COAST GUARD

San Diego Coast Guard Debuts New Point Loma Lighthouse at Ceremony

The lighthouse's rededication honors the history of the light station becoming a Coast Guard installation

U.S. Coast Guard

The San Diego Coast Guard held a rededication ceremony for the New Point Loma Lighthouse.

The light, which is over 100 years old, was revealed by the Coast Guard at Cabrillo National Park.

This rededication recognized the light station's service career and honors its history as a Coast Guard installation. The event was scheduled to take place last year, but was postponed due to COVID-19.

Photos: San Diego Coast Guard Debuts New Point Loma Lighthouse at Ceremony

The lighthouse temporarily ran on a power system from April 2017 to March 2020, however, Coast Guard members have been renovating the lighthouse for approximately three years, spending over $2 million to restore the navigational aid.

San Diego officials and leaders present at the ceremony included Mayor Todd Gloria, U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, the Eleventh Coast Guard District Commander Rear Admiral Brian K. Penoyer, Capt. Timothy J. Barelli, the Coast Guard Sector San Diego commander, and Superintendent of the National Park Service Cabrillo National Monument Andrea Compton.

“Every time you see this light flash, know that lives are being saved, trade and travelers are flowing through our marine transit system, illegal drugs are prevented from entering our great nation and sailors are welcomed home,” said Capt. Barelli, the Coast Guard Sector San Diego commander. 

The light was first lit in March 1891 and the ceremony coincides with the fourth anniversary of San Diego becoming a Coast Guard city.

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