Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week June 9, 2023

Old Saybrook’s Lynde Point (CT) Lighthouse offered free to nonprofit group that can maintain it

OLD SAYBROOK — The iconic Lynde Point Lighthouse is up for grabs for free to a qualifying government agency, municipality or nonprofit group that shows they can maintain it and open it to the public.  

Lynde Point, CT Robert Bachand

Three groups in town have submitted a “letter of interest” in the lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The deadline is July 14 to send the send the letter.

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‘Very very strong interest:’ Groups competing to take custody of Warwick Neck (RI) lighthouse

WARWICK — Sailboats and jet skis cut through the surf in front of the Warwick Neck Lighthouse as every 15 seconds the green light warns of the threat of rocks in Narragansett Bay. The air is scented with just a hint of salt, and waves can be heard lapping at the rocks below.

Warwick Neck, RI – David Zapatka

Inside the former’s keeper’s house, the musty smell of a family of foxes permeates the air. Built in 1889, the former keeper’s quarters now appears more like a hodgepodge of different eras: a modern gas stove and dishwasher, new counters, old windows and plaster peeling off a few walls.

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Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead (OH) Lighthouse for sale with $25,000 starting bid

Cleveland, Ohio (WOIO) – Have you ever dreamed of owning a historic home where you can get a view of the coast and the city skyline?

Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead, OH – USLHS archives

You can make those dreams come true for as low as $25,000… as long as you have a boat, are willing to take on a fixer-upper, and want to live in a lighthouse.

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Looking to buy a lighthouse? There are some for sale in Connecticut

The U.S. government is offering up an island getaway of sorts a mile off the Connecticut coast for a fraction of what others cost — but with any new owner wanting to stay ashore under certain conditions, given the active lighthouse foghorn that comes in the package.

Penfield Reef, CT – Mike & Carol McKinney

The U.S. General Services Administration is again dangling Penfield Reef Lighthouse, GSA’s latest attempt to dump the landmark off Shoal Point in Fairfield that dates back to the Ulysses S. Grant administration.

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Sanibel’s (FL) Lighthouse Beach Park is reopening

Plans to reopen Lighthouse Beach Park were announced today during a ribbon cutting that also celebrated the reopening of the visitor’s center.

Sanibel ISland, FL – David Zapatka

“These are symbols of Sanibel’s resilience,” said Richard Johnson, Sanibel’s mayor, who surprised the crowd with the announcement. He said Lighthouse Beach will be back open on June 16.

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Tours available at historic Muskegon (MI) lighthouse

Muskegon, Mich. (WOOD) – Muskegon’s South Pierhead Lighthouse, which dates back to 1903, will offer tours to the public this summer.

Muskegon Pier, MI – USLHS archives

Tours will include a history of the lighthouse, a presentation of lighthouse artifacts and the chance to climb the steps to the working lantern room and look out at the harbor. They are run by the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy, a nonprofit.

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Bridge construction dims Jupiter Inlet (FL) Lighthouse temporarily

The replacement of the U.S. Highway 1 Bridge in Jupiter has caused traffic congestion and added delays for commuters.

But traffic is not the only frustration, protecting the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse’s rare, irreplicable lenses is of high concern.

Jupiter Inlet, FL – Ralph Krugler

The operators of the lighthouse have taken precautionary measures to protect the glass prisms with foam during construction. Vibrations caused by pile driving could cause irrevocable damage.

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Get an up-close look at history during Door County (WI) Spring Lighthouse Festival

(WLUK) — Some of Door County’s richest history sits along the water. 

This weekend lighthouses are being celebrated during Door County’s Spring Lighthouse Festival June 9 – 11.

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Willowick library series looks at Fairport (OH) Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse

Willowick Public Library continues its Gems and Jewels yearlong series exploring local areas of interest throughout Northeast Ohio.

Fairport Harbor, OH -Mike & Carol McKinney

This month features the Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse at 6:30 p.m. June 21, according to a news release.

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How to catch a bus to one of Northern Michigan’s busiest lighthouses

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP, MI – Most days, lighthouse enthusiasts must take a hike to see this popular Lake Michigan lighthouse, but there will be six days this summer when you can catch a bus instead.

Big Sable, MI – David Zapatka

The series of busing days to Big Sable Point Lighthouse begins this weekend at Ludington State Park. Provided by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association, one-way and round trips will be available from noon to 5 p.m. on bus days. Here’s the schedule:

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