SI man buys NJ lighthouse for $90,000

A Staten Island man has purchased a lighthouse off Sandy Hook, N.J. for $90,000 because, he said, it may have been the first thing his immigrant grandparents saw when coming upon Ellis Island, Crain’s reported.

John Scalia, who bought the lighthouse at an auction from the U.S. General Services Administration, will allow the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island to give tours of property. He may even invest $80,000 more of his own funds to renovate the lighthouse and make necessary repairs.

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“I’ve been very lucky in my life,” Scalia said. “This is a way for me to give back to the community, to the country.”

Scalia tried to buy a different lighthouse two years ago, Crain’s said, but the deal fell through. [Crain’s]

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