Will a bridge destroy Harsens Island? Monday, April 11, 2016
I have been traveling to Harsens Island since I was a baby. I have made the trip more times than I can count. My grandparents are full-time residents there so we get to see the island in all of its summer glory, and when its snowy and a lot quieter. What keeps my grandparents as well as the other residents and visitors happy about the island is the remoteness. Sure the ferry ride from Clay Township takes a total of 10 minutes, but you still have to take a ferry. This keeps traffic and congestion to a minimum on the island, and that is just how everyone likes it. Before I ever got involved in real estate I appreciated the quiet, peaceful island more for the fishing and hunting than anything else. It is a great place to sturgeon fish, or deer hunt during fall. You really can do any type of outdoor activity on one small island, only 30 min removed from I-94. The proposed bridge has created a lot of drama and strong opinions by the residents of the island. For some, it is a way to increase the values of the properties by making the island appeal to a broader range of people. For others it will take away some of the seclusion that they purchased when they bought on the island. There is no denying it, a bridge would increase vehicles on the island if for no other reason than its easier to drive a bridge across than hop on a ferry. As a Realtor, I see more people becoming interested in Harsens Island with a bridge that cannot ice over, leaving you stranded during the winter. I also think non-retirees that would like to live on the island and commute to work will appreciate the time saved not waiting for the ferry to load and unload passengers. Does the island lose some of its charm if traffic increases and more people want to drive its waterfronts? I don't know the answer to that because it has been the same for as long as I can remember, but I do like it how it is. What is your opinion?