The 129-year-old lighthouse was closed to the public last winterafter a lightning storm caused chunks of rock and metal to plummetfrom its 115-foot tower, one of the highest in the country.

The Coast Guard currently leases the lighthouse to CaliforniaState Parks, which manages the grounds and an adjacent youthhostel. However, the Coast Guard recently announced that it isready to hand over the Pigeon Point lighthouse under the NationalHistoric Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 that authorizes theagency to transfer excess lighthouses to entities interested inpreserving them.

Although an official announcement is pending, the trust isalready working to ensure that it will be the one to purchase thelighthouse on behalf of State Parks at a time when governmentagencies are financially strapped, according to Peninsula OpenSpace Trust President Audrey Rust.

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