Well, I guess my wife and I won't be staying at the Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast again. We stayed there once during our honeymoon and loved it so much we came back in the fall for a longer stay. Once again, we had a great time and vowed to spend a future anniversary there. Now with this news that the condo project near the Big Bay Point Lighthouse has been cleared by a Marquette County judge I don't think the bed and breakfast will offer the same atmosphere.
The town (or village - it's not too big) of Big Bay is remote. Tucked away northwest of Marquette in the midst of a peaceful remoteness filled with beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and wildlife. As you drive out to the point where the lighthouse stands the gravel road gets a bit narrower and bumpier the closer you get.
The surrounding forest seems to close in on you as you turn each bend expecting to see a moose, bear, or other assorted wildlife. Upon arrival at the lighthouse all you hear is the wind in the trees and the thunderous crashing of Lake Superior's waves upon the sandstone cliffs.
Oh how I would hate to go up there and see a suburban setting of cookie cutter condos sitting just off the road within sight of the lighthouse.
I should mention that I do not feel sorry for the lighthouse bed and breakfast as they are part of the group that owns the land and has been pushing for this development.
You can read all about this story at The Mining Journal.
Follow this link for a satellite image showing just how remote the lighthouse is located - Google Satellite Map of Big Bay Point Lighthouse