Hooked on Muskegon

Hooked on Muskegon essay published on Mlive December 3, 2013

During the holiday season is a good time to take stock of the things for which we are grateful. MLive Muskegon Chronicle is asking area residents what hooked them on Muskegon County. The followiing is Laura’s essay. Sometimes endings make new beginnings…

I can thank my (now) ex-husband for an unexpected transplant to Muskegon, back in 1997. The Double JJ Resort was his new employer when we moved into a quaint little fixer-upper in North Muskegon for several years. I took a job at a local ad agency before starting my own locally based business called, FineLine Creative in 2003. Funny thing happened, he ended up leaving and… well, I stayed and have made this area my home. I am happy with how things have turned out!

Muskegon has history with me as well. As a young beach volleyball player, barely 19, I remember playing my first AA rated tournament at Pere Marquette beach and being incredibly nervous. I gawked at the impressive expanse of beach alongside my tall and talented opponents.

Many years later, in August 2001, I won the MPVA (Midwest Professional Volleyball Association) tournament with a Muskegon native, Amy DeLong. Of all the beaches where I have competed, my favorite place to play beach volleyball is at Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Park.

For me, it’s about balancing life-work-play, so Muskegon and Michigan’s West Coast provide the ideal environment to do all three. Growing up in Traverse City, I will always need to be near the big lake and I actually enjoy the unpredictability and seasonality so often called the “lake effect.” Muskegon is also home to a thriving small business community and paired with the tourism and recreation, I believe it has become a destination.
The best part is the people I have grown to love and respect, who live and work right here, too. They are talented, kind, unpretentious and as prevalent as the sands on our 26-miles of beach.


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