Restored St. Joseph lighthouse to be dedicated Saturday

The St. Joseph north Pier Inner and Outer Lights dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday June 4 at 3 p.m.

The dedication ceremony will be held at Tiscornia Park near the newly installed sidewalk at the southwest edge of the parking lot.

There, the donor memorial will be unveiled. It recognizes those who donated $500 or more.

Congressman Fred Upton, Senator John Proos and Representative Al Pscholka will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office, Smay Trombley Architecture, Mihm Enterprises, and the Lighthouse Forever Fund committee.

Guests are asked to park in the Whirlpool parking lot on Upton Drive between the railroad tracks and Marina Drive.

A shuttle will take people to the park from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Citizens and volunteers raised $1.85 million to restore and preserve the lighthouses, which the city took over after the Coast Guard decommissioned them in 2005.

The project was honored with the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation in March 2016.

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