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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