Protect Lake Charlevoix Shoreland Legal Fund

We are creating a legal fund to stop the destruction of Lake
Charlevoix's shoreland by the "Law Boathouse" project -- actually it's
an event and dining facility that would be used for a private
corporation in a residential zone -- involving the excavation of an
artificial boat basin and channel.

Hayes Township's "Shoreland Protection Strip" -- the first 50 feet from
the lake -- prohibits excavation. But Township officials have bent over
backwards to permit the project. While the Township's early permissions
are now expired, the Zoning Administrator says he is poised to permit
the project again. I have appealed this determination to the Township's
Zoning Board of Appeals.

On May 27, 2022 we learned the US Army Corps of Engineers proffered a
federal permit to the property owners, Scott and Debra Law.

In the past weeks we've also learned the State of Michigan's Department
of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)'s permit issued in 2020
was actually issued in error, an EGLE supervisor now admits in writing was "incorrectly reviewed"
saying he is "sick" about it, and he is "unable to defend this decision."

We are exploring all legal options to stop the project. While legal
actions are pursued by individuals, we appreciate community
contributions as we engage additional legal help to fight to preserve
Lake Charlevoix's shoreland. So many people in the community have asked
how they can help, and this is one way.

Thank you for caring about the future of Lake Charlevoix. Together we
can stop this project that will be so harmful to the lake and that is
contrary to the public interest.

You can find more information at:

(Now taking donations only online at the website or by check.)


  • Anonymous
    • $500 
    • 2 yrs
  • Gow Litzenburger
    • $25 (Offline)
    • 2 yrs
  • Deborah Narten
    • $200 
    • 2 yrs
  • MaryLee Pakieser
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Caitriona Rockwell
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs

Fundraising team (3)

LuAnne Kozma
Raised $1,700 from 11 donations
Charlevoix, MI
Winnie Boal
Team member
Raised $525 from 2 donations
Deborah Narten
Team member
This team raised $1,745 from 8 other donations.

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