South Haven seeks to confront its weaknesses

Tourism and its waterfront are a major strength for South Haven, but as city officials look to the future they want the city and area to have vitality all year long. For this reason they hired a consultant to examine strategies to improve the area.

SOUTH HAVEN — South Haven has some great assets – a vibrant downtown that overlooks Lake Michigan, access to 14 recreational trails, close proximity to major highways and educational institutions and a small but competitive manufacturing base.

But on Monday city leaders heard about weaknesses and even threats to the town’s vitality during a presentation about the new 10-year economic development strategic plan for South Haven.