Barrett put up a post detailing what he said Whitmer’s husband said last Friday. He said late that night he was called on by Whitmer’s staff to remove it because it wasn’t true. The boat drama continued to explode on social media over the weekend and Whitmer’s staff tried to brush it off.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer addresses report that husband name dropped her to get boat into water sooner
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed a controversial request by her husband, who reportedly name dropped Whitmer to try to get his boat out of storage and into the water sooner. Whitmer said her husband’s comments were a “failed attempt at humor.”“Obviously, with the motorized boating prohibition in our early days of COVID-19, he thought it might get a laugh,” Whitmer said. “It didn’t, and to be honest, I wasn’t laughing either when it was relayed to me, because I knew how it would be perceived. On Friday, she extended the state’s stay-at-home order until June 12.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer says husband’s attempt to move up boat queue was just a bad joke
UPDATE -- May 26, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 55,104; Death toll now at 5,266While speaking Tuesday during her daily coronavirus (COVID-19) press briefing, Whitmer addressed the story. “I do feel compelled to address the most recent one about my husband, Marc,” Whitmer said. "My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking in with the small business that helps with our boat up north, knowing it wouldn’t make a difference. He jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue." “Obviously, with the motorized boating prohibition in our early days of COVID-19, he thought it might get a laugh,” Whitmer said.
Downriver marina opens ahead of Memorial Day weekend with new safety precautions
TRENTON, Mich. A downriver marina reopened for boaters ahead of Memorial Day, but its not business as usual. Elizabeth Park Marina in Trenton is taking precautions to keep boaters safe after weeks of being closed due to COVID-19. About half of the 52 docks at the marina are available and boaters are encouraged to stagger launch times, but there was a long line to put boats in Saturday afternoon. Well take care of that and keep pushing forward.The marina will staff a limited amount of employees who have undergone training to keep things safe. Boaters are asked to wear masks when available, wash their hands frequently and to be conscious of themselves and others.
Revised Michigan order allows golfing, boating while maintaining social distancing
A revision to Michigan’s stay-at-home order amid the COVID-19 pandemic now allows residents to leave homes to go boating or golfing. Social distancing is our best weapon to defeat this enemy,” reads a statement from Whitmer. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. People won’t have to wear face coverings when they’re taking a walk in the neighborhood, but when they go to the grocery store, they should be wearing one. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, and nurseries can return to work, subject to strict social distancing.