Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) has issued the following statement regarding the Montauk Point Lighthouse project, which is set to enter the heavy construction phase on the lighthouse’s stonework revetment this week:
“For over two centuries, Montauk Point Lighthouse has served as one of the most recognizable symbols in our region, evoking a sense of community among Long Islanders, and attracting visitors from across the United States and foreign nations. This critical project is an investment in the future of not only Montauk Point Lighthouse, but Long Island as a whole.
“The landmark currently sits less than 100 feet from the receding edge of the bluff and its deteriorating stonework revetment is the only thing left protecting the lighthouse from being lost to the ocean due to erosion. This project will bolster the shoreline and provide safety reinforcements, including an 840-foot revetment with a 73-year level of protection for the lighthouse, that will ensure Montauk Point Lighthouse will continue to shine for generations to come.”
Congressman Zeldin has worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on this effort every step of the way, advocating for and helping secure federal funding for the project. In January of this year, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $30.7 million contract to H&L Contracting of Bayshore, New York, to carry out the restoration and protection of Montauk Point Lighthouse.