It is now time for someone to step forward and take the initiative to save Baltimore, Maryland’s 1898 Fort Carroll Lighthouse before it is lost forever.
The time for talking is over and the time for action has come. However, since the fort and the lighthouse have been privately owned since 1958, who can convince the private owner, listed only as Fort Carroll LLC, to save the lighthouse?
The fort and the lighthouse were named in honor of Charles Carroll, who, at the time of its construction, was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. This historical fact by itself should be reason enough to save the lighthouse.
Reports seem to indicate that restoration of the old fort is cost prohibitive. But, even if that is true, why can’t the lighthouse be saved? After all, it’s a wooden structure. How expensive could it be, especially to a business entity that owns the entire island and fort, to restore just the lighthouse?
That’s my opinion and I welcome yours.
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