The Gus Macker committee welcomed public comment yesterday. Kathy Maclean, president and CEO of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce said that for the last 5 years, they were able to provide an average of $17,000 per year to charities from the money raised. The Chamber expressed concern regarding both sponsorships to ensure that the event is providing the most benefit to charities as possible and getting enough volunteers to help with the event. In past years, the tournaments drew 1,500 teams to Ludington’s beach. The number of teams were reduced to 900 as fewer people have been volunteering to help. The public response was overwhelmingly positive, with many community leaders and business owners expressing the benefit of Gus Macker to the the Community. The Chamber has until October 1st to decide if they want to opt out of the Gus macker.