Nonprofit pursuing lease of Alaska's oldest lighthouse

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The oldest original lighthouse in Alaska is in dire need of repairs.

    The Juneau Empire reported the paint on the 114-year-old Eldred Rock Lighthouse atop a cliff in the middle of Lynn Canal is peeling. But Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association board member Justin Fantasia said the greater concern is the chunks of concrete falling from the building.

    Fantasia was part of a team that went out to the lighthouse Monday to take stock of what needs to be repaired.

    The Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association, with the help of the Marine Exchange of Alaska, is starting the process of taking over the lighthouse to better preserve it. The U.S. Coast Guard currently owns it, but ERLPA Executive Director Sue York said she's hoping to work out a lease where ERLPA can take over the lighthouse.

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