MARQUETTE, MI – Marquette is getting an extra 1,000 feet of Lake Superior shoreline for free in a deal with a utility company.

The Marquette City Commission recently voted to accept the land gift from utility We Energies.

“There’s no contamination that we’re aware of and we’re not taking on a problem area,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jenn Hill. “We are getting beachfront that will be a space for us to recreate and enjoy Lake Superior.”

We Energies is relinquishing the land to the city two years after shuttering a nearby coal-fired power plant in favor of two natural gas plants elsewhere. However, there are still intake and discharge pipes on the parcel and the utility will continue to maintain them; the city will be responsible for other aspects of the land.

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