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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:51 pm


Received this in an email OBLHS. There was a question about the LSS and where they were going to be moved.

Good news to report ----- the emergency repairs to Bodie Island
Lighthouse Tower began last week! The estimated time for the work to be done
is 3 weeks. The base of the tower will be reopened to the public this spring
and it is our hope to have a small celebration at that time (TBA)

In a press release from Cape Hatteras National Seashore the public is
invited to express opinions on the relocation of the Bodie Island Coast
Guard and Life-Saving Station. The Park is examining 3 areas for the
relocation:

1.) On Hwy 12 at the entrance of the Bodie Island Lighthouse
2.) On the sound side of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Grounds
3.) Whalebone Junction (where Hwys. 12 and 158 intersect)


Please feel free to call me (919) 787-6378 or write to me at
bett@outerbankslighthousesociety.org for further information or if you have
questions.

Sincerely,
Bett Padgett

***********************************************************

RELOCATION OF HISTORIC BODIE ISLAND STRUCTURES

Date: January 11, 2007
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the National Park Service (NPS)
will host a public scoping meeting on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at the
Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina from
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to share information and seek public comments on the
relocation of the Bodie Island Coast Guard and Lifesaving Stations. The
Coast Guard Station is the abandoned historic structure located near MP 22.
The adjacent Lifesaving Station is currently used as ranger offices by NPS
staff. This scoping meeting is part of the process to prepare an
Environmental Assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy
Act of 1969.

During the public scoping period, which is not restricted to this meeting,
all interested persons will be given the opportunity to review and provide
comments on the proposed relocation to a new site within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The structures are currently in danger of destruction by
the ocean. Relocation will ensure the preservation of these historic
structures. Following relocation, the structures will be stabilized and
restored.

The Park has established a website for the purpose of providing information
regarding the proposed relocation project which will also provide the
opportunity to submit written comments regarding the proposal. Beginning
Wednesday, January 15, 2007 and ending Thursday, February 15, 2007, comments
can be submitted without attending the public meeting by visiting the Park's
PEPC website for current information on this subject and submit written
comments. The PEPC website address is:

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/

Choose "Cape Hatteras National Seashore", click on "Bodie Island Coast
Guard Station and Lifesaving Station Relocation" or you can address letters
to: Superintendent, Outer Banks Group, 1401 National Park Dr., Manteo, NC 27954. To ensure that the comments are included in the process, they should
be entered or postmarked by February 15, 2007.


I would be interested to hear what people here though, especially from those who have been there and can visualize the possible locations.
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Postby Rob143 » Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:36 pm


The Park is examining 3 areas for the
relocation:

1.) On Hwy 12 at the entrance of the Bodie Island Lighthouse
2.) On the sound side of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Grounds
3.) Whalebone Junction (where Hwys. 12 and 158 intersect)


My personal thoughts are that they should go with #1 on that list. The entrance to the LH grounds out at 12 seems the most practical and realistic.

I personally think moving it to the sound side of the grounds is the worst choice of the 3. That places it in an area where it realistically would have never been placed when it was in use, and it would forever falsely visually impact the LH grounds.

I'm not sure I really like the intersection of 12 & 158 at the entrance to the CHNS, but I could live with it before the sound side suggestion.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:24 pm


I agree, Robin. I already made my comments in support of the move! :D
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:07 am


Believe those who search for the truth ...
Doubt those who find it ...
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Postby vacastle » Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:42 am


Good article, and with a couple of pictures.

My hope is that the buildings are relocated to within the Bodie Island complex, in view of the lighthouse. You would go off of Rt. 12 through the entrance towards the lighthouse. Then these buildings could become part of a really good historical experience for the visitor.

There has been lots of talk in the most recent years of doing this, and making the current keeper's quarters a furnished keeper's quarters (this is a duplex- keeper & family on one side and assistant keeper & family on the other) and moving the store, office and museum to within part of the LSS buildings.

Then, the major portion of the LSS's would be used towards LSS history.

I'm not sure, but I think that's what the NPS means by the soundside option. I'm trying to get this clarified.

The last place they should move these buildings is to the Whalebone Junction...a site of heavy traffic being directed in several directions with a history of many serious accidents, including fatalities.

Option #1 would also be a traffic problem if fronting on two-lane Rt. 12.

Option #2- Soundside is my choice!

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:45 am


Thanks for the article!
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Postby Rob143 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:57 pm


vacastle wrote:
Option #1 would also be a traffic problem if fronting on two-lane Rt. 12.

Option #2- Soundside is my choice!

Judy


I will agree that fronting on 12 would be a bad move. My personal preference would be out right off of 12, but fronting off the access road. I don't personally want it further back that road in sight of the light.
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Postby vacastle » Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:27 am


Reported by the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society...

The comment period is over and the final decision will be made ~ May 1st.

The National Park (Cape Hatteras) is fairly certain that the final
assessment will be for the Bodie Island Coast Guard Station and Life-Saving Stations to be relocated to the entrance of the lighthouse on Highway 12. They are surveying now and will begin the move this spring. The plans call for one of the buildings to be used as an interpretive center for all three structures (Coast Guard, Life-Saving Station and lighthouse).


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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:43 am


Awesome!
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Postby Rob143 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:19 am


Sounds good to me.
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