Lighthouse News of the Week – February 21, 2020

Point Betsie Lighthouse (MI) threatened by high water

Point Betsie Lighthouse, Michigan. U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by J. Candace Clifford.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron broke 33-year-old records for high water levels last month, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Several factors are contributing to the high lake levels, including heavy rainfall totals and warmer than normal temperatures that have led to greater runoff across much of the Great Lakes basin.

Strong storms and large waves have led to substantial erosion along much of the Great Lakes coastline. Point Betsie Lighthouse is located on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan, north of Frankfort. The record high water is breaking down the barrier that protects the lighthouse.

President of the Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse Dick Taylor says the group is currently looking to do an engineering study of the cracked barrier at the lighthouse. The barrier was installed in 1944. Once that’s done, the group will seek out bids and begin applying for permits. They’re hoping to start construction in the summer. It could cost $1 million.

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Little Sable Lighthouse (MI) is NOT endangered by rising lake levels

Rumors that Little Sable Lighthouse is leaning and in imminent danger of falling into Lake Michigan are false, says Peter Manting, Executive Director of the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. “We found that the lighthouse was in good condition.” Manting told FOX17 News. “The shoreline was about 12 feet from the lighthouse. There is still adequate beach in front of it.”

Little Sable Point Lighthouse – U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Jack Graham

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Sable Points Light Keepers Association

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Genoese Lighthouse in Constanţa, Romania, relighted after 107 years in darkness

The Genoese Lighthouse in Constanţa, a landmark of the Romanian seaside city, was lit up again this week after a 107-year hiatus. The current Genoese Lighthouse was built between 1858 and 1860; it replaced an older lighthouse that was believed to have been built around 1300 by the Genoese who traded at the port.

The Genoese Lighthouse in Constanţa, Romania; in the background, the headquarters of the Romanian Navy and its modern radio tower. Photo by Alexandru Pănoiu from Bucharest, Romania; Creative Commons license.

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Soon-to-be owners trying again to turn Penfield Reef Lighthouse (CT) into a columbarium

Last year, America’s Castles LLC had hopes that a bill would allow Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield, Connecticut, to be used as a columbarium — a place to store funerary urns. The bill was approved in the state’s House last year 118-26 and was on the Senate calendar but never came up for a vote. It appears that the bill will be re-introduced for this legislative season.

Penfield Reef Lighthouse, Connecticut. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.

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Love shines bright during Valentine’s Day ceremony at Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, NJ

The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City hosted its annual Evening of Romance & Renewal on Friday for 14 couples who took part in a Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal ceremony in the Keeper’s Cottage. It was an emotional night for the couples — some married only a few years while others for more than thirty — as tears were shed during the short ceremony.

Absecon Light Station, U.S. Lighthouse Society photo by Ralph Eshelman

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