ST. JOSEPH The century-old lighthouses in St. Joseph, Mich. are being handed over from federal to city control. The city won’t pay for the lighthouses, but they do have to pay for renovations, which are expected to cost $1.8 million.
The ownership exchange will take place in a special event Monday morning.
The following is a statement on the lighthouses, from the city of St. Joseph.
“The City of St. Joseph is humbled and honored to take ownership of the North Pier Lighthouses because they are in significant measure what defines the City of St. Joseph as "A Special Place on the Lake." The preservation of our natural, historical, and cultural resources is a core value and cornerstone of our community development strategy devised to sustain and enhance our quality of life, obtain the historic lights in recognition and appreciation of the light's historical significance in the community's growth and development, and the important cultural, recreational, educational, and economic values to be derived from the rehabilitation and restoration of these historic structures.
Please join us on Monday, October 7th at 10 a.m. in Tiscornia Park, at the base of the North Pier, as the City of St. Joseph formally accepts ownership of the North Pier lighthouses. US Representative Fred Upton, State Senator John Proos and State Representative Al Pscholka will be in attendance at the ceremony.
Please feel free to invite your staff, board members, and others to this historical event and contact the City of St. Joseph with any questions at 269-983-5541.