Waves break over the the Grand Haven south pier lighthouse. File photo from the Associated Press.
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Haven is trying to keep the lights on at one of its best known tourist attractions. Soon Grand Haven will be doing some restoration work on the lighthouse.
Starting in May the lighthouse will be tented to prevent paint from flying everywhere as crews sandblast the paint off for a restoration project. It's all part of a $280,000 lead abatement and repainting project. It's expected to be complete before July's Coast Guard Festival.
The Coast Guard used to operate the lighthouses, but after the federal government decided to no longer care for them, Grand Haven applied to take over the lighthouse and won it back in December.
A transfer ceremony will happen next month by invitation only.