Department of the Interior
|Office of the Secretary||
Contact: Joan Moody
|For Immediate Release: April 26, 2005||
Secretary Norton Announces New Owners for More Lighthouses Under Popular Program
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton today announced her selection of candidates to receive ownership of four lighthouses under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act and announced that applications are being accepted for ownership of nine others.
The secretary's recommendations on the four lighthouses are forwarded to the administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, who will transfer ownership of the lighthouses from the U.S. Coast Guard to the new owners.
"Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, these lighthouses are going at no cost to selected private or public groups who have demonstrated their capability to care for these wonderful cultural icons," Norton said. "I am pleased to announce new stewards for these four lighthouses."
Secretary Norton and the National Park Service, in partnership with GSA and the Coast Guard, have made 50 lighthouses and stations available for transfer from the Coast Guard since 2001. With more than 200 additional lighthouses potentially available for transfer, more decisions are expected this year.
Secretary Gale Norton to date has recommended new owners for 18 of the 50 lighthouses, including the four announced today. The program has been immensely popular and featured in Parade Magazine. Recipients of lighthouses qualify for the program's requirements and ensure stewardship of the lighthouses for public parks and recreation and for cultural, educational and historic preservation purposes rather than for private use.
The four lighthouses announced today include those listed below. They join previously transferred historic structures along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the Great Lakes. (For more information, see http://www.cr.nps.gov/maritime/nhlpa/nhlpa.htm.) :
* Bakers Island Light Station
to the Essex National Heritage Commission located in Salem, Mass.
The secretary will be considering applications for new ownership of nine lighthouses in the coming months. For more information about these lighthouses, application deadlines, your group's eligibility and other information, go to http://www.cr.nps.gov/maritime/nhlpa/noas2005.htm.
Chicago Harbor Lighthouse,
The secretary of the Interior recommends a single, suitable applicant to GSA or indicates that no suitable applicant was found. She announces that she has set in motion the transfer to the applicant.
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