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Postby Grover1 » Fri May 06, 2005 6:38 am


Excerpted from todays Mobile Register ....

The rush of "Sound Off" calls, letters, phone calls and public statements about the proposal to bring Mobile Middle Bay Lighthouse ashore has come about full circle.

The people of Alabama's love for their lighthouses and their interest in the future of those national landmarks have shown up again, as it always does when something about the lighthouse becomes new.

The real subject, of course, is not the lighthouse but the conceptual master plan for the public access park planned by the port authority as a part of its Choctaw project. We are years away from the final establishment of the park.

The suitability of Arlington Point for a possible future site for Middle Bay Lighthouse is obvious, and serious plans to move the lighthouse would greatly enhance the park plan.

There are some things about Middle Bay Lighthouse that everyone needs to know. The active work to renovate and preserve that lighthouse has been going on for 20 years. More than $500,000 has been spent on it.

My boat alone, Flagship, has made more than 100 trips out to the lighthouse carrying workers, supplies and tools. More than 2,500 volunteers have been out to work on the lighthouse from all sectors of the community. Many plans have had to be canceled because of weather. Many agencies and companies have contributed to this work.

The success of the Middle Bay Centennial Commission has led to the founding of the Alabama Lighthouse Association, which is growing every day and already a major factor in the preservation of Alabama lighthouses.

There is a great case, historically, for maintaining the lighthouse in its present location; but if we do, the 85 percent of Alabamians who have never seen the lighthouse will never see it.

The hundreds of thousands of tourists who would look at it will never see it. The park or any park will never enjoy the novelty of such an attraction, and maintenance of the lighthouse will continue to be very difficult and a major expense.

The case for bringing the lighthouse ashore has been made all over the United States with resounding successful moves of lighthouses. We know it can be done. The people who have opposed moving the lighthouse certainly have the right to do so, and their interest in the lighthouse is sincerely appreciated.

Middle Bay Lighthouse is very historic in this community and amazingly important to everybody. If you haven't given money or joined the association or been out to work on the lighthouse, then you have the opportunity to make your interest in the lighthouse felt, and you are cordially invited to sign in.

CAPT. HAL PIERCE

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Postby beachbum1616 » Fri May 06, 2005 3:19 pm


It will be interesting to see whether they decide to leave it in place or move it.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun Aug 28, 2005 5:50 pm


I'm sure the Mobile Bay LH will be facing it's toughest challenge
when "Kitrina" hits the area tomorrow morning.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:01 pm


I know that's right!
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