Who Wants Lattimer Reef Light?

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Postby Grover » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:38 am

From The Suffolk Times

Who Wants a Lighthouse?

The federal General Services Administration is looking to divest itself of the Latimer Reef lighthouse in Fishers Island Sound, about a mile north of the island, and the East End Lighthouses group thinks the town should seek title and have that group operate it.

But the Town Board isn't so sure.

Mr. Russell said the town had always maintained an "arm's length" relationship with the group, so Southold does not own any of the eight lighthouses along Southold's shores. Mr. Talbot raised concerns about the town's liability should a volunteer or someone else suffer an injury.

Group vice president Peter Young said the Greenport-based organization is willing to seek ownership, but that it would be in a stronger position with the GSA by having the town as a formal partner. He added that he knows the town does not have the funds to restore and maintain historic lighthouses. "We're happy to do it," he said.

"As long as it's preserved and protected, I don't care who owns it," the supervisor said.

The Latimer Reef light was erected in 1884. It stands about four miles southeast of Mystic, Conn. It is a cast-iron "coffeepot" design similar to the Orient Point light and was automated in 1974.

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