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Postby Grover » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:33 am


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From The Sun Herald
City Awaits Decision on Lighthouse Move

PASCAGOULA — There’s a good chance the city of Pascagoula will know today whether it will be allowed to use state money to move the Round Island Lighthouse permanently onto the mainland. City officials are asking that they be allowed to use a Mississippi Department of Archives and History grant to begin rebuilding the lighthouse at the foot of the U.S. 90 high-rise bridge, at the entrance to the city. If the MDAH Board of Trustees gives its approval, the city will be able to use a $250,000 Community Heritage grant it received in 2003 for restoration of the lighthouse to instead relocate the base of the structure to a circle of land along U.S. 90. The state money coupled with FEMA funds allotted to rebuild the base, toppled by Katrina, will almost pay for moving the base and beginning restoration.

The mayor, city program manager and city community development director will plead the city’s case before the board today.
They are asking for a change in scope of the original grant. The grant was to preserve a historic structure, and moving the lighthouse from Round Island could change its historic significance.

“They’re very concerned with keeping historic structures in their original location,” said Jaci Turner, program manager for Pascagoula. “But we’re faced with a situation that if we’re going to save it and restore it, we’re going to have to move it.”

State officials have pointed out that there are extenuating circumstances in the case of the Round Island Lighthouse.
It was first toppled by Hurricane Georges. Then after government agencies poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into fortifying the base in preparation for reconstructing it on Round Island, Katrina came along and destroyed it again.

“We felt it didn’t make sense to spend money on something that could be destroyed again,” Turner said.
By moving it to the U.S. 90 location, it would also become part of a walking historic pathway the city is putting together in the downtown area, and be only about 150 yards from the water of the Pascagoula River.

The total project cost to move the base is $615,000. With $340,000 in FEMA money matched with the state grant, the city would be only about $20,000 shy of the total.Liz Ford, a local historian, said this week she’s hoping the MDAH will approve the change and allow the lighthouse to be moved to safer ground, out of reach of wave action.

“At first I was opposed to it,” Ford said. “Now I’m in favor of it. It’s either put it here or not have it at all.”
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Postby Grover » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:22 am


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A little more ... from The Sun Herald

Round Island Lighthouse Coming Ashore
Historical Structure will be Placed at Pascagoula’s Entrance


The entrance to Pascagoula is about to undergo a transformation with the addition of a four-story lighthouse.

Within months, city officials plan to have the base of the Round Island Lighthouse located firmly in the right-of-way of U.S. 90 at the foot of the high-rise bridge. They hope it will stand as a beacon to the new walking historic pathway the city is putting together downtown. The lighthouse, when rebuilt, will greet drivers as they come over the high-rise and enter the city.

Pascagoula on Friday cleared a major hurdle when it received the state’s blessing in its efforts to relocate the Round Island Lighthouse from the island to the mainland. The Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History voted unanimously to support the effort, city officials said Friday. The vote also will allow Pascagoula to change the scope of a $250,000 grant the agency had given the city in 2003 to restore the lighthouse on the island. The city is now free to use the money to move the base to the U.S. 90 location. That money coupled with $346,000 in FEMA Katrina money designated for the lighthouse will almost cover the cost of the move.

The city plans to reconstruct the 150-year-old lighthouse with as many of the original pieces as possible in the loop of land that is on the south side of the bridge, at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Pascagoula Street. “We are excited,” said Jaci Turner, city program manager, on her way home from Jackson on Friday. “This is a massive step to take.” She said it was good to see MDAH supporting a project to save the lighthouse, which is one of only two in Mississippi, the other being the Biloxi Lighthouse.

The Pascagoula contingent that was scheduled to meet with MDAH trustees Friday included Turner, the mayor and the city community development director. Turner said that if all goes well with FEMA and the contractor, the base could be brought up the Pascagoula River and hauled to the site within a few months.

The total bid for that phase of the work is $615,000, which includes building a foundation for the base to sit on and sidewalk access. The city has already secured the state Department of Transportation’s approval to use the U.S. 90 right-of-way for the lighthouse.

The lighthouse was toppled into the Sound by Hurricane Georges in the late 1990s. Federal money was used to fortify the base on Round Island so it could be rebuilt, when Katrina came through and overturned the base within the fortifications.The pieces have been stored in a warehouse for most of the decade.

The lighthouse was built in 1859 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There has been concern that moving it ashore could jeopardize that status because its significance is as a lighthouse on an island. However, city officials have found precedence for moving historic lighthouses farther inland to protect them from erosion.City officials have said it makes no sense to rebuild it on the island just to have it destroyed again.

Turner said the city has two dump-truck loads of pieces from the lighthouse that they fished from the Mississippi Sound. The rebuilding will likely come in phases once the base is set, she said, and will require a lot of community support. She said the pieces have been moved into the city in preparation for the restoration work to come. She said with the right support the lighthouse could be rebuilt by the end of 2010.
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Postby Grover » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:23 am


Artist's rendition of finished project ... (Sun Herald)

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:59 am


This sounds great....Some forward thinking people down there, able to save what would have otherwise been a 'lost' lighthouse...... :D
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