Soundings - - Flotsam & Jetsam -

Plum Gut on the North Fork of Long Is­land may be one of the most treach­er­ous pas­sages in the North­east, which is why the gov­ern­ment put a light­house on ei­ther side of “The Gut.”

Now, one of those bea­cons, the Plum Is­land Light­house (also known as Plum Gut Light­house), which as­sisted mariners through these tur­bu­lent wa­ters from 1869 un­til 1978, needs help of its own.

The de­ac­ti­vated, gran­ite light­house with its cast-iron tower is listed on New York State’s Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, but the build­ing is rapidly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing. Lo­cal ac­tivists are try­ing to save it, but the light­house is now in the hands of the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, which says it doesn’t have the funds to main­tain it.

Ac­cord­ing to the Southold Town His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion, the cost to sta­bi­lize the light­house is about $100,000 and they are try­ing to iden­tify fund­ing sources to seal the ex­te­rior to pre­vent fur­ther de­cay.

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