Courtesy National Park Service and Fire Island National Seashore
|Patchogue, NY – The Fire Island Lighthouse tower opened to the public today after a two-week closure for repair.
“The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society provided critical funds to support this repair,” said Fire Island National Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller. “We continue to work together to preserve this historic landmark and ensure a safe visitor experience.”
On February 21, Ocean Construction, LLC began work in the service room, just beneath the top floor of the lighthouse, to replace the aging subfloor and support beams. After the substructure was restored, the original cooper floor was reinstalled.
The Fire Island Lighthouse is operated by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. The light, still owned by the United States Coast Guard, is maintained and operated by the Society as a private aid to navigation. Visitors can explore maritime history through exhibits and interpretive programs, and may climb 192 steps to the top of the tower.
The Keepers Quarters Museum at the Lighthouse is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tower tours are offered Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm; and, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please visit www.nps.gov/FIIS for more information on special programs, or call 631-661-4876.
|About National Park Service|
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|About Fire Island National Seashore|
|About Fire Island National Seashore. Fire Island National Seashore encompasses 26 miles of ocean and bay shoreline, maritime forests, and residential communities. Fire Island’s dynamic coastal landscape is home to a diversity of plants and wildlife and offers a retreat from nearby metropolitan New York. Please visit us online at www.nps.gov/fiis, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fireislandnps, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fireislandnps, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/fireislandnps.