Mr. Steve Hernek passed away recently. Mr. Hernek and his family have owned the Dunes Shores Resort along Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula since 1960. The resort is located along US-2 on the shores of upper Lake Michigan where extremely dangerous currents are present. When the Mackinac County Water Safety Review Team was established, Mr. Hernek became an active member.
Ron Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator, said:
“(Mr. Hernek) had a great deal to add with his observations of dangerous currents over many years. Steve was involved with the research on dangerous currents in northern Lake Michigan and hosted the research team led by Guy Meadows at the Dunes Resort. Anyone who knew Steve could feel the enthusiasm that he projected. He will be sorely missed.”
Mr. Hernek also conducted dye studies and documented the movement of dangerous currents during storm events that were conducive to rip current formation.
See the obituary for Mr. Hernek online at the Dodson Funeral Home website.