Four Michiganders learned the hard way that you can't jump off the South Haven pier without facing some serious consequences.

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The South Haven police say four people jumped off the South Haven pier on Friday, May, 13th and when they got out of Lake Michigan they were each handed a ticket for $1,000.

Why Can't You Jump Off The South Haven Pier?


Earlier this year the South Haven City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits diving or jumping from piers. WWMT 3 reports that South Haven can also close beaches and piers during dangerous conditions, according to the ordinance.

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When public beach waters are closed, signs will be posted around the areas. Those who go into or try to go into the water will face a municipal civil infraction and a $1,000 fine.

South Haven Beach Ordinance by WWMT

Are There Any Exceptions To The South Haven Ordinance?

Yes, there is one exception. If public beach waters are closed due to severe weather or wave height, people taking part in board sports can still go into the water at their own risk. They still must follow safety rules and have safety equipment.

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Credit: Canva

What Do People In South Haven Think About The Ordinance?


How Many People Have Drowned In lake Michigan?

Here is the latest information according to non-profit The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project 

-12 Possible Great Lakes Drownings in 2022

-6 of those in Lake Michigan

-1,056 Great Lakes Drownings since 2010

-(+2 Unknown final outcome, 1 missing)

-(Last updated 04/27/2022, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project via FB
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project via FB

WWMT 3 covered the ordinance violation on Friday, May, 13th you can check out the video segment below.

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