Stamas begins 2015 Heritage Route 23 Legislative Tour

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday began a two-day legislative tour of Heritage Route 23 with several state and regional officials in an effort to help bring attention and tourists to northeastern lower Michigan.

“This positive tour is an effort to highlight what Michigan’s sunrise side has to offer and engage the community with state officials about issues critical to the region,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “My goal in leading this tour with state and area officials is that we continue to serve the people by identifying new ways to help attract tourists, improve the economy and create jobs.

“We have already toured a local winery with the state agriculture director; stopped by a Michigan Activity Pass destination, visited a state dock and a local airport; and toured two construction sites that are bringing new jobs to the Alpena area.”

Beginning at the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish, the tour will travel 200 miles along the scenic roadway of the U.S. 23 Heritage Route to Mackinaw City.

“I encourage Michigan families and out-of-state tourists to come experience spectacular lake views and outstanding recreational opportunities of Heritage Route 23,” Stamas said. “Families traveling up the coastline can also enjoy numerous historical and cultural sites, relax on the beach or get away from it all at one of more than 50 area campgrounds.”

The first day featured touring the Wurtsmith Airport and Kalitta Air in Oscoda; visiting a local branch office with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson; checking out Neiman’s Family Market, a locally owned and operated grocery store in Alpena; and stopping at the Harrisville State Park for an announcement about the Michigan Activity Pass.

Highlights for Friday include attending the “Good Morning Alpena” breakfast at the Brown Trout Festival, touring the LaFarge quarry and checking out some of the world’s best fudge at JoAnn’s Fudge Shop in Mackinaw City.

Joining Stamas on the tour are Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle; Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare; Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; Secretary of State Ruth Johnson; Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon; Acting Vice President of Travel Michigan Dave Lorenz; and officials from Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Northeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Residents can discover more information on Heritage Route 23 by visiting the route’s website at: The site includes information on community events, outdoor activities and even a “Plan Your Trip” link that can help visitors learn about what best fits their interests and assist them in mapping out their vacation.

For more information, residents may also contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036.


Editor’s note: The above photographs of the tour are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.