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Contact: Elizabeth Rogers, 631-687-4766
Contact: Dennis Mott, 631-687-4763
Patchogue, NY – The National Park Service announced today that the $1.2 million project to rehabilitate the southwest corner of the Fire Island Lighthouse terrace, undermined during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, has been completed.
"About 4,000 bricks were removed from the southwest corner of the exterior terrace wall," said Fire Island National Seashore Facility Operations Specialist Dennis Mott, "which allowed us to strengthen the substructure that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy."
Ocean Construction LLC completed the project, which included bolstering the terrace substructure, repairing sections of the exterior brick wall, and resetting the historic Connecticut Bluestone terrace pavers to provide a safer entranceway and improved drainage.
The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society provided an additional $17,475 to restore the paver stones on the front porch of the Keepers Quarters.
The Fire Island Lighthouse area offers exhibits, a nature trail, interpretive and curriculum-based programs. The lighthouse is operated by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and is open daily. The lighthouse is located on the west end of Fire Island National Seashore and is accessible year-round by car. Parking is available at Robert Moses State Park in parking field #5 for a fee.
For more information on visiting the lighthouse please visit www.nps.gov/FIIS or contact 631-661-4876.