Hatteras Lighthouse foundation stones threatened

Image courtesy of www.nps.gov

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – When the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved 15 years ago, the massive stones that held up the famous beacon were left behind at the erosion-prone spot on the Atlantic.

A nonprofit group paid to have the stones engraved with the names of the 83 light keepers. The stones were then placed in a circle that became a popular spot for weddings and other events.

But erosion continues to threaten the area, and sand from storms such as Isabel and Sandy covers the stones. Hatteras Island residents want the stones moved to the lighthouse so that they are publicly visible year-round and better protected from erosion.

But the decision rests with the National Park Service, and so far there is no indication that the stones will be moved.

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