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Oct 6, 2016 4:18 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Montauk Lighthouse Won't Have Holiday Light Display This Season

Oct 11, 2016 5:30 PM

The Montauk Point Lighthouse will not be bedecked with its annual holiday lights this season due to lack of funds, according to Joe Gaviola, director of finance for the Montauk Point Lighthouse Committee, a nonprofit that supports the historic landmark.

It costs $50,000 per year to set up and maintain the lights from the Saturday after Thanksgiving until January 4. The committee has been paying for extensive maintenance on the more than 200-year-old lighthouse, and there is not enough funding to have the holiday lighting while more maintenance work needs to be done, including maintenance work on the tower.

“It’s with a heavy heart that the committee has made this decision, but we can’t be unprepared for future projects,” he said. “The lights have to become secondary.”

Mr. Gaviola said he has reached out to Paul Monte, director of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, and used social media apps like Twitter and Instagram to make the public more aware of the committee’s fundraising needs. He also said that those interested in donating to the committee for the holiday lights or offering money as a sponsor have until November 1 to offer their support, since it takes about two weeks to set up and prepare the lights for display.

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York and the fourth oldest lighthouse in America. It was officially recognized as a national historic landmark on March 5, 2012.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Montauk Point Lighthouse Committee, can visit montauklighthouse.com and click on the support tab.

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I foresee some East End philanthropist(s) donating to cost of the lighting.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 6, 16 5:19 PM
I would hope so. Hurry up as there is not much time.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Oct 6, 16 5:27 PM
How about some of the bar clubs throw in the kitty???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 6, 16 5:37 PM
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Somebody should make a big donation $50k is not that much for some people.

Or they should set up a gofundme page ---- I would donate!

By JohnSmith (25), Johnson City, Tennessee on Oct 6, 16 8:04 PM
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My thoughts exactly..on Both ! A Go fund me page would generate more than enough funds to keep this going ! I too would donate !
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 7, 16 7:15 AM
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Please let us know if such a page is set up so we can donate. Thanks!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 16 9:48 AM
Opps didn't mean to like your comment .....how about we stick with tradition with the lights...its much more beautiful that way !
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 8, 16 8:57 AM
screw it.. don't light it up this year. this is probably a big fundraising event for them and if you've ever been there for it, you'd have noted the multiple "have your donation ready" signs as you approach the parking areas. hold a gun to ppl's heads to raise more cash.. next year you can raise prices in your crappy gift shop to fund repairs.
By dobbsjerry (3), MONTAUK on Oct 7, 16 3:20 PM
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By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 8, 16 8:58 AM
Can someone explain how on earth hanging those lights could possibly cost 50K ANNUALLY?
By InnerBay (72), Southampton on Oct 15, 16 5:48 PM
Throw up a few Star Showers....problem solved! :)
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Oct 18, 16 12:09 PM