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Postby Grover1 » Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:05 am

From The Suffolk Times

Keepers of Latimer Reef light?

Representatives of East End Lighthouses asked the Town Board to assume ownership of Latimer Reef lighthouse, located north of Fishers Island in the Fishers Island Sound, within the Town of Southold, though it can only be seen from Connecticut. The red and white cast-iron tower was built in 1884 and named after a spy in the American Revolution. East End Lighthouses president Mark Gebhardt and board member Peter Young appeared before the Town Board last week, seeking the board's cooperation to enter into a stewardship agreement with the organization, which would be fully responsible for all fundraising endeavors associated with the lighthouse.

"It's in remarkably good shape," public works director Jim McMahon said of the Latimer Reef lighthouse. It is one of eight in Southold, which has more lighthouses than any town in the country, according to East End Lighthouses' Web site. The organization works to make sure the lighthouses are maintained and open to the public for educational purposes.

Mr. Young said the Coast Guard no longer has resources to take care of historic lighthouses and is looking to public bodies like Southold Town and nonprofit groups like East End Lighthouses to take over. With potential partnerships with Mystic Seaport and Cross Sound Ferry, Mr. Young assured the board that there would be no cost to the town for the upkeep.

"We're very happy to move forward with this," Mr. Russell said.

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