PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - "This great project to relocate and preserve the Round Island Lighthouse is coming to an end, which is a great thing. We hope to complete the project by mid-summer," said Pascagoula Mayor Jim Blevins.
Blevins says the Round Island Lighthouse sits as a gateway into Pascagoula. More than $1 million in state, federal and local dollars have been spent to give the landmark a makeover.
"Currently, we are completing the stairway, the brickwork inside, the masonry and putting the lighting at the top," explained Blevins. "The lighting at the top will be installed, and everybody will be able to go inside and see what a great monument this is."
The project has been both a city and community effort. City leaders hope that help continues.
"We still need money to help with the grounds and finishing touches on this and help with facilitating the opening of this facility," said Blevins.
He says engraved bricks are on sale that will be added on the lighthouse. Donating time to help make the project a success is also welcomed.
"Also, we are looking for volunteers to help us open the project and help man the facility when it is open to tourists," said Blevins. "This is a great tourist attraction to the Coast here, and we hope to have many people visit Pascagoula to see it."
For more information on how you can help with the Round Island Lighthouse restoration project, call the Pascagoula Community Development Office at 228-938-6639.