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Historic Florida lighthouse up for adoption

June 13, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

MIAMI (AP) - A picturesque lighthouse off Key Biscayne is up for adoption.

Fowey Rocks Light is one of a dozen historic lighthouses being let go by the federal government this year to relieve the Coast Guard of related expenses and upkeep responsibilities.

The 133-year-old lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a hot spot for divers, snorkelers and boaters. Its rundown dock and its tower are currently off-limits.

Nonprofit groups and local governments may apply to take ownership of Fowey Rocks. Interested parties must prove they can preserve and maintain the lighthouse for public use.

The lighthouse will still be used as a navigational aid, with the Coast Guard in charge of the beacon.



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