Dredging and More: Public Works Projects Abound on Island
Will Sennott

From massive dredging and beach renourishment in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown to renovations at the Gay Head Cliffs overlook, a number of public works improvement projects are under way around the Island this winter.

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Makeover Begins for Area Around Gay Head Cliffs
Noah Asimow
This fall and winter, Aquinnah will undertake a nearly $220,000 improvement project at the Gay Head Cliffs, a designated national landmark with one of the most stunning views on the Island.
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Island Is Special, Secretary Udall Says at Gay Head
Peter S. McGhee
In a friendly but eloquent mixture of encouragement, advice and warning to the whole Island, Secretary of the Interior Steward L. Udall formally dedicated the colorful clay cliffs of Gay Head as a National Landmark on Saturday afternoon.
 
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At Gay Head Cliffs, Ancient Glacial Story Retold
Alex Elvin
Excavation around the Gay Head Light has revealed never before seen geologic layers that may shed light on how and when the landscape was created.
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Day One for Gay Head Light Move: 1856 Brick Tower Travels 52 Feet
Alex Elvin
Just before noon on Thursday the Gay Head Light departed the spot where it has stood for 159 years. The Island's oldest lighthouse headed for its new home about 175 feet from the eroding Gay Head cliffs.
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Cold Winds, Warm Memories at Gay Head Guided Walk
Alison L. Mead
Cold winds deterred some but not all as VCS led a guided walk at the Gay Head Cliffs on Saturday. The location was significant as VCS celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year, and was instrumental in creating national landmark status for the cliffs in 1965.
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Trapped Groundwater Hastens Erosion at Gay Head Cliffs
Remy Tumin

As rapid erosion continues to threaten the Gay Head Light, a possible solution emerged this week to help mitigate the situation as the town embarks on a complicated, longer-term project to move the lighthouse.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Declares Gay Head Light Endangered

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced in a ceremony at the Gay Head Cliffs Wednesday morning that it had named the Gay Head Light to its 2013 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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Sweeping Light Will Remain at Gay Head Beacon
Remy Tumin

The U.S. Coast Guard has abandoned plans to modernize the optic at the Gay Head Light and will instead maintain the current sweeping beam.

Lieut. Matthew Stuck of the Coast Guard aids to navigation branch said Monday that the Coast Guard has found a replacement optic for the current aging lens at the light. The replacement will likely happen sometime in the next few months.

“We plan to acquire the replacement and install it for the failing rotating beacon,” Mr. Stuck said. “Our hope is to maintain it for the indefinite future.”

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High on Gay Head Cliffs, a Land Bank Beauty
CHRIS BURRELL

High on Gay Head Cliffs, a Land Bank Beauty

New System of Trails May Result from Sale in Aquinnah

By CHRIS BURRELL

In a move that could resurrect a long-lost museum in Aquinnah and create a network of trails over a dramatic south shore seascape, the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank has agreed to buy the six-acre Vanderhoop homestead just south of the Gay Head Lighthouse.

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