The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee has received a $10,000 grant from The Permanent Endowment Fund For Martha’s Vineyard. This money will fund the recently completed geotechnical survey and testing activities that will help determine the best relocation site for the historic Gay Head Light, according to a press release.
“We are very grateful to the Permanent Endowment Fund for recognizing the value of this effort,” said Beverly Wright, chair of the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse committee. “This grant award from such a well-respected local foundation continues to build the collective Island-wide support and community spirit behind saving this treasure.”
GEI Consultants conducted testing in and around the cliffs in January. The tests analyzed the composition of soils beneath the lighthouse, potential relocation sites and the move path among the sites. Once the results are evaluated, a recommendation will be made on the optimal sites for relocation of the light. The decision on the final site will be announced at the Aquinnah town meeting on May 13.
The committee’s objective is to move and restore the Gay Head Lighthouse to a location which will sustain it for many generations. The fundraising goal to cover these costs is $3 million.