A man plans to turn an abandoned light tower off the North Carolina coast into a high-seas bed-and-breakfast.
The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that 50-year-old Richard Neal of Mint Hill bought the Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower in a federal government auction in May for $85,000. The deal was completed Wednesday.
Neal plans to turn the 44-year-old former U.S. Coast Guard post into a bed-and-breakfast. The tower is 25 miles from Wilmington and is more than 60 feet above the water. It has seven bedrooms, a kitchen, a recreation room and helicopter landing platform. The tower was built in 1966 and was deactivated in 2003.
Neal wants to open next summer.
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