It has been two years since the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy was founded and began restoration. Just recently, the PCLC came to an agreement with the city to place the restored lighthouse on the north side of derby pond in Waterworks Park. Rich Norgard, president of the PCLC, said the organization is “appreciative of the city and in particular Mayor Leone for working with the conservancy to place the lighthouse in a place that’s mutually acceptable.”
All of the members of the PCLC have been longtime residents of Port Clinton and want to make a contribution to the community. Lighthouses are destination points historically and visually; the PCLC hopes that weddings, gatherings and other social functions will take place at the lighthouse. They see the lighthouse as being a great asset to downtown Port Clinton. PCLC also has agreed to keep up the maintenance on the lighthouse. The Coast Guard has said that no large wattage of bulb can be pointed towards the lake for safety reasons, but a smaller light will be visible from Perry Street.
Saturday Sept. 14 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy is holding an open house to display the lighthouse to the public. The lighthouse has moved from Brands’ Marina to a storage facility so it can be worked on year round. Daily work has been performed on the lighthouse to make great progress on its restoration.