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Mon October 10, 2011
A visit to today's Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor (with slideshow)
The City of Benton Harbor says the beach season at Jean Klock Park was a success this year.
But some residents are upset that 22 acres of park land is now used by Harbor Shores Golf Course (see slideshow above to get a sense of how it looks).
The City of Benton Harbor says the golf course has created jobs and provides revenue for the city, but some people argue it’s not enough.
Julie Wiess is with Protect Jean Klock Park.
“It’s gone through with very little scrutiny actually, of the numbers that have been presented as far as job creation, as far as the amount of development or revenue that will be generated from this development and it’s all pie in the sky and no one has really taken a sharp pencil and figured whether this is realistic," said Wiess.
Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., a group of Benton Harbor residents will argue in federal appeals court that the golf course developers should not have been given permits they received to build on park land.
Harbor Shores Development is already operating the championship golf course; the opponents say the environmental permits allowing the development were not fair.