Officials Want More Feedback on Sculpture Plan

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Parks and recreation commissioners in Traverse City say more public feedback is needed on a proposal to erect a 20-foot-tall sculpture of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Sunday that some members of the commission are concerned that not enough people in the northern Michigan community know the statue would be placed at a prominent downtown intersection.

The Traverse City Coast Guard City Committee suggested the brushed stainless steel helicopter sculpture to commemorate the city's designation as a Coast Guard City. Donations would cover the estimated $30,000 cost.

An initial plan is to place the sculpture at East Front Street and Grandview Parkway. Commissioners say there already are several redesign proposals for that intersection.

The issue is expected back before the parks commission next month.

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