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Historic lighthouse on South Portland waterfront in need of repairs
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - For 117 years, the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse has been a fixture on the South Portland waterfront and it's in need of serious repairs.

The trust overseeing it is facing a hefty repair bill after a structural study found a lot of deterioration. Over time the ocean water has eaten away at the base of the lighthouse building. Water has gotten inside of the cracks that have formed, causing even more damage.

"It's going on every day, of every week, of every year and it doesn't get better with age," said Keith Thompson, director of the lighthouse trust.

While the building is still structurally sound, trustees said they must begin making repairs. The bill could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The repairs are needed at a time when the lighthouse is more popular than ever with tourists.

"The number of people we have had tour the lighthouse has essentially tripled in 2014 from 2012," said Thompson.

The trust's board will begin applying for grants and soliciting donations to start tackling those repairs. The learn more about the lighthouse or to make a donation visit www.springpointlight.org


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