New York businessman Gary Zaremba has purchased Maine’s 1890 Lubec Channel Lighthouse for $46,000.
Although the structure, known locally as “The Sparkplug,” because of its design, is surrounded by water, it can be seen from many areas in Lubec or from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.
Zaremba, who is president of Artisan Restoration Group, was also a bidder for the Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse in Delaware, but stopped bidding when the price went to high.
According to various accounts, Zaremba is not yet exactly sure what the end result will be after he restores the famous landmark, but he is an ardent supporter of lighthouse preservation and he would eventually like to open the lighthouse for some type of visits for the public, if it’s feasibly possible.
Declared excess property by the Coast Guard, the lighthouse was originally offered up for adoption for free to other government agencies and nonprofits under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. Although there was some interest expressed, other government agencies declined and local nonprofits felt they simply could not afford to maintain the structure.
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