Visitors to The Port Isabel Lighthouse will have to wait less than a week to go to the top.
The 13-month long restoration is now complete. Public access is expected on January 2nd.
This week, the City of Port Isabel gives News Center 23 a first look at the newly restored site.
Valerie Bates – Marketing Director Port Isabel says interest for the lighthouse has picked up ever since the scaffolding came off in mid-December. “Even though the lighthouse was not officially open, a lot of folks have been interested in the lighthouse grounds and photo opportunities,” says Bates.
News Center was the first media outlet inside the Lighthouse. Repairs were done both inside and out.
Some of the most notable changes include outer wall repairs, replaced glass, and restoration to the balcony.
“The big difference, since 2014 the catwalk was closed. Visitors were unable to go outside and take a look around,” says Bates.
Back in January 2016 Museum Director Janie Flores told us the balcony was closed due to safety concerns. She said, “It was much needed work. The balcony was already corroded it was falling to pieces.”
The Lighthouse will open on Tuesday, January 2, starting at 9 AM. Visitors will have to pay admission cost to get in… and for the first time since 2014, they will be able to go out into the balcony. Bates tells us the lighthouse may only close on days with inclement weather as balcony access may pose a hazard for some visitors.
Activities once at the lighthouse such as local movie viewings and Market Days are expected to return to the site.
In addition to the opening in January. The City of Port Isabel is planning a grand opening ceremony that sometime mid-January. No official date has been set for said ceremony.