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Sand Island Light House
Alabama Light House Assocation
Summer 2007 Newsletter
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| Much has been happening recently for the good
of the Sand Island Lighthouse. The Engineering report draft has been submitted
for review by Thompson Engineering to the Alabama Lighthouse Association,
Dauphin Island Lighthouse Committee and the Town of Dauphin Island (ALHA).
This report will provide the data needed to create the restoration
plan. This plan will set-out what the finished project will look like,
and what ongoing repairs and improvements will be done to the light house
and island. It will also setup the order of the repair work.
You will be amazed at what is being built for the public! The FEMA work
the ALHA has done in conjunction with the Dauphin Island Committee and
the Town of Dauphin Island has resulted in some limited FEMA funds being
available for the Lighthouse. These funds are nowhere near enough to complete
even the emergency repairs set forth in the emergency repairs section
of Thompson report. They are a great start to saving the lighthouse and
FEMA and the Town of Dauphin Island should be commended for their efforts
to save Sand Island Lighthouse.
The ALHA is providing support for the emergency repair project now.
After many years of hard work by lighthouse supporters like you, the lighthouse
restoration repair work is beginning in earnest. Please keep in mind that
we will need to raise over one half million dollars to do the emergency
work to the tower that it needs now. FEMA is only providing enough to
get started with the repairs. The finished project will be many times
Fund-raising for the Sand Island Lighthouse project will begin to be in
the news very soon. Be sure to tell all the people you know about Alabama's
Statue of Liberty, Sand Island Lighthouse, and ask them to support the
project with a nice donation to help with the funding. The Lighthouse
and the development of the public recreation area is being done for them.
The public and their children will be the ones to enjoy the lighthouse
for generations to come.
We are in a race against mother nature in fund-raising for the Sand Island
Light. We must complete emergency repairs before the next big hurricane
or the Lighthouse might be lost. The tower has vertical cracks in
three places that have weakened the structure. Engineers feel
these can be repaired and that the foundation is still secure, but
we must hurry!
That is about all I have space for right now. If anyone
asks what they can do to help, might I suggest you tell them to
join us by making a donation to the Sand Island Lighthouse or to
the Alabama Lighthouse Association. Please become a member of the
Alabama Lighthouse Association; $25 a year dues go a long way toward
helping all of Alabama Lighthouses.
By Warren Lee, Chair
Pictures courtesy of Brent Beall, Maritime Museum
and Thompson Engineering, Mobile
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