Following Discovery of Rare Plant, Lead in Soil, Lighthouse Move Begins

After more than two years of planning, the Gay Head Light relocation project got under way early this week — and then encountered a new hurdle with the discovery of soil contaminated by lead. Permanently removing the contaminated soil is expected to cost about $600,000, but most of the soil is expected to be removed only temporarily.

Gay Head Light Secured as Relocation Project Begins

The Gay Head Light relocation project is under way, with four companies busily preparing the structure and its surroundings for the move.

Final Hurdle Cleared for Gay Head Light Move

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has approved an 11th-hour conservation plan for protecting the endangered broad tinker’s weed near the Gay Head Light, clearing the way for the final phases of the relocation project. Ground-breaking for the project is expected to take place Monday.

Move Begins for Gay Head Light

Final preparations for relocating the Gay Head Light have begun. The Coast Guard was at work installing a temporary beacon Tuesday. The last day to visit the lighthouse in its current location is Saturday.

Discovery of Endangered Plant Poses Problem for Gay Head Light Project

The Gay Head Light relocation project has hit a potential snag following recent notice from the state Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program that the site contains habitat for the broad tinker’s weed, an endangered wild plant.

Island Students Lend a Creative Hand to Gay Head Light Effort

I Will Save You!, a 65-page volume devoted to the Gay Head Light, features drawings, poems, and short stories by 60 Island students. It arrives in bookstores on Monday, and proceeds from sales of the $20 book will go towards the lighthouse relocation effort.

Aquinnah Takes Ownership of Gay Head Light

Marking the end of a year-long process involving state, federal and local authorities, the town of Aquinnah officially took ownership of the Gay Head Light on Friday. The transfer clears the way for the lighthouse to be moved away from the eroding Gay Head cliffs this spring.

Plans Fall into Place for Gay Head Light Move

A detailed plan for moving the Gay Head Light has been approved by town boards, and other elements of the project are quickly taking shape. If all goes well, work will begin as soon as the ground thaws and the move will be completed by Memorial Day.

Archaeological Survey Complete, Path Cleared to Move Gay Head Light

The relocation of the Gay Head Light is scheduled to proceed this spring after an archaeological survey around the Aquinnah lighthouse found nothing of significant historical interest.

Aquinnah to Decide on Land Purchase Near Lighthouse at Town Meeting

Voters will decide tonight whether to approve a $590,000 purchase for two parcels of land near the site where the town hopes to relocate the Gay Head Light. The special town meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the old town hall. A quorum of 37 voters is needed to convene the meeting.

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