“The proposed Padnos Marina would degrade our community investments in our natural resources and historic sites. I am determined not to let it happen.”
David Swan is president of the Coastal Alliance Board of Directors.
In 2007 David created an alliance of civic organizations focused on wise land use and proactively enforcing the mission and goals of the community Master Plan. Participants included: The Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society, home owner’s organizations, neighborhood groups, The League of Women Voters, and several environmental organizations.
In 2011, the Saugatuck Dunes were recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as One of America’s 11 Most Endangered Places.
The Coastal Alliance has been recognized for the following Leadership Awards: in 2014, Michigan Historic Preservation Network Leadership Award; in 2012, West Michigan Environmental Action Council Leadership Award; in 2010, Fresh Water Futures Leadership Award; in 2009, the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Leadership Award.
In 2017, The West Michigan Environmental Action Council awarded its most prestigious award, the CR Everson Award to David, recognizing his long term dedication to the protection of West Michigan’s natural resources.
In 2011, he was the recipient of the most distinguished Landslide Award from the Cultural Landscape Foundation, for work to protect the Saugatuck Dunes Cultural Landscape.
In 2001, David and Alison Swan founded Concerned Citizens for Saugatuck State Park, to protect the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. This led to rejection of the proposal to build a municipal water treatment in the heart of the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. They won the Michigan Environmental Council’s Petoskey Prize for Grassroots Environmental Leadership.
F. Sheldon Wettack
“While I understand that any owner of the former Denison property has the right to develop it, it must be legal and consistent with the long established nature of those dunes as they are special attractors that form the basis of the tourist economy of this unusual portion of West Michigan.”
Sheldon joined the Coastal Alliance board in 2008 when he was elected president of the Douglas Lakeshore Association Board of Trustees. He is still active on both boards. It took years of spending much of the year in Arizona to remind him of and sensitize him to the special character of the water in Michigan. It is truly a “wonder” for those of us fortunate enough to reside in the Saugatuck/Douglas area.