Lack Of Funding Stalls Bodie Island Lighthouse Restoration

Restoration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse is ending for the year because of a lack of funding.

Superintendent Mike Murray says the contractor will begin demobilization of the interior and exterior scaffolding this week and it must be completed by April 7, 2011.

The National Park Service has placed the project in its fiscal year 2012 line item construction funding request.

Work on the famed lighthouse on the Outer Banks will resume when funding is appropriated.


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  • by Virginia Location: Sanford, N. C. on Apr 7, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    Hopefully this grand structure will be restored to its full glory. Maybe we could ask all the school children of N. C. to donate their change for this project. Remember when the school children gave their change to save the USS North Carolina?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Seems like to me they could find the money somewhere because I personally know where they are going to pave a private road where only about 5 families live on
  • by to Mel on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Did it cost what was proposed? Should they have found out that it needed the extra repairs beforehand? If yes to any of the above =overbudget. You just gave the most politically BS answer-the same level of thinking that has teh country in ruins.
  • by Mel Location: Denver on Mar 8, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    What this story does not say is the project did not run over budget as some of you seem to think, but rather additional damages was found during the current restoration work. This light is an important part of US maritime history, and is currently held by the Park Service. By not allowing the transfer of funds that were not used elsewhere, the remaining work will cost more because all the scaffolding will have to be rebuilt and further damage will occur to the areas that need the additional funds to restore. This includes the stairs. The tower will end up being closed for climbing, which is a big tourist draw to lighthouses.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    This should have been funded privately. Why do the taxpayer have to shell out all this money for restorations that run over budget and create little to no revenue in return. History is nice, but take some photos and let it go.
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    Ditto letting the Plovers pay for the repairs. By not continuing funding, it will cost more to complete the job. If our government quit giving money away to people who don't appreciate our assistance, we'd have plenty of funding to restore important historic sites like Bodie Island light.
  • by Ralph Location: Somewhere on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Maybe the plovers can pay for it.
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