Sea Girt Lighthouse, which has withstood countless hurricanes and Nor’easters since it was built in 1896, came through Hurricane Sandy with only minor damage. Repairs are being made. And volunteers are getting ready for a full slate of lighthouse activities in 2013.
Meanwhile hurricane cleanup and recovery efforts continue in Sea Girt and neighboring towns. While the lighthouse was spared the worst, many neighbors have suffered severe losses and dislocation. In light of the situation, the lighthouse trustees chose to forgo the festive Holiday Open House held the first Sunday of December and redirect the party funds to help others hard hit by the storm.
In the Spirit of Community
“As much as we enjoy the traditional gathering of lighthouse friends, there will be other opportunities to get together. Given our mission of service and in the spirit of community at this challenging time, we want to lend a hand to our neighbors,” said Virginia Zientek, president of Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee.
The Lighthouse Committee has donated $500 to a local family whose home was destroyed in the storm. The father of the family worked tirelessly in Sea Girt to prepare for the storm and to deal with its aftermath. Mrs. Zientek noted: “The trustees wished to thank this gentleman and recognize his dedication.”
Additionally, donations of $250 each were made to the preservation groups at the Squan Beach Life Saving Station, Manasquan and the National Guard Militia Museum at Camp Sea Girt. Both museums suffered flood damage and we understand the loss of historical pieces can be devastating to organizations dedicated to preservation.
The lighthouse trustees have also offered the curators at these museums private tours of the lighthouse to view the displays and the archives in the event there are some historic photos or documents that they might wish to copy to replace identical or similar material damaged in the storm.
“The Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee extends our warmest holiday greetings to all and our hope for a happy, healthy and safe new year,” said Mrs. Zientek.
Guided Sunday tours will resume in mid-April. Group tours, especially popular with Scouts and school groups, are conducted year-round by prior arrangement. Community groups have resumed their regularly scheduled meetings at the lighthouse.