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John Daly

John L. Daly, J.D., LIC
President & CEO
Benefit Plan Strategies LLC
PO Box 687
Grosse Ile, MI  48138-0687


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On the beautiful island community of Grosse Ile.   

Grosse Ile Township is an island community located in Wayne County in Southeastern Michigan. The island is situated in the Detroit River, approximately 20 minutes driving distance south of Detroit, and overlooks the Canadian shoreline.  For those who enjoy golf and/or boating, Grosse Ile is well worth the drive.  

The island boasts plenty of shoreline and several marinas, and is home to the well known Grosse Ile Golf & Country club -- a Donald Ross course designed in 1919. The course has been challenging members and their guests with trademark undulating greens since 1920.  See:

Grosse Ile is the largest island in the Detroit River and is the second most populated island in the state of Michigan, after Copper Island.  The township is situated on several islands in the Detroit River, but the largest island is also referred to as simply Grosse Ile.  It is on the American side of the river and is part of Wayne County.[2] The name comes from the French Grosse Île, meaning "Big Island".  The island is approximately 9.6 mi² (24.9 km²) and has a population of 10,894.[1] The island is commonly believed to be conterminous with the overall Grosse Ile Township, but in actuality, the township consists of over a dozen islands— many of which are very small and uninhabited. To clarify this confusion, local residents refer to the island of Grosse Ile as the Big IslandMain Island, or simply The Island to distinguish it from the township as a whole. A large number of islands in the Detroit River are closely connected to Grosse Ile.[3][4]

The name comes from the French translation for Large Island. The island was first given to the early French explorers by the Potawatomi in 1776. The Potawatomi referred to the island asKitcheminishen. Brothers William and Alexander Macomb were the first European owners of the island.[3] The island was first surveyed in 1819 and was incorporated into Monguagon Township in 1829. The island remained sparsely populated as an independent community but did not receive autonomy until the formation of Grosse Ile Township on October 27, 1914.[5]Today, Grosse Ile is considered a Downriver community as part of Metro Detroit, although the island is markedly different from the surrounding communities.

The island is bordered on the west by the Trenton Channel and is connected to mainland Michigan by the Wayne County Bridge in the middle of the island and the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge on the northern end. The island itself is divided by two canals. The Thorofare Canal cuts diagonally across the middle of the island.[4] Another unnamed and unnavigable canal cuts through the northern portion of the island. The area north of this canal to the northern point of the island, known as Hennepin Point (after Louis Hennepin), is undeveloped and houses a historic lighthouse.[6] The Grosse Ile Municipal Airport occupies the southernmost area of Grosse Ile. Grosse Ile is also the center of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.