Morris Island Lighthouse stabilized, not yet saved

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A 10-year effort to preserve the Morris Island Lighthouse in Charleston Harbor has protected the 19th Century light from collapse. But the structure is far from saved.

So far, $5 million has been spent to repair the lighthouse's rotting foundation and put a cofferdam around its base. The lighthouse is washed by the ocean after erosion caused by the Charleston Harbor jetties washed away most of Morris Island.

Now that the foundation has been stabilized, a volunteer group is turning its attention to repairing the 203 steps leading to the light itself, painting the lighthouse and repairing the light room at the top.

The group, called Save the Light, is holding an oyster roast on Sunday to raise money for the work.

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