Coast Guard to Transfer 5 Lighthouses to Park Service

San Francisco – The U.S. Coast Guard will transfer five lighthouses considered to be within the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to National Park Service control. The transfer will include the historic Point Montara lighthouse on the Coastside, according to GGNRA spokesman Rich Weidman.

The Coast Guard will continue to operate aids to navigation at the locations, which include Point Bonita, Point Diablo and Lime Point in Marin County and the lighthouse at Alcatraz. The structures, including outbuildings and housing, will be transferred to the Park Service and managed as historic structures, said Weidman.

The Coast Guard has “third-party agreements in place at certain sites that will transfer with the properties,” according to a park service memorandum. These specifically include California State Parks management of the hostel at the Point Montara lighthouse.

The GGNRA will now inventory the properties and examine them for structural issues, lead paint contamination and general condition before deciding on a management plan, said Chris Powell, the GGNRA contact person for San Mateo County properties and an El Granada resident.

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