Money Coming To Reopen Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Nearly a half-million dollars in federal money will help reopen a national landmark here in Eastern Carolina.

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse will receive $487,000 so visitors can once again climb to its top.

The announcement was made this morning by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Standing 163 feet tall, Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one of the most recognized symbols of North Carolina as well as a national treasure, but a cloud has hung over the structure because it has not been open to the public for more than a year,” said Secretary Salazar.

The lighthouse was first lit on November 1, 1859, but it was closed in the spring of 2008 due to structural and safety problems. Repairs will include alterations to the cast-iron staircase, railings, landings and galleries.

It is hoped the lighthouse can reopen by the 2010 season.


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  • by Teresa Location: Ohio on Oct 16, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    They are helping mental health and kids by repairing this lighthouse. Families taking the time to go on vacation together to see things like this beautiful lighthouse, walk on the beaches, eat in the restaurants, stay in vacation homes or hotels along the Outer Banks are helping their own families. They're also helping the economy there and in every state in between. My husband and I just got back from a 6 day trip to Rodanthe. While we were there we visited Currituck, Bodie and Hatteras lighthouses, got fuel, spent money in gift shops, and created wonderful memories that built up our marriage while our trip helped your economy. That sounds like a win all around to me.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    Federal money or state money, it's still public funds. I pay taxes to both of them, and if either of them has money they don't need, I'd be happy to find a good use for it. Do you people really think that Federal money is free money?
  • by Concerned about people who don't read before putting their 2 cents in on Oct 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Does any one read articles anymore? It says FEDERAL money is being used for the restoration of the lighthouse which is on the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Thus meaning there is no involvement of State money in this project.
  • by rick Location: rocky mount on Oct 14, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    Doug, You are correct , this is not top on the list , i love our states history , and it should be keep up , but a line has to be made here , our kids should come first , where is all the tax money going ? stop the leak in our state boat !
  • by Hey Doug on Oct 14, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    Doug, this is FEDERAL money...not state funds. FYI.
  • by Doug Location: Hubert on Oct 14, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    At a time when state workers are taking pay cuts, the state is raising taxes, schools are struggling with their budgets, mental health services have been decimated, etc., etc. ... couldn't the lighthouse wait another year? I'm sure someone will benefit from it's reopening, and I suppose some contractor will make money doing the repairs, but I really have to wonder if this should be a high priority.
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