Freed talks Blue Water Fest, grocery store

It’s Port Huron’s premiere summertime event, Blue Water Fest, and there will be some changes coming to the annual festival surrounding Boat Night this year. After years of an outside event coordinator putting on the event, this year’s festivities will be organized by the City of Port Huron’s Downtown Development Authority. City Manager James Freed tells WPHM the city had to step up this year at the risk of loosing the festival. Freed says putting on the Blue Water Festival will take the work of many volunteers, civic organizations, and sponsors. Those interested in volunteering their time to help with this year’s festival can contact the D.D.A.

Freed also tells WPHM that he is appealing to Dollar General to build one of their “marketplaces” at a location they are eyeing on the south end of town. Freed says bringing a grocery store back to the South Park neighborhood has been an ongoing process. The site being considered is on Connor Street between Electric and Military. Freed says a Dollar General Marketplace consists of fresh produce and meat in addition to usual Dollar General items. Port Huron’s south side has been without a grocery store since River District Supermarket burned down in 2013.