ATLANTIC CITY — The Absecon Lighthouse will be able to make some necessary repairs on the 161-year-old structure and bolster its 2018 operating budget after funding from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
The CRDA approved an amendment to an agreement with the Inlet Public Private Association to reallocate $52,000 during the April 17 public meeting.
Jean Muchanic, executive director of Absecon Lighthouse, said the funds will allow the tourist attraction to repair the roof of the Keeper’s Cottage, cracks in the drywall, rusted light posts around the property and weathered window screens. The additional money will also be used to offset a budget deficit the lighthouse has been operating under for the last two years, Muchanic said.
“The release of funding is critical to our operations,” she said. “We’ve had to put some repairs on hold ... so that makes a very bad appearance to our tourists and our visitors.”
Robert E. Mulcahy III, CRDA chairman, said that funding vital projects such as the Lighthouse has become more difficult since tax revenues for the authority were reduced but would remain a priority.
The Inlet Public Private Association was formed in 1988 with the purpose of maintaining and preserving the South Inlet section of the resort and, more specifically, the Lighthouse and surrounding area. In 1999, the association reopened the lighthouse tower to the public after a multi-year renovation project.
The Absecon Lighthouse is open year round. See abseconlight house.org.