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Postby island » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:40 pm

The GSA is now seeking to dispose of Boon Island lighthouse. Although the ALF has held a license for this property since May 2000 they are finally now seeking local partners or chapters (?) to help maintain this property before possibly applying for ownership, pending approval of the ALF Board.

The 133-ft tower was constructed in 1855 and the light automated in 1978 immediately following major damage to the dwellings and other structures from a storm. The island is over six miles off shore. It is very low and frequently over-washed during storms. Landing by boat is not possible except during periods of calm seas. During a 2006 inspection it was noted the cast iron stars were severely corroded and it would eventually be unsafe to access the lantern to maintain the light.

The million dollar question is, "What the heck would a group do with this place if they owned it?" (ALF would love to claim it on their list of lights, but only if others pay to maintain it.)


more photos--- http://marinas.com/view/lighthouse/80_Boon_Island_Lighthouse_ME_United_States
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Postby island » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:58 pm

Three nonprofit organizations have expressed interest.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:59 pm

What ever became of the "Republic Of Boon Island" ALF hoopla from a few years back ?
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Postby island » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:55 am

The Regent of the Republic has relinquished his position and is in semi-retirement at Little River Lighthouse although still publishing Lighthouse Digest. The Republic had problems with increased debt and with spending in excess of revenue. The value of its currency diminished to 2 cents of a U.S. dollar. Their application to join the EU was denied. And Boon Island was not adaquately attractive as a tourist destinstion without considerable investment.
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