4 northern Michigan sheriffs won’t enforce some of Whitmer’s orders, but will enact second-home rule

Apr 15, 2020

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Sheriffs of Michigan's 101st House district are questioning details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders, according to a press release.

Michigan's 101st House district includes Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. 


In the release, the sheriffs vowed to deal with possible violations of the stay-at-home order on a case by case basis.

Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich says motorized boating has been a large point of concern for citizens.

“Our attempt is to let the public know and the people know, we are not out writing tickets and arresting people because they are in a motor boat,” says Borkovich. “We’re trying to give them guidance to get them to voluntarily comply with the governor's order. We’re hoping that people stay away themselves. But it's very hard for people to understand how biking or hiking or being on a sailboat or kayak is any different from a motor boat.”

The sheriffs also encouraged re-opening jobs in phases and specifically mentioned re-opening jobs that occur outdoors.

The sheriffs do want people to be mindful of other rules in the governor's executive order — like not traveling to and from second homes up north.