The debate rages on in Montauk regarding its charismatic lighthouse and how to address the ever-encroaching coastline below. Since the structure was built in 1796 (commissioned by George Washington no less!) the buffer between the sea and the towering lighthouse has shrunk from a generous 300 feet to a precarious 75. Now coastal managers, fisherman, surfers and local residents are left to decide whether to retreat or stand their ground...JB
Photo: Anders Brownworth (www.anders.com)
By Cornelia Dean
November 21, 2006
Lighthouses speak to the imagination. They illuminate the darkness, remind us of a vanishing maritime heritage and embody what it means to make it safely home.
So when erosion threatens to send a lighthouse toppling into the sea, people want to save it. But how? The way we answer that question involves more than engineering. It can become a statement about how we intend to live with our eroding coasts.
More on the Lighthouse Debate
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Wikipedia - Montauk Lighthouse