MTA signs an additional 10-year lease on Meldrum Bay lighthouse

MELDRUM BAY—The good news is that much of the renovation work needed on the Meldrum Bay lighthouse has been completed and the Manitoulin Tourism Association (MTA) has signed on to an additional 10-year lease.

“We usually sign five-year leases,” noted Shelba Millette, MTA operations manager, “but in order to apply for funding for some of the renovations we still need, we have to have at least a 10-year lease in place.”

The lighthouse itself is still owned by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

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The news on the lighthouse is generally good, with as many as three qualified couples vying for the opportunity to manage the operation next year.

The MTA, noted Ms. Millette, is dedicated to keeping the lighthouse in the Island’s tourism mix.

“That’s the job at the MTA,” she said. “We do whatever we can to assist.”

Ms. Millette said that while there are plenty of challenges still ahead, particularly with raising the unfunded balance of the $400,000 renovation wish list going forward, the response (and commitment) from a number of funding agencies has been very positive.

“Where there is a will there is a way,” she said.