Beavertail Lighthouse Open to Vandalism Again?
In another strange twist of irony for historical Lighthouse preservation, Beavertail Lighthouse, the third colonial Lighthouse built in our nation located on a breathtaking natural scenic point park, has lost the Resident Caretakers due to the phantom poisoning of Lead Paint and a low cost housing dispute between several government organizations.
Robert W. Sutton Jr., a Town Council member, stated his common sense perspective on the Coast Guard’s issue with the danger of Lead Poisoning:
“Ninety percent of the houses in Jamestown have lead paint. Lead paint doesn’t just jump out and get you. You have to eat paint chips.”
If drinking colloidal silver turns men into Papa smurf blue than what toxic color is produced by eating lead paint chips?
Has Luminous bluish-gray Alpha Centaurians invaded Beavertail Lighthouse to eat the Lead Paint chips???
As local officials were concerned in the 1970s after the Coast Guard automated the Lighthouse, removed the Light-keeper and left the Light Station unattended, local Jamestown officials are concerned about vandalism in the buildings of the isolated Light Station. During the 1970s, vandalism threatened to destroy the Lighthouse. Someone shot the Light out in 1975 and the Lighthouse was inactive until the Coast Guard replaced the Light.
The affordable housing dispute was covered in a previous post, “Beavertail Lighthouse Residential Housing Controversy.”
According to Coast Guard rules, the town’s (Jamestown) proposal of resident caretakers is not acceptable. Yet, the town has had resident caretakers for more than 30 years. Georges Bockstael of the Coast Guard’s civil engineering unit, claims the Coast Guard requested the town to deliver a “innovative” plan to maintain the Lighthouse. The Coast Guard has no problem with a plan that allows for a part-time Caretaker who may stay there at night but he cannot use the Lighthouse as his primary residence.
Who would apply to sleep at a Lighthouse by night and live somewhere else by day?
Perhaps, Speedy the Under-the-Cover MoonShaker SpeedCat 0007 agent in his Space Suit might benefit from this arrangement?
Politics aside, the immediate common sense solution is to allow Resident Caretakers to live in the Lighthouse full time to maintain the property and provide security against vandalism until an agreeable lease agreement can be approved by all disputing parties.
Beavertail Lighthouse was the third colonial Lighthouse built in America to guide shipping entering the East Passage of the Narragansett Bay en-route to Newport Harbor. The current 52-foot high square Granite Tower was built in 1856 and currently exhibits a Flashing White Light every 6-seconds illuminated by a Third-order Fresnel lens 64-feet above sea level to a visible range of 15 nautical miles. For more information about Beavertail Lighthouse, please click on the photo of this post.
For a Map location, please visit the Google Map of Beavertail Lighthouse
Related News Story:
Newport officials worried about fate of lighthouse, Feb 23, 2008
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Posted on March 5, 2008, in Humor, Lighthouse Keepers, Preservation News, Travel and tagged Beavertail Lighthouse, Humor, Lighthouse Keepers, Preservation News, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.