Lighthouse preservation on schedule

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:47 PM

But, for the second summer in a row, the view of the blazing red beacons perched on the pier is anything but normal. That’s because work is underway on the city and Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy’s preservation project.

Instead of painting the building like the inner lighthouse, workers are putting a new skin on the building.

“They’re very busy working on the entrance lighthouse,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “They’re putting a new steel wrap on it, and wrapping it up before Coast Guard Festival.”

Last summer’s project brought improvements to the inner lighthouse. It included a new coat of bright red paint and some internal structural improvements.

The preservation project began after the city took ownership of the lights in 2010.

On June 25, 2009, the U.S. General Services Administration sent out notification that — through the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act — the lights would be available. They had been determined to be excess to the needs of the U.S. Coast Guard, which had been long-standing owners and keepers of many U.S. lighthouses.

Money for the preservation work comes from the local conservancy’s fundraising.

“We’re looking at doing an Aug. 7 rededication — that’s the National Lighthouse Day,” McGinnis said.

According to McGinnis, they’ll wrap up the project’s first phase and kick off phase II of the fundraising campaign for additional work at the lighthouses during the rededication.

“There’s still lots of enthusiasm for these things,” the city manager said.

Read the complete story in Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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