Two meetings this week seeking public comments to repair the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and surrounding landscape

By on September 27, 2021

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. (Photo credit: NPS Photo/Kurt Moses)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is preparing a plan for a project to repair the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and surrounding landscape. The public can assist the Seashore in identifying issues, concerns and opportunities to be considered as part of an environmental assessment. The public comment period is 30 days, starting Sept. 17 and ending Oct. 17, 2021.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse repair project is necessary because there are deteriorated interior and exterior elements of the lighthouse that need repair or replacement. There are also missing character-defining features and additional modern treatments that have diminished the integrity of the lighthouse. In addition, heavy visitation to the site, combined with limited formal pedestrian walkways, has resulted in patches of bare soil and an unclear circulation route along which to visit the site.

Read the public scoping newsletter for a detailed list of issues, and three preliminary alternatives.

As part of the public comment period, the Seashore will host two meetings: one in-person meeting (RSVPs required, see details below) and one virtual meeting. You are invited to attend these meetings to learn more about the project scope, issues, alternatives and ask questions.


Meeting 1 (in person)

Sept. 28 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Auditorium, Cape Hatteras Secondary School (48576 Highway 12, Buxton, N.C.)
  • For everyone’s safety, the following COVID-19 mitigations will be implemented:
  • In-person attendance is limited to the first 50 persons. Seating available on first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to secure seating by sending an email to In the email, provide your first name, last name and how many guests will attend with you.
  • Masks must be worn inside the building.
  • Seating will be six feet apart.


Meeting 2 (virtual)

Sept. 29 from 6-7 p.m.

For additional information on the project and webinar registration, visit:





  • Earl

    Thank you. But with global satellite GPS, the usefulness of the structure has likely run its course. Better to decommission the structure in 2022 and sell the land to a national developer for luxury homes & condos, a new high-end shopping center, and family gaming such as mini golf and the like.

    Tuesday, Sep 21 @ 12:51 pm
  • Jimmy Hook

    Earl…. can you not disrespect the lighthouses please?

    Thursday, Sep 30 @ 6:37 pm