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Old 10-22-2008, 04:45 PM
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Hello: I am doing a school project and would like some general information about how folks feel about the following questions. Please comment so that I can gather all responses and better understand what is good and bad about the lighthouses.

Q1: Do you feel that the lighthouses on the Carolina Coast are still great tourist attractions to visit? Which lighhouses would be the best to tour in NC?

Q2: How is the struggling economy affecting the lighthouse operations and maintenance today on average?

Q3: How many people on average still visit NC lighthouses?

Q4: Do you feel that lighthouses still serve a purpose? What purpose?

Q5: Are there any unique cultures around the coastal lighhouse communities?
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:33 PM
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reflection- What a great school project! I love lighthouses!

The lighthouses on the NC coast are all historic structures owned by the National Park Service and the Coast Guard. The Park Service maintains them and the National Guard operates the "Lights".
They are still very functional, steering water craft away coastal hazards.

Check out this website- NC Lighthouses

They are important enough that the Federal Government decided to move the Hatteras Lighthouse away from the coastline (1500 feet) to ensure that it was safe from the eroding shoreline.

Natural Wonders: Moving the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse | Insiders' Guide® North Carolina's Outer Banks, 26th Edition (http://www.insiders.com/outerbanks/sb-wonders.htm - broken link)

On a very unscientific, personal note, we visited the Currituck Lighthouse in September of this year and there were tons of tourists visiting the site.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse, North Carolina at Lighthousefriends.com

Have fun with your project and I hope you get a good grade!
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:00 PM
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One of my favorite things ... I love lighthouses. Every lighthouse we have visited in North & South Carolina and Florida we always see lots of tourist.

The Ponce de Leon in Florida is still active ... flashing white 6 times in 15 seconds, then a 15 second eclipse ... it's also the second tallest brick tower in the USA.
Ponce de Leon (http://www.floridalighthouses.org/ponce.htm - broken link)

Everyone in our area followed the moving of the Hatteras Lighthouse ... it was an amazing event.

The government has been know to sell lighthouses ... back in 2006 they had 18 located in Maine, Maryland and Rhode Island to sell. They also have a program called Adopt A Lighthouse ... which is just financial donations. I would like to own a lighthouse and live in it ... but alas I am too poor to buy one.

GSA Public Sale of Historic Lighthouses (http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?pageTypeId=8199&channelId=-13259&P=XI&contentId=20939&contentType=GSA_BASIC - broken link)
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:11 AM
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Many of the lighthouses still perform their original task which was an aid to navigation. Especially today with an ever increase of recreational boaters and fishermen.

By the way-Most folks think of a lighthouse as a night time aid. But did you know that lighthouses like Cape Lookout-Which has diamonds painted on it-Can tell a mariner how far offshore he is?

Lighthouses are definetly a tourist attraction-In fact they are the calling card, the monicker of many coastal regions.

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Old 10-23-2008, 07:12 PM
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Thank you all for you responses as they are extremely helpful. Although I have never visited the Outerbanks, this insight helps me greatly to understand the value of lighthouses!
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:06 PM
Location: The 12th State
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Dont forget about Oak Island Lighthouse
Welcome to the Oak Island Lighthouse!
and Bald Head Island to add to your list of Outer banks lighthouses.
I have visited them all except Oak Islands and I just visited Tybee Island Ga lighthouse this week
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