Port de Grave light­house des­ig­nated for pro­tec­tion

The Compass - - Editorial - SALTWIRE NET­WORK

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced three new struc­tures for des­ig­na­tion un­der the Her­itage Light­house Pro­tec­tion Act on Mon­day, Dec. 11, in­clud­ing the Green Point light­house in Port de Grave.

A to­tal of 95 light­houses have now been des­ig­nated un­der the act in eight provinces. Of those, 42 will be man­aged by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and 53 by new, non-fed­eral own­ers.

“The Green Point Light­house has been in the com­mu­nity for decades and I am de­lighted with the fact that it is now des­ig­nated a na­tional her­itage light­house,” Avalon MP Ken McDon­ald said in a news re­lease.

“The light­house served both the in­shore and Labrador fish­eries, con­tribut­ing to the growth of the lo­cal econ­omy and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. To­day, Bay Roberts and Port De Grave con­tinue to be busy marine ports with the light­house guid­ing nu­mer­ous tankers, fer­ries, fish­ing and cargo ves­sels, and recre­ational boaters.”

The Her­itage Light­house Pro­tec­tion Act, which is ad­min­is­tered by Parks Canada, al­lows fed­er­ally owned light­houses with her­itage value to be iden­ti­fied and pro­tected.

The des­ig­na­tions are rec­om­mended by the His­toric Sites and Mon­u­ments Board of Canada and ap­proved by the min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change.

The other two light­houses des­ig­nated on Mon­day were the Gillis Point light­house and Black Rock Point light­house, both lo­cated in Cape Bre­ton.

CANA­DIAN COAST GUARD

The Green Point light­house at the tip of the Port de Grave Penin­sula in 1922.

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