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Postby Grover1 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:26 pm


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Postby NoahG » Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:40 pm


I knew this was coming. And here it is.

Again. The city has money in hand. We have our grants. We have our contractors. We are ready to work. But transfer has not taken place, and until then, the city is unwilling to put money into a structure that is not technically theirs.

Meanwhile, the light sits. The CG won't put money in, what little they have, the GSA wouldn't put money in if you asked, and any other work we might want to do has to go through several layers of approval.

There seems to be no reason for the delay. The CG seems fine with the turn over. It's the EPA, who has done test after test, and still no final word, and whoever else, that keeps holding us back.

It seems that transfer is indeed very close. But it's been moving at a snails pace. I know the process is slow, and patience is important, but it's been four years since this light came up for transfer. Meanwhile, it's fellow 2004 michigan lights, Harbor Beach and Detour Reef have transfered. To that we have also seen 2005 lights at Charlevoix, Holland and Ludington transferred.

And through it all, the worst part has not been watching the light deteriorate as the transfer sits, its been watching the spirit and hope of Bob, a man to whom this light truly is his life, fade.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:46 pm


While everything you indicate about Fort Gratiot is undoubtedly correct, I believe you will find that Harbor Beach and Detour Reef have yet to transfer.

Unlike Charlevoix, Holland and Ludington which are situated on piers or breakwaters owned and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, Detour Reef and Harbor Beach are both located on detached cribs, and are therefore sitting on Michigan bottomlands.

Until the Coast Guard, the respective lighthouse stewards and the State of Michigan can come to an agreement relative to the bottomlands on which they are situated, there can be no effective transfer of such lights.
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Postby NoahG » Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:26 pm


Well then Terry I stand corrected. Have any options been discussed to help overcome this problem? What happens when such a light, such as the four caisson lights in Virginia, and therefore sitting on Virginian bottomlands, are sold at auction to private owners?

I do have some good news and an update on the situation. It seems the CG released this information without consulting museum staff, and, as usual, the media botched it's interpretation. The lighthouse is closed to climbing, however the attached service room and exhibits inside are still accessible. Currently the light is surrounded by an orange safety fence with a narrow path leading to the door.

Look for a feature article on the condition of the lighthouse and it's transfer status coming in the near future. Hopefully, if things go as hoped, *fingers crossed*, we might see the transfer come this fall.
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Postby Grover1 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:57 am


READ THIS STORY... From The Times Herald

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Postby NoahG » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:14 am


A good story on one truly amazing person.
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Postby ericlighthouse » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:35 pm


Keep up the good work Bob.
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Postby NoahG » Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:22 am


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Postby Grover1 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:35 am


From The Times Herald

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Postby Grover1 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:27 pm


From The Times Herald

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Postby Grover1 » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:50 pm


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Postby NoahG » Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:39 pm


I really thank you for posting these articles. The last one was especially informative.

Obviously the first priority is stabilization. That's what the initial $800,000 would go towards. Clearly this is job that simply cannot wait any longer. A restored and stabilized tower is the first step.

After that it will surely be a phased campaign to restore the complex, one building at a time.

There is an immense amount of Port Huron, Michigan, Great Lakes, and American history in that station. It's truly one of the most significant in the nation. The log book of visitors shows names from around the world. With a bit of effort it could be a true gem.


Yes, I am very fond of that station, very fond.
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:54 am


We haven't had this debate in the forums in many, many months ... from The Times Herald

George from Riley Township: "I've been reading the paper about the millions of dollars (that will be used) to restore the lighthouse and the old Coast Guard station. Then the next day, people jump up and down about the big grants going to the parks and rec. About 7% of the people are drawing unemployment and another great number have run out already. Food pantries and food kitchens don't have enough food. People are homeless. And they want to spend millions on a lighthouse and parks. Spend this money where it belongs. Some people think about parks and lighthouses more than they do about people's welfare. Keep it up -- you will get a rude awakening soon."
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Postby boats » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:23 am


Ya want to get the word out, take it to FOX News. give them the names of all the people sitting on this transfer of the lighthouse and all the facts. The GSA is a group of folks who or paid to work, having had to work in areas where I needed something from the GSA. "BUMS' all of them. But if you get a name and go outside with it, things change. They don't like bad news said about there Bum Group. "Boats".. :roll: .Ive done it..
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:49 am


From The Times Hetald

Chris from Port Huron: "I don't believe any city funds should be spent on the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. The restoration all should be done through donations and grants through the Port Huron Museum's fund. The city of Port Huron is cutting its budget. We had to eliminate all the lifeguards at city beaches. If the city is going to fund the lighthouse, it should bring the lifeguards back."
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