Picking up the pieces (2010)
Cape Meares Lighthouse begins the long journey back from catastrophe
When vandals struck Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and the lighthouse in early January, the shooting spree broke 15 panes of outer window glass, shattered the historic lighthouse lens and punched holes right through the community’s heart. Two suspects were arrested for the crime in February.
The park is closed while we complete repairs and add security.
Attention turns now to funding recovery of the lighthouse and lens, which are owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and leased to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Lens experts from the Florida-based Lighthouse Lamp Shop, Inc. estimate repair costs will be more than $500,000. Damage to other portions of the structure will likely exceed $80,000.
The Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge are accepting donations with support from the TLC Federal Credit Union, and have raised more than $12,000 to date. Donations may be made online or through the TLC Federal Credit Union (PO Box 160 – Tillamook, Ore. 97141). The Friends may be reached by regular mail at PO Box 262, Netarts, OR 97143.
Community support has been strong throughout the event; if there’s a silver lining anywhere, it’s there.