Grand Haven lighthouse vandalized, two face charges

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 17:49:46-04

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Two people are facing charges after allegedly vandalizing one of Grand Haven's South Pier lighthouses.

Police say the graffiti artists, a 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man, left their personal social media account names on the lighthouse, which made it pretty easy to track them down.

"It's upsetting because we want to come to this town and check it out" said Jenna Cornea, who was visiting Grand Haven for the first time. "If it's vandalized then why come out here?"

Cornea is visiting Grand Haven with her friend, Lauren Zajac. Both of them were disappointed to hear about the damage to the lighthouse.

"As tourists we wanted to come see this beautiful thing and that it was vandalized is really upsetting" said Cornea.

Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said public safety officials acted right away after hearing about the vandalism.

"They primed and repainted the whole bottom of the lighthouse and now there's no evidence of any vandalism," McGinnis said.  "When it does happen it tends to get viral, other people start doing it, so we try to take care of it quickly.

McGinnis says once the catwalk is closed at the end of the summer for repairs the city will be adding several surveillance cameras that will hopefully prevent more vandalism.