Let there be light: Point Abino Lighthouse shines again

Point Abino Lighthouse.

The Point Abino lighthouse has been dark since its decommissioning in 1995, but, thanks to the efforts of the Point Abino Lighthouse Preservation Society, the lighthouse will shine again.

On May 1, the light will go on in the lighthouse to relight the light for its 100th anniversary, the lighthouse was built in 1917.

Rick Doan, PALSPS president and Ryan Fazekas from Regional Signal have constructed the light unit now installed in the historic lighthouse.

“For over a year PALPS has been in negotiations with the Coast Guard and the Town of Fort Erie to relight the light for the 100th anniversary,” said Point Abino Lighthouse Preservation Society Rick Doan in a press release.

“Rick Doan, PALSPS president along with Ryan Fazekas put together a 100 watt equivalent daylight LED light bulb along with an isophase switching system that has the light go off for and on for exactly 2 seconds,” the release said. “The town has installed this equipment and will be turned on 24/7 on May 1st till the end of October.”

According to the press release “The 2,000 lb. Fresnel lens has been turned 60 Degrees Northeast and is pointing at Waterfront Park. In tests it can be seen from there, by its flashing light.”

“The light won’t be rotating with a huge beam of light, like back in the old days but PALPS Executives are pleased with this huge project and invite anyone down to see it with them at Waterfront Park at 8 p.m. on Monday May 1/2017.”