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On September 5, 2003 the projected construction contract award date for the erosion control project was changed from December 30, 2003 to July 2, 2004 by the Charleston District, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Project Manager for this phase of the work. This increase in the time schedule is due to additional steps required for Section 103 Federal funding. Save The Light, Inc. accepted the USACE offer to convert from Section 14 funding to Section 103 funding in July, 2003 to keep funds flowing for the project and increase the overall USACE funding contribution from $1 Million to $1.64 Million. At the time that program change occurred, all parties made every effort to maintain the original schedule, but that proved unsuccessful.
The overall preservation projected cost remains $5-6 Million and all efforts are being made to maintain the revised schedule and initiate work in 2004. The total budget for this initial (erosion control) project is $2.59 Million. The Non-Federal Sponsor (Save The Light, Inc.) share is $906,850---which is due no later than May 4, 2004 to maintain this schedule. Currently, less than $30,000 in cash and pledges remain to be raised to permit a 2004 construction start---to begin the actual construction work to save the Morris Island Lighthouse from collapse.
Save The Light, Inc. is keenly interested in immediately following this USACE erosion control project with the foundation repair project, which is estimated to cost $600,000. Foundation repair is required to stabilize the foundation of the lighthouse.
All efforts continue to raise funds through the capital campaign to permit the foundation stabilization work to be initiated as soon as possible. Save the Light, Inc. sincerely appreciates all those who are helping save this important American/South Carolina landmark.
The Morris Island Lighthouse is owned by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and is part of the Heritage Trust Program. Save The Light, Inc., a 501 © (3) Non-Profit Corporation, is responsible for raising funds and making and implementing plans to preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse.
Save The Light, Inc.
For further information, please contact Dr. Richard Beck, Save The Light, Inc.
Vice-Chairman: (843 633-0099)