- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - A decision is expected this week on a proposal to lower fees for weddings and other events held at the Fort Gratiot Light Station.

The proposal is scheduled to go to the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday for final approval, Susan Bennett, Port Huron Museum executive director, told the Times Herald of Port Huron ( https://bwne.ws/1lGmjrR ).

Officials want to attract more events and ceremonies to the lighthouse. The county renovated the building’s interior in the fall.

“It is beautiful,” Bennett said. “It was like it was in the ‘30s.”

The lighthouse was built in 1829, making it the oldest in Michigan. It provides a historic background for ceremonies, said Anita Varty, museum director of business operations. She suggested it could be used for anniversary parties, graduation open houses, family reunions and birthday parties.

“The view is probably the best thing,” Varty told the newspaper. “It’s such a beautiful venue to have it at, and it should be open to the public in order to enjoy it.”

She said the property is available for rent through the summer, except for a few reserved dates.

The fog signal building was formerly used as a gift shop. It will become an education center that could be used for meetings, receptions or dinners for up to 60 people.

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Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com


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