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Raising Awareness and Support for Erosion and Historic Preservation Solutions at Cape Lookout.
We are committed to saving the communities and historical landmarks that Cape Lookout is home to. Learn about worsening erosion and our coming solutions.
THE CURRENT THREATS TO OUR BELOVED HISTORIC LANDMARK
What is Happening at
Water Is Coming Dangerously Close To The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage
In 2006, 75,000 cubic yards of sand was brought in to replenish approaching erosion danger when high water was 75 feet from the Keeper’s Cottage. Now, high water is less than 15 feet away from the cottage. We are one storm away from this landmark being severely damaged or washed away.
The Lighthouse is Deteriorating and is in Need of Major Repairs
The lighthouse has been closed to the public since 2018 due to its deteriorating condition. From major degradation and rusting of the cast iron at the top of the lighthouse, to having to completely strip and repaint the entire tower, the lighthouse is in need of major repairs, soon. The estimated cost for the needed repairs to the lighthouse is now over $16,000,000 compared to the 2018 estimate of $8,000,000.
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Executive Director of the Crystal Coast Tourism Bureau
Solutions are coming.
Federal and State leaders have plans to provide great solutions to the problems Cape Lookout is facing but they do not plan for them to be completed until the summer of 2025. We must urge them to expedite these solutions as 2025 may be too late.
On September 1st, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will begin renourishing the Cape Lookout beach starting in November 2024. They plan to utilize 35,000 cubic yards of sand from the dredging of Barden’s Inlet in front of the lighthouse!
Full Lighthouse Restoration
An estimated cost of $16,000,000 in repairs is needed to restore the lighthouse. These repairs include repainting the entire tower and replacing the rusted stairwell.