Piedras association hosted conference for lighthouse issues

ktanner@thetribunenews.comMay 17, 2013 

About two dozen representatives from five Central Coast light stations converged on San Simeon April 27 and 28 to share mutual concerns and brainstorm about a variety of lighthouse-related issues.

At the weekend event sponsored by the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association, others represented the Point San Luis, Point Sur, Point Pinos and Pigeon Point light stations, as well as the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the International Chimney Corp.

Attendees reported on those and other lighthouse sites and discussed such topics as restoring the historic sites, raising funds to do that and other lighthouse-related activities, and how to interest the public in preserving and visiting light stations.

The group toured the Piedras site and learned that Point Conception Lighthouse’s first-order Fresnel lens is to be moved to the Santa Barbara museum, perhaps in June.

As part of the conference, the public and the group saw a slide presentation at Hearst Castle Theater about how National Park Service moved the 4,400-ton, circa 1870 brick Cape Hatteras lighthouse 2,900 feet to reduce the chance of erosion-caused damage. Exhibits about each of the light stations represented at the conference were on display in the theater lobby.

For more on conference results, the Piedras light station and its association call 927-3719 or go to www.piedrasblancas.org.

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