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      Residents upset over plan for public boat launch

      The Department of Natural Resources purchased property on East Grand Traverse Bay to build a new boat launch.

      The Department of Natural Resources purchased property on East Grand Traverse Bay to build a new boat launch.

      The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund approved a $2.5 million purchase of the Old Mooring Place on Mission Road right across from the Old Mission Hotel.

      The DNR's hope is that people launching their boats would have a place to park their trailers and vehicles.

      The area is close to Haserot beach. Peninsula residents are concerned that more boats would cause dangerous congestion, and fewer opportunities for water activities like swimming and scuba-diving. Some are also concerned about an increase in traffic.

      Tonight, both sides are coming together to discuss the issue during a meeting at Peninsula Township Hall at 7 p.m.