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Man hopes to restore East Harbor beach to 'glory days'

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Memorial Day brought many beach-goers to East Harbor State Park's beach in Ottawa County on Monday.  One man is on a mission to restore the site to its former glory.

Dick Taylor heads the nonprofit 'Beach Aid East Harbor'.  Taylor says he hopes to get the state to help bring back the 9,000 ft. beach he enjoyed 30 years ago.  But erosion has since dwindled the front to rocks and a man-made barrier.

"Man put these rocks here, we're asking for them to at least take a test period and take them out and see if that will let the beach restore itself," Taylor tells 13abc.  "This has been out of my kids life their entire life and my grand kids are coming up and I thought on my watch, I'd like to see if there's something we can do to bring this beach back. I think we're on the right track."

Taylor says the projected cost to double the public's beach access is less than $250,000.  He says his initiative already has the backing of some local state legislators, he hopes others will join.

"I would love to see this extended even more," says James Edwards who has been bringing his kids and grandchildren there for the last 20 years.  "If that happens we would be excited. We would make sure other people would come down here."

To see more about the 'Save Our Beach' campaign, visit http://beachaideastharbor.com/ .
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