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Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

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November 11, 2010

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Catherine Newland

THE STORY:

I became fascinated with lighthouses when I was very young since I lived a short drive away from one. I used to read about the little known brave feats of the lone lighthouse keepers in the book, The Guardian of the Lights, and absorbed every word of the stories of land pirates on lighthouse tours, which gave Fire Island it's name. This beacon of the ocean has captured the imaginations of many artists and writers and continues to survive the natural elements and general maintenance every year. I am a big fan of walking along the boardwalk to the lighthouse through the bird sanctuary and the various deer that seem to surround the area. It's one of those kinds of places that would be sorely missed if it was gone, so I thought I'd better support their efforts as a thank you to all the volunteers who keep the place running.

Here's some general information about the efforts of this society that I found on their homepage:

In 1982, the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed. They successfully raised over 1.3 million dollars for the restoration and preservation of the Fire Island Lighthouse. In 1984, the Fire Island Lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Lighthouse was restored to its 1939 condition, which is when electricity was first installed. On Memorial Day, May 28, 1986, the Fire Island Lighthouse was relit and reinstated as an official aid to navigation.

In December 1996 the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society (FILPS) through an agreement with the National Park Service took over the maintenance and operation of the Fire Island Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters'

Today the light is lit by two 1000-watt bulbs, which rotate in a counter-clockwise direction, giving the appearance of a flash every 7.5 seconds. The light is visible for approximately 21-24 miles.

In January 2006 FILPS took over the ownership and maintenance of the beacon from the United States Coast Guard. The beacon will continue to remain on all charts as a private aid to navigation.

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