Alaska lighthouses could benefit from preservation bill

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten Alaska lighthouses could benefit from a preservation bill signed this week by President Clinton.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, sets up a process to preserve historic lighthouses that the federal government no longer needs.

Under the bill, non-profit groups could take over the lighthouses at no cost to ensure their maintenance and preservation. The measure also calls for the lighthouses to revert back to the federal government if local preservation efforts fail.

If no one steps forward to help preserve a lighthouse, the federal government would allow it to be sold.

Among the Alaska lighthouses that could benefit from the legislation are:

--Cape Decision lighthouse at the southern tip of Kuiu Island in Southeast,

--Cape Hinchinbrook lighthouse in Prince William Sound,

--Point Retreat lighthouse on Admiralty Island,

--Cape Saint Elias lighthouse on Kayak Island in Prince William Sound,

--Eldred Rock lighthouse in Lynn Canal near Haines,

--Five Finger Islands lighthouse on Admiralty Island,

--Mary Island lighthouse southeast of Ketchikan,

--Sentinel Island lighthouse north of Juneau,

--Tree Point lighthouse south of Ketchikan,

--Guard Islands lighthouse just north of Ketchikan

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