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Shining Bright and Proud


A lighthouse is supposed to warn ships at sea of the perils of nearby land. What if the sea seeks to wash away the lighthouse … threatening its very survival?

That is what was happening in the 1990s when erosion from unrelenting, pounding waves threatened the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. A light had stood at that point since it was authorized in 1794. The choice was simple: Move it or lose it.

So in 1999 they did, oh so slowly. When finished, the lighthouse was 2,900 feet from the water’s edge, not 15 feet.

Once again the light shone bright and proud.

Ron Smith, S&A Communications

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