Monday, June 29, 2015

Resurrection: Cross Displayed At Grand Haven's Dewey Hill After Resident Fights Back

A boater keeps the Dewey Hill Cross tradition alive by displaying a cross at the foot of the hill during Sunday's WOW services (Photo by Laura Potter)

By Brandon Hall   
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Mitch Kahle may have thought for the first time in over 50 years no Cross would be displayed in the Dewey Hill vicinity Sunday night, but a local unknown Cross supporter had other plans.

While the official "Dewey Hill Cross" was not raised Sunday evening after a preliminary injunction to stop the City of Grand Haven's Resolution 15-013 was denied Friday, one area resident took matters into his own hands, refusing to let over 50 years of tradition in Grand Haven die. 

>>>Judge Rejects Grand Haven Cross Injunction, Wants Full Briefs And Arguments

He parked his boat affixed with a large Cross on the back of it  right on the shores of Dewey Hill during the first of 10 "Worship on the Waterfront" services for the summer. Just like the original Dewey Hill Cross, it was put up by a private citizen.

(The original Cross was displayed to celebrate Christmas in 1962 and was spontaneously put up by private citizens.)

With two lawsuits pending against the City, private residents displaying the Cross in yards all over town and on the shores of Dewey Hill during WOW services, matters are just starting to heat up as November elections rapidly approach. If the pro Cross candidate wins, the votes needed to reverse the resolution will be there, and it's likely the Nativity will be back up before the end of the year.

Anyone who thought the sneaky January 5th vote that took place during a quasi-blizzard and right after New Year's weekend would be the end of the controversy in Grand Haven was severely and completely mistaken.

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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