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Plans to save Pass Manchac


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The Lake Maurepas Society expects to get a lease this month from the Coast Guard for the Pass Manchac Lighthouse. A video about the lighthouse, which has aired several times on local television has drawn lots of attention to the old structure.

Plans to save the lighthouse are in two steps; the first being to stabilize it by "packaging" it with staves and bands. Pilings will be jetted in around the lighthouse. The tops of the pilings will be joined to the lighthouse to brace it and rip rap will be placed at the base. The second phase will be to jack the lighthouse up and place it on a new foundation. Total estimated cost for the work will be around $150,000.

The group has $12,000 raised, so as you can see they need lots more. To make a donation or join the group you can write to: The Lake Maurepas Society, c/o Ben Taylor, 16152 East Club Deluxe Road, Hammond, LA 70403.

A new lease from the Coast Guard to the Lake Maurepas Society may soon save what's left of the Pass Manchac Lighthouse in Louisiana.

This story appeared in the December 1997 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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