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Plum Island Asking For $1.5 Million to Repair Lighthouse

Director of operations says historic structure ‘needs some attention.'

Plum Island Asking For $1.5 Million to Repair Lighthouse

Plum Island Lighthouse might come to life again if animal disease center officials get the $1.5 million in federal funds they are seeking for lighthouse repairs.

Newsday reported this week that the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center is asking for the funding to restore the exterior of the historic structure, built in 1869 and shut down in 1978, and to remove toxic materials from the building.

Plum Island’s director of operations Doug Ports said that the goal is to have the lighthouse open for public tours again. The research center, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is in agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to handle the contract for the work needed to be done, according to the report.

Read the full report from Newsday here.

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