The Oak Island Lighthouse is not even 50 years old, but it is a piece of history to many Oak Island citizens. Built in 1957 the 157-foot structure used to be used as a guide for ships coming up the Cape Fear River. Now it is more of a tourist attraction.
The lighthouse and the five acres around it is owned by the federal government, but thanks to a Federal Lands and Parks Program it will be given to the town of Caswell Beach for free. Mayor Harry Simmons says he will have nature trails, and maybe a souvenir shop and parking spaces put on the property. He says it is a deal for the town, and he can not wait for it to be complete.
Simmons is hoping by the end of the summer the property will be in the hands of Caswell Beach. Local residents hope that the development is tasteful and does not hurt the natural environment.