FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCBD) – A local lighthouse will soon receive a much needed makeover.
Leaders say $175-thousand dollars towards restoration of the Morris Island Lighthouse has been included in the state’s budget.
“Save the Light wishes to thank State Senator Sandy Senn and Representative Peter McCoy, Jr. for their diligent efforts in making this happen,” the group said in an email. “This lighthouse is owned by the citizens of South Carolina. We appreciate the support of these two servant leaders and their recognition of the importance of preserving this symbol of Charleston’s maritime heritage!”
The tower stands alone in an inlet off Folly Beach.
Constructed in 1876, the now-icon has stood through numerous large hurricanes, and was used to help guide ships at night some time ago.
The lighthouse has been in jeopardy of collapse due to its old age and beach erosion. The Save The Light worked diligently to raise funds needed to preserve the tower and stabilize it by placing a ring of concrete around it along with installing 68 micro piles through the existing foundation.