On September 3rd, a staff member from Public Works and a private consultant met with four of our committee to inspect and measure the lighthouse. They had instructions that work needed to be done, but they hadn’t heard of our business plan. We brought them up to speed, and left them with a copy of our plans. This is a hopeful sign that the community might soon be able to secure the lighthouse for future generations, but we won’t be doing any work updating the plans until we have confirmation from the federal government that the transfer of the lighthouse is underway.
The Federal Government has announced new infrastructure funds for North Rustico lighthouse and other lighthouses on PEI. Our group was not involved at all in this announcement, but we shall update the website when we find out more details. The government press release can be seen at http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=3&nid=1011179&crtr.tp1D=1
On September 25th 2013, the lighthouse was awarded a Provincial Designated Heritage Place plaque and certificate. Trudy MacDonald and Andrew Lush of Friends of North Shore Communities accepted the plaque and certificate from Tourism Minister Robert Henderson. Also in the picture is Eric Gallant of the Souris Harbour Authority, who hosted the event. There was also a meeting of the PEI Lighthouse Society, at which Trudy was elected to the position of Vice President.
credit : PEI Government, B. Simpson, photographer.
We have our business plan in place, builders estimates have been received, and requests for funding have been issued. Now we need to wait until the property boundary of the lighthouse is resolved as right now the lighthouse shares a parcel with an adjacent building. This process is beyond our control. As soon as this issue is sorted, then our next step is to chase up our funding applications. Following that, there’s a lot of work ahead preparing detailed restoration plans.
It has been an eventful year in the history of the North Rustico lighthouse and, on behalf of the Friends of North Shore Communities, it gives us great pleasure to thank you for your support in our endeavours to preserve the heritage of the light for years to come and to wish you every comfort, joy, health and happiness throughout the festive season and the New Year. To read our newsletter, click this link: 2012 calendar newsletter
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