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Lighthouse, seven miles off land, could become tourist attraction

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It may sit seven miles off the shore of Cape May, but one local organization is hoping to make the Brandywine Shoal Light Station a tourist attraction.

The head of the organization, "Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse Incorporated" has applied to the National Park Service to own the lighthouse.  The National Park Service is recommending that the organization takes control of the lighthouse based on applications received.

Jeff Stewart, who also works with Cape May Whale Watchers, says the lighthouse needs a lot of restoration work done before the organization will be able to offer tours and create an education center about the maritime history of the area.

"That's really what the lighthouse signifies. It's the first lighthouse you encounter in the Delaware Bay. It's probably on of the most important. Seven miles from Cape May. It's a super highway out there. 24/7 365 days a year because of shipping traffic," said Stewart.

The Cape May Maritime Museum also applied to own the lighthouse, the museum can appeal the recommendation.

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