COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on planned repairs at a 145-year-old lighthouse in eastern North Carolina. A nonprofit that runs the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is now soliciting donations to finish the work.
The Virginian-Pilot reported this week that the lighthouse is awaiting its first makeover since being built.
Crucial cast iron pieces are in need of repair. But repairs stopped in March and a revenue shortage is making it harder to cover the costs.
The Outer Banks Conservationists is asking for help. The group says it needs $345,000 to complete repairs.
Lighthouse keeper Meghan Agresto said this is the first time the nonprofit has asked for help on raising repair costs since it took over the operation 30 years ago.
Tens of thousands of people a year pay up to $10 for a ticket to climb the 162-foot tower. The revenues maintain the light and the buildings on the grounds.
The tower remains closed to visitors, along with other Outer Banks lighthouses.
The lighthouse offers visitors a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the long strip of the Outer Banks.