The lights on top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse should be back on within two weeks.
Malfunctioning motors that turn the lights were the cause for the U.S. Coast Guard to shut the lights down on March 1. New motors have been bought and will be installed by the Coast Guard, said Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Jasnoch.
“There’s been a dropoff on people coming to night tours of the lighthouse. But we are still getting good attendance overall,” said Jamie Stuve, president and CEO of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.
The public tours of the lighthouse are continuing while the lights are out, Stuve said.
The Coast Guard, which owns and maintains the lighthouse, has received the two new motors. The lighthouse will be reopened after they are installed.
“The Coast Guard will do the installation of the motors. We are formulating a plan now,” Jasnoch said.
First lighted in 1860, the lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers tours up the 105 steps to the top of the lighthouse.
Along with being an aid to navigation, the lighhouse is a local landmark.
This past September, the lighthouse was bathed in blue as a memorial for the death of Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent, a 20-year veteran of the force who was killed when his motorcycle was struck during President Barack Obama’s motorcade. The red brick structure also was bathed in blue in July to mark the death of Jupiter Councilman Bob Friedman. The lighthouse waspink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
For information on programs and events, visit jupiterlighthouse.org.