Preservation crews have been at work over the past several weeks, sandblasting and removing lead-based paint from the inner lighthouse. The work is in preparation of repainting the structures.
City officials and the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy, the local group working to preserve the iconic structures, had hoped to have a new coat of red paint on the inner light, with all of the scaffold removed, in time for this week's Coast Guard Festival.
“Due to some condition issues that were discovered during the paint removal process, painting of the inner lighthouse has been delayed,” said Marci Cisneros, vice president of the conservancy.
The cost of the work is about $250,000. No tax dollars are being used for the restoration effort; the funds were raised by the conservancy.
“Repairs will be made and the paint removal on the inside will proceed, as will the painting of the exterior and interior,” Cisneros said. “For being over 100 years old, the lighthouse is actually in pretty good condition. Once the engineers finish making the needed repairs, painting will resume.”
Cisneros is still waiting to hear what the new timeline is for getting the inner light repainted. Once the timeline is figured out, work will wrap up on the inner light and crews can proceed to start on the entrance light at the end of the south pier.
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