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Pascagoula needs more funding to restore Round Island Lighthouse

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Built in 1859, the Round Island Lighthouse was recently moved to land after taking a beating from storms such as hurricanes Georges and Katrina. Built in 1859, the Round Island Lighthouse was recently moved to land after taking a beating from storms such as hurricanes Georges and Katrina.
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

The City of Pascagoula is calling on more South Mississippians to help restore the historic Round Island Lighthouse. The city began the project back in 2010 and is now short of funding.

The sound of progress could be heard at the foot of the U. S. Highway 90 Bridge in Pascagoula. Work crews spent Thursday restoring the historic Round Island Lighthouse.

Built in 1859, it was recently moved to land after taking a beating from storms such as hurricanes Georges and Katrina. 

"Keep it a little safer from all the wind and the wave actions and the storms we have coming in," Community Development Director Jen Dearman said.

The historic lighthouse is now getting a $1.4 million facelift.  

"It does need a lot of work and we are getting there. We have already completed phase one and phase two of this project. Phase one was relocation and phase two was the lantern gallery restoration," Dearman said. 

Workers are now on phase three.  

"When it is done, it will look exactly like it did on Round Island. It will be complete and it will have the lantern gallery on the top. You are going to be able to go into it and climb up. It is going to be fully functional, as far as that goes. We will have it open for special events, parties and anything else," Dearman said.  

The city still needs around $100,000 to complete this project, and city leaders asking South Mississippians to dig deep in their pockets to help. 

"People should help because this symbolizes what our city is. Our city is a great community that is resilient and that has overcome so many challenges in the last few years. This really encases all that and epitomizes that spirit of Pascagoula," Dearman said. 

The city is hoping to have the lighthouse open by summer 2013.  If you would like donate to the lighthouse project or become a sponsor, call the Pascagoula Community Development office at (228) 938-6639. 

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