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New Life for Lighthouse

Posted on 27 June 2014

A new agreement between Suffolk County and a nonprofit organization that wants to restore the Cedar Point Lighthouse would allow for the 175-year-old landmark to be converted into a two-room bed and breakfast. All revenue from the B&B would be used to help defray the cost of maintaining the building. Living quarters for the lighthouse keeper would also be provided.

The lighthouse, on a spit of land off the Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton has been deteriorating for years. County Legislator Jay Schneiderman sponsored the measure that will extend the licensing agreement between the county and Lighthouse Inc., until the end of 2029.

Lighthouse Inc. will be charged with maintaining and assisting in the preservation of the building.

“This agreement is the best way to protect and preserve this historic structure,” said Mr. Schneiderman in a release. He thanks Michael Leahy, the president of Lighthouse Inc. “for his willingness to take on this monumental task of raising funds to restore this building to its formal grandeur and to open it to the public.”

 

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