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Stepping Stones Lighthouse, located off Kings Point, has (Credit: Chris Ware)

Stepping Stones Lighthouse, located off Kings Point, has been a North Hempstead asset since 2008, but budget constraints have slowed renovations that the town pledged in its 2006 application. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Stepping Stones Lighthouse

Three years after taking over Stepping Stones Lighthouse from the National Park Service, the Town of North Hempstead has done little to fulfill its pledge to preserve, restore and educate the public about the historic building, which is located off Kings Point. The lack of work may put the town in violation of its federal agreement and could result in the return of the 1870s lighthouse to the federal government.

Stepping Stones Lighthouse, located off Kings Point, has
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Stepping Stones Lighthouse, located off Kings Point, has been a North Hempstead asset since 2008, but budget constraints have slowed renovations that the town pledged in its 2006 application. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Repair and restoration costs to Stepping Stones Lighthouse
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Repair and restoration costs to Stepping Stones Lighthouse were estimated between $2.2 million and $3.4 million, with annual maintenance of about $20,000. But no restoration work has taken place since North Hempstead took over the lighthouse in 2008, and the historic structure is closed. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of North Hempstead, right, and Andrew DeMartin, commissioner for the town Department of Public Safety, visit the Stepping Stones Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located off Kings Point. (Sept. 13, 2011)

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Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of North Hempstead, is shown in the Stepping Stones Lighthouse. Town officials on Sept. 16 reported to the National Park Service that no major repairs have been required and that town employees make monthly visits to clean the exterior and inspect the interior. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of North Hempstead, is shown in the Stepping Stones Lighthouse. It is one of 76 lighthouses deeded to communities and groups since the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation law was enacted in 2000. (Sept. 13, 2011)

At Stepping Stones Lighthouse, a basement hole reveals
(Credit: Chris Ware)

At Stepping Stones Lighthouse, a basement hole reveals the water below, the foundation is cracking and the tower cupola appears to be supported on only three of four sides, says Pamela Setchell, a preservationist who has toured the lighthouse to advise North Hempstead. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Andrew DeMartin, commissioner for the North Hempstead Department
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Andrew DeMartin, commissioner for the North Hempstead Department of Public Safety, is shown in the Stepping Stones Lighthouse. The town says its employees make monthly visits to clean the exterior and inspect the interior. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of North Hempstead, right, and Andrew DeMartin, commissioner for the town Department of Public Safety, are shown inside Stepping Stones Lighthouse. (Sept. 13, 2011)

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Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Phil Purcell, Harbor Patrol for the Town of North Hempstead, is shown in the Stepping Stones Lighthouse. Pamela Setchell, president of Huntington Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society, describes conditions at Stepping Stones after a recent tour: "You get a really, really bad winter, one of these days you may not see a green beacon out there." (Sept. 13, 2011)

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