coast guard station closes
U.P. News Coast Guard station closes COPPER COUNTRY, Mich. (AP) — The old Coast Guard station — which has filled various needs since 1918 is officially closed. The local Coast Guard unit moved from the old building to a temporary temporary site in Hancock in 1991 when the 73-year-old station became too expensive to maintain. A newer structure on the site remained in use as a calibration facility facility for electronics equipment serving the entire ninth district which includes the entire Great Lakes area. The facility calibrated specialized Coast Guard equipment such as radars. Calibration will now be contracted out to private businesses. A new station will be built in Dollar Bay with a groundbreaking planned for June. Coast Guard Chief Brian Williams expects the new site to open 24 months after that which would be around the summer of 1998. The former station will still belong to the federal government, as excess excess property. That means any agency within the government who wants the building will have the opportunity to use it. The Coast Guard used a ceremony Friday as an opportunity to celebrate celebrate exceptional service of certain key employees.