Downstate residents sue Governor Whitmer for blocking travel to Charlevoix cottages

Apr 17, 2020

Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse, MI
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Two Michigan residents say their constitutional rights are being violated because they can’t visit their second home in northern Michigan. 

The Ann Arbor-based firm American Freedom Law Center filed the suit in a Grand Rapids court this week.

Attorney Robert Muise says his clients, who live downstate, can’t visit their cottages in Charlevoix under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order.

That’s a violation of their rights, he says.

“Well you could drive up to Traverse City to engage in some physical activity but I can’t go to my own home? It just doesn’t make sense what the governor’s doing,” Muise says.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order does not permit people to travel between two homes in the state after April 10.

The Attorney General’s Office says it’s putting together a team to assist the Governor in this case.

Muise says he’d rather the governor issue guidelines to keep the public safe, rather than put out rules that, if broken, could result in a criminal citation.

In the complaint, the plaintiffs also say they can’t operate their motorboats or run their landscaping business under the Governor’s order, which also infringes on their rights.