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Government giving away lighthouses

By Ed O'Keefe

If you're in the market for some waterfront property, here's your chance: The government is looking to part ways with at least 11 federally owned lighthouses to cut costs.

Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse in Michigan. (Photo by Terry Pepper)

Though some of the government's lighthouses still help guide ships in the night, others are no longer in operation, and a 2000 law requires the government to find suitable owners for the defunct structures. The General Services Administration, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service, work to identify state or local governments, nonprofit groups or museums willing to take ownership. If the governments or nonprofits pass, GSA will auction the lighthouses to private owners.

The 11 lighthouses (listed below) do not count toward the Obama administration's plans to cut $8 billion in federal property costs by the end of fiscal 2012, according to a GSA spokesperson.

Interested owners can review details on the properties at No word yet on their potential market value.

Lighthouses up for grabs:

1.) Cleveland East Ledge Light (Mass.)
2.) Moose Peak Light (Maine)
3.) Frankfort North Breakwater Light (Mich.)
4.) Middle Island Light (Mich.)
5.) South Haven South Pierhead Light (Mich.)
6.) Great Beds Light (N.J.)
7.) Romer Shoal Light (N.J.)
8.) Huntington Harbor Light (N.Y.)
9.) Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light (Ohio)
10.) Punta Tuna Light (Puerto Rico)
11.) Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead Light (Wis.)

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 7, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
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Heck, no one wants any of those anyway. They might as well give them away!

Posted by: darbyohara | July 8, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

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