Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Iconic Grand River lighthouse auction begins

The iconic lighthouse located along the federal government's west breakwater and adjacent to Headlands Beach State Park has so far seen just one active bidder.

This lighthouse officially goes by the name of Fairport Harbor lighthouse though it is not in that community. Thus, it also is called the Grand River-west lighthouse.

It is being auctioned as surplus government property with the bidding process having started Monday. So far there has been one bid received: This one for the minimum asking price of $15,000.

The bidder's name is not given with just a computer-type legend being given; that being, "OldSalt2." The name of whomever actually buys the property will be revealed at the time of the sale.

No closing date for the auction has been established by the U.S. General Services Administration. However, the federal government will conduct a tour of the lighthouse on Wednesday, August 25 for those who have placed an active bid.

Last year Mentor developer Jerome Osborne bought the lighthouse but was found in default for not acquiring a required U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's permit. He forfeited his $10,000 deposit.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn


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