House Bill 372 has been introduced this year in Washington, D.C. Its message: save the St. Marks Lighthouse!
This statuesque landmark is gaining worldwide attention; many globetrotters descending on the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, eager to catch a glimpse.
Robin Will, a refuge ranger, says, “They want to go in it, find out about the lighthouse; it's a huge draw.”
It’s a draw for thousands, but why?
Perhaps it's because it holds a lot of history. It's the third oldest lighthouse in Florida. In fact, if you look around, even the coastline looks the same as it did 174 years ago.
And the view is magnificent, a snapshot back in time to 1831 when the lighthouse began guiding ships. Inside sits a pineapple glass lens in its original state, another symbol of north Florida's history.
Rep. Allen Boyd, U.S. Congressman, says, “It's been rebuilt, moved; still, today it's an active working lighthouse.”
It’s a lighthouse that Cong. Boyd wants to save. He's drafted a bill to switch ownership, restore the beacon and eventually open the doors to the public. If all goes well, Boyd says this national treasure will have the backing of our national leader.
Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard owns the St. Marks Lighthouse and doesn't have the funds for restoration. That's why Boyd wants Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to assume control.