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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 11:37 am


Thought this of interest ... passing it along

http://www.miningjournal.net/news/story ... -n0108.asp

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Postby plebetkin » Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:14 am

reading the post and article gives rise to a question: when a private citizen buys a lighthouse, if the lighthouse is let to go and is taken down, can that private owner build a house of her/his choice on the land? Is this a matter of local zoning?
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Postby island » Sun Jan 09, 2005 10:32 am

This would depend on what was permited by the sale agreement and the deed, or not permitted as the case may be. There was a real flap stirred up when the owner of the Cape Elizabeth keeper's house announced plans to make major changes. This property had long been in private ownership. When the dust settled he did make the changes he wanted. It was his property and there were no restrictions on his use of such in this fashion.

I note in the article that Barry posted it says the properties were sold or being purchased. I am not sure what is going on here.

There is a distinct difference between outright selling property and transfering property ownership within the guidelines of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. Under NHLPA individuals are not writing checks to the Coast Guard to purchase such properties. For one thing, the CG does not actually own lighthouse properties or any other real estate, rather, it is owned by the United States. The new owner of the historic property is obliged to meet the preservation and usage conditions of the transfer agreement.

In years past such properties were made available for private purchase, usually by bid procedures, by the General Services Administration, the federal agency that is responsible to "dispose of" surplus government properties. This has now changed due to the interest in preservation and by virtue of federal law supporting such, the NHLPA for example.
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