Lake County leaders trying to save historic lighthouse

PAINSEVILLE, Ohio - The fate of a historic 61-year-old Lake Erie lighthouse that is a northeast Ohio tourist attraction is up in the air.

The lighthouse just east of Headlands Beach State Park in Painesville Township is owned and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.

But the Coast Guard wants to shed its responsibilities and hand the lighthouse over to someone willing to maintain it as a historic site.

A group of Lake County agencies has been working together to try to come up with a plan. But the group has already exhausted two 60-day extensions by the federal government without any ideas.

If the local government doesn't take over the lighthouse, it can be sold to a private developer.

The lighthouse was built in 1925 and is listed on National Register of Historic Places.

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