Great Lakes Today

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It’s easier to get to Sheila Consaul’s summer home by boat than by foot.  It sits at the edge of an Ohio state park 30 miles east of Cleveland.

“Unless you have a boat, the only way to get here is to park in Mentor Headlands Beach parking lot, walk out through the dunes area to the beach itself, walk along the beach, and then you have to get up on the breakwall,” she says.

  

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When you think of a summer home, you probably think of a big house right on the beach, overlooking the ocean. But some people dream of a less conventional place to spend the summer…like a Lake Erie lighthouse.

Here's more about our visit to Sheila Consaul's lighthouse. 

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"Anyone there? Please, tell us - we're all tired and we're all hungry. Please come back!"

Fake distress calls like this one placed via marine radio can sound identical to real ones. And the U.S. Coast Guard 9th District, which covers the Great Lakes, takes every call seriously.

But the number of fake calls has skyrocketed this year.


Great Lakes Today reporter Elizabeth Miller recently appeared on the WVIZ/PBS program Ideas to to discuss Troubled Waters, a recent series looking at the impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts on the Great Lakes.

Boating fatalities increased 12 percent from 2015 to 2016, according the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard  released its 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics report this week.  

 

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