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Road Construction the Cause of Frontier Outage

About 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, a fiber optic cable was cut. This wiped out much of the Frontier communications network. Affected were credit card machines.  Many people had to delay a fill up as you could not charge for gas at the pump either.  We were in contact with Sheriff Cole and he said 911 calls were diverted to Muskegon.

Frontier says a large fiber cable was cut due to some road construction. Someone was boring under a road when they cut through their fiber optic cable. The lines are now repaired but as of this morning customers were still without voicemail. The programming for the voicemail is being worked on this morning and should be up by this afternoon.

The City Wants Public Input on Dog Beaches

Thinking about taking your dog to the beach? You wont be going to Stearns Beach.  Last night the City sent back  the request to allow dogs & owners to access the beach on the south side of the north breakwater. Thats basiclly the beach located where Ludington Ave dead-ends.While Buttersville, Pentwater, and Cartier Park have beaches designating a spot for Rufus to frolic and cool off, City manager Jon Shay says the negatives out way the positives for Stearns Beach. Mason County Mutts has stepped up in offering doggy stations for bags, disposal bins, and two signs designating the area.

Regardless of concessions put forward, this issue has been sent back to committee.

Feel strongly one way or another? Now is a great time to have your voice be heard on this issue. Council member Kaye Ferguson Holman said she wants community input via email, phone calls, or attending city council meetings. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can contact her at 231-590-2259.

ORV and Golf Cart Ordinances Passed by Ludington City Council

The Ludington City Council passed both of the controversial off-road-vehicle and golf cart ordinances last night during its Monday meeting. The council’s uneasiness with the legislation was evident having both ordinances pass by just one vote each (4-3).

It is now legal to operate ORVs and golf carts on the public roadways of Ludington. The new laws still require a valid driver’s license in order to operate either of these vehicles alone, but anyone over 12-years-of-age with the proper safety certification can operate an ORV on the road as long as they are directly supervised by a licensed parent or guardian.

Both ordinances include sunset clauses, which allow the city to cancel them after one year if necessary. Most of Mason County’s townships and the City of Scottville have passed similar laws regarding the use of such vehicles on the roads. 

Ludington North Breakwater Vandalized

The North Breakwater off of Stearns Beach has been heavily vandalized. The walkway to the lighthouse was tagged in at least 5 areas over the weekend.

Vandals used bright green spray paint to leave a combination of messages and images that are still clearly visible. The tags included a moon, sun, peace-symbol, clouds, waves, tic-tac-toe board, and even the phrase “I (heart) Ludington.”

Though this was clearly not an act of hate, it is still an act of crime. If you have any information regarding the taggers, please contact the Ludington Police Department. 

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