Leland Harbor to stay closed unless funds found for dredging

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Leland Harbor eventually could close for good unless officials scrape together enough money to dredge its sand-choked entrance.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the Leland Township Harbor Commission's tight budget and limited federal funding over the past several years has stalled dredging efforts for the harbor, which is a refuge for Lake Michigan boaters in distress and houses fishing boats and ferries.
The harbor was last dredged in 2014. Sand continues to pile onto the lakebed and essentially has blocked passage by cutting the channel to less than 6 feet deep.
Harbormaster Russell Dzuba says he closed off the harbor after a recent storm and that it'll stay closed in the spring.
Dzuba says annual dredging would cost about $200,000.