The Cedar Island Lighthouse, located in Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton, has been deteriorating and has been inaccessible to the public for about 40 years. A new license agreement between the lighthouse and The Suffolk County Parks Department will facilitate its preservation.
The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved legislation authorizing the license agreement between the Cedar Island Lighthouse and the Suffolk County Parks Department at its June 17 general meeting in Riverhead. This legislation directs the Suffolk County Parks Department to extend the existing license agreement with Lighthouse Inc. through December 31, 2029.
Lighthouse Inc., a nonprofit organization that oversees the lighthouse, will maintain and assist the preservation of Cedar Island Lighthouse. The new agreement with the county was necessary to enhance the nonprofit’s ability to raise funds and assist in the restoration of the Cedar Island Lighthouse.
This resolution also allows for two rooms of the renovated lighthouse to become a bed and breakfast. All revenues collected from this B&B will help with the maintenance costs. A living space for the lighthouse keeper will also be provided under this agreement.