Light Hearted

Light Hearted Special Emergency Edition – Saving East Brother Light Station, CA

The light station on East Brother Island in Richmond, California, was established in 1874 . After nearly a century as a staffed light station, East Brother was automated and destaffed in the summer of 1969. The building deteriorated for a decade until the Coast Guard granted a license for restoration to a new nonprofit organization, East Brother Light Station, Inc.

The property was restored and eventually the doors were opened for overnight guests.  The COVID-19 pandemic forced the bed and breakfast operation to close down at the end of last June. The resident caretakers left and board member Desiree Heveroh moved in as the resident keeper.

East Brother Light Station (U.S. Lighthouse Society photo)

In early April, a 30-year-old, 2000-foot-long underwater power cable, installed and owned by the Coast Guard, failed. A permanent fix to the cable will be very expensive. Funds are desperately needed so the light station won’t fall into disrepair, and so it can reopen for overnight stays.

Desiree Heveroh (Courtesy East Brother Light Station)

Host Jeremy D’Entremont and co-host Cindy Johnson recently interviewed Desiree Heveroh about the current situation.

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