The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands are making up for lost time this Summer as they will be busy revamping some of Plum Island’s treasured structures. The FOPPI organization is calling on Mihm Contracting from Michigan to work on the rear and front range lights. The project funding received a $200,000 boost from the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund.
They are currently in the process of removing lead-based paint, sandblasting, and repairing steel on the rear range lights. FOPPI Board member, Paul Schumacher says the rear range light has probably held up better than any building on the island, even though it was built in 1896. Contractors will move to the front range light after completing their current task, where they will also repaint that structure. Other repairs include replacing the windows. They are expected to complete the entire project in June. Schumacher says the grant was critical in pushing these renovations forward.
The project has been in the works for some time, as it was delayed in 2020. Later this Summer, FOPPI will see work continue on Plum Island when the signal building has its roof replaced.