USCG Plans to Shutdown the Light in the Lighthouse

Fresnel Lens




PCLK President

Message from
Tanya Smart, President, 
Point Cabrillo Light Keepers Association (PCLK)



We’re Almost There! Keeping the Light on at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
While it is not yet a “done deal”, the U.S. Coast Guard has agreed to allow State Parks and the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association to apply to borrow the historic 3rd Order Fresnel Lens and operate it as a Private Aid to Navigation once it is decommissioned as a Federal Aid to Navigation by the Coast Guard.
This is a spectacular development and we have many people and organizations to thank. Starting a list is daunting as someone is sure to be left off. Apologies in advance for that. First and foremost, our thanks to everyone in this community who wrote letters and kept our spirits high. From volunteers to students to folks in the grocery stores to out of town visitors, hundreds of letters, e-mails, postcards and positive comments flowed. Our friends at Mendocino Area Parks Association, Mendocino Coast Audubon Society, The Mendocino Study Club and other organizations wrote moving support letters. The Fort Bragg City Council, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, Assemblymember Wes Chesbro, Congressman Jared Huffman and Senator Barbara Boxer all showed their support, sometimes without our even having to ask. State Parks was on board from the beginning with support and encouragement and will be vital partners in the upcoming agreement. We have also been fortunate to work with Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay and Aids to Navigation Team Humboldt Bay to guide us in this process.
What happens now is that the application must be drafted and agreed on by all parties. Given that one party is Federal, and the other State, we know this will take time to accomplish. We look forward to that and to the PARTY that will follow!
Thanks to everyone!
Tanya Smart, President

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