New Site Plan For Harbor Springs' Irish Boat Shop Approved


In December 2018, after some backlash over approved site plans for the Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs, Michigan, the boat shop rescinded its plans. After making some improvements to the original plans, new sites plans have now been submitted and approved. The store/office/showroom plan was moved 20 feet east in order to make room for a pedestrian grassy area along the waterfront, providing boaters better access to amenities without having to cross traffic. 

"When our existing building was constructed, our hoists were smaller and less mobile and we dealt with fewer and smaller boats," President Michael Esposito wrote in a January 7 letter to the City of Harbor Springs Planning Commission. "Also since that time, both the Little Traverse Sailors (LTS) and LTYC have grown, which is wonderful, but that growth has added greatly to the traffic, parking, and safety issues involved in operating our marina. Our site redesign will better accommodate current conditions."

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