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By Jim Malewitz, May 28, 2019

“Conflict of interest and personal profit questions are dogging West Michigan developer Dan Hibma’s proposal to open up the Grand River in West Michigan to powerboat traffic.

The high-profile Republican donor owns undeveloped riverfront in the town of Walker whose property values may rise under his plan to have the state of Michigan dredge a 22.5-mile stretch of the river.

‘It’s very clear to people looking at it that Hibma has wanted to develop property in this fashion, and the [dredging] project was born out of that,’ said Allendale resident Jeff Seaver, who owns a marketing and design firm and joined Friends of the Lower Grand River, a citizens’ group that sprung up this year to oppose dredging.”

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