Radio Tower Near The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Has Raised Concerns Among Some

A proposed radio tower that would go up in the shadow of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has raised concerns among historic preservationists, who feel it would be a blight on the view around the landmark.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that the U.S. Coast Guard wants to build the 525-foot tower, which would be part of an upgrade of its search-and-rescue communications system.

Such a system, considered a marine version of 911, is already in place in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore in Virginia, and in North Carolina.

Renee Gledhill-Earley of the State Historic Preservation Office said photographic simulations with the draft environmental assessment don't support the Coast Guard's argument that the tower won't be visually obtrusive.

She said the tower should be built elsewhere.


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  • by Richard Location: Edenton on Sep 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    Build it. We need it. Its that simple.
  • by Tony Location: Down East on Sep 7, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    I recently attended a Coast Guard ceremony at Fort Macon where the "Rescue 21" technology was demonstrated by example, with a vessel within the past week (at that time) that was 7 miles from where they seemed to indicate verbally. The new system this tower enables pinpointed the actual location of the Marine VHF transmission sending help to the right place. If I am in trouble when boating in the Pamlico Sound or Atlantic Ocean, you best believe I want the USCG to have that tool available and at its best.
  • by Richard Marlin Location: United States on Sep 7, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    The proposed tower will be located in the same place as the current tower. (read: no NEW eye sore) it will be taller, probably gray not white and red. Will have white strobe light on top in daytime if not painted white / red. This tower IS NEEDED as part of the guards upgrades. The tower and ones very close to it DO have historic past in our radio and location services. (see Fessenden and also US Telegraph service) The naysayers must not be noticing the other four towers within 1/2 mile of the lighthouse. The naysayers are not lost at sea and hoping their faint signal will be heard by the Coast Guard search and rescue units. There is no "other" location or towers for this equipment. The US Navy has a tower near the Bodie Island lighthouse and some people wanted it removed some years back. which would have comprimised the training of our fighter pilots but hey, who cares right ? after all you can SEE it from the lighthouse......
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Sep 6, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    "SOS" doesn't have meanings in theology or ecology, it's just easy to tap out in Morse code. That is all it means. ". . . - - - . . ." is what it means. Real easy to remember, real easy to recognize. I always thought it meant "Save Our Ship" or something until I looked it up a while back.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Sep 6, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    Christ people. Let them build the tower that helps them save souls. This is public land that the coast guard needs. Obviously it is strategically important in terms of coverage to have it right there! We all paid to have the lighthouse moved and frankly with the gift shop and other non-historic amenities it looks like $hi% anyway. Give me a break.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Sep 6, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    There is already a tall metal tower not too far from the lighthouse now.I saw it a couple of months ago while I was there. Why can't this one be built next to it, and not right side of the lighthouse. I don't see where a couple of miles would make a lot of difference if you have a tower that is that tall.But maybe there's something that we don't know.
  • by Stewart(ex-coastie) Location: allen williams on Sep 6, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    My family owns 5 1/2 acres in Buxton and I will donate the lot if the Coast Guard needs it to build their tower!You can Call me anytime Adm.Allen.
  • by Stewart(ex-coastie) Location: allen williams on Sep 6, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    GO TEAM COAST GUARD!I truly can not believe that anyone would have an objection to improving Search and Rescue.What is this another, egg sucking,lie in the grass bleeding heart ECO Green liberal group that is worried about a pretty picture.SOS stans for "Save Our Souls" not Save Our Scenery.Get a life.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Sep 6, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    I would bet good money that if Renee Gledhill-Earley were in some kind of crisis on the sea, e.g. stranded in freezing waters, she her family would regret a longer response time which could mean the difference between life and death. What is more important, the aesthetic value of a thing or its ability to save lives? Or perhaps the Outer Banks residents and visitors would be willing to broadly forgive delays in response times to emergency calls? Because you always hear "couldn't they have done more". Well, this is "them" trying to "do more".
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