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SOUTH HAVEN — South Haven officials will now issue a hefty fine to beachgoers who venture into Lake Michigan or walk along the piers during inclement weather.

City council members approved a new beach closure and pier barrier ordinance Monday, which imposes a $1,000 fee for violators who enter into the waters of Lake Michigan from city beaches or walk out onto the piers when they are closed.

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Sliding gates will soon be installed at the North and South piers in South Haven, in accordance with a new ordinance that prohibits people from walking on the piers during dangerous weather conditions.