State Officials: It Could Cost Millions to Save the East Point Lighthouse

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New Jersey is looking for ways to save the East Point Lighthouse, but warn it's going to be pricey.

Lighthouses around the United States are being threatened by rising seas and erosion, requiring costly protective measures that not every place can afford.

One is at the southern tip of New Jersey, where the East Point Lighthouse is in danger of being swallowed by the Delaware Bay.

New Jersey officials want to help but caution it could cost millions to save the lighthouse.

Similar calculations are being made regarding threatened lighthouses in many places.

Lighthouses have been moved inland in North Carolina, Rhode Island, Florida, and other places.

But rising seas have also claimed lighthouses in Texas and Hawaii, among other places.

Even shoring up the sand in front of lighthouses can cost millions and it often washes away with the tides or storms.


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