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Folly Beach City Council surely reflected community sentiment when it gave those involved with Save the Light Inc. a standing ovation at its meeting last week. Council made the recognition even more meaningful by donating $20,000 for the restoration of the Morris Island Lighthouse - $5,000 more than requested.
Council's allocation of accommodations tax money recognizes the value of the lighthouse to the city and the importance of contributing to its stabilization and repair. Other public bodies should be willing to make similar commitments to help the campaign to save this beloved landmark.
Meanwhile, private contributions are steadily coming to the non-profit citizens group, despite the fact that its fund-raising campaign hasn't really gotten under way. A spokesman for Save the Light estimated that $10,000 already has been contributed, mainly in increments of $25, $50 and $100.
The campaign also has been well received in the state House of Representatives, which has approved $500,000 for the project. A significant grant from the state will ensure that the 127-year-old lighthouse will eventually be turned over to the state in good shape, as Save the Light intends.
Government funds are key to its preservation, but can't be expected to do it all - as shown by Save the Light's involvement in its purchase. Donations may be sent to: Save the Light Inc., P.O. Box 12490, Charleston, S.C. 29422. This is a campaign everyone should be happy to join.