SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — South Haven officials are expected to meet Monday to review new safety measures for the Lake Michigan beach.
A new proposal would require the city to fly two red flags when the water is closed and the conditions are too dangerous, according to city documents. The additional flag coincides with the Michigan Department of Natural Resource's warning system on state-controlled beaches.
Over the summer, South Haven introduced a ban on swimming in dangerous water conditions, issuing a $1,000 fine for those who disobey.
In addition, the South Haven City Manager Kate Hosier is expected to present an overall beach safety report.
The city is tackling other safety upgrades, that include installing a permanent pier barrier, according to the report.
The proposed barrier requires approval from the U.S. Army Crops of Engineers. According to the report, that agreement should be ready in January 2023.
The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, a nonprofit that aims to protect beachgoers and save lives, has said it's important to keep beach safety regulations consistent across the state.
Forty-three drownings have been reported in Lake Michigan in 2022, according to the Great Lakes Surf Project. However, more than 100 drownings were reported in all the Great Lakes for the year.