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Cape Lookout Lighthouse receives federal funds for repairs

Posted October 14, 2009 11:46 a.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2009 6:43 p.m. EDT

— A coastal North Carolina lighthouse that's been closed for more than a year has received nearly $500,000 in federal funds for repairs.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Democratic Senator Kay Hagan said Wednesday the repairs at Cape Lookout Lighthouse on Harkers Island will include alterations to its cast-iron staircase and railings.

"The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one of North Carolina's most beautiful tourist attractions, and an investment of this size will help boost the coastal economy," Hagan said in a statement. "This funding will also help to ensure that future generations are able to experience firsthand the enduring legacy of North Carolina’s maritime heritage."

The National Park Service is celebrating the lighthouse's 150th anniversary. It remains operational but was closed to the public in early 2008 due to structural problems. It is scheduled to reopen in 2010.

Salazar said he will visit North Carolina on Friday to address business leaders on the state's energy issues.