St. Joseph formally accepts ownership of iconic lighthouses

The city of St. Joseph, Michigan now officially owns some of its prized posessions.

The city council voted to take over the iconic lighthouses on the North Pier back in August of 2013, and after a formal ceremony on October 7th, the lighthouses are officially in the city's control.

State Senator John Proos and State Representative Al Pscholka were in attendance at Tiscornia Park.

"A few years ago there was a real question if the federal government was going to operate the lighthouses at all," Proos said. "They gave up responsibility, entirely leaving open this icon."

The city's goal is to create a fundraising committee that will be tasked with getting donations for the restoration project.

"It really does need some paint," Pscholka said. "It could get expensive. But, I think this is a philanthropic community that will help without jeopardizing taxpayers."

The city voted to keep the 106-year-old structure after it was deemed "unneeded" by the federal government in 2008. According to the city, the preservation of natural, historical and cultural resources is a core value and cornerstone of the community.

The city is now responsible for the upkeep and repairs, including the removal of asbestos.

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