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Angels Gate Lighthouse fans beaming

May 29, 2010 | 11:08 am

Angels Gate Lighthouse

Nearly 100 years of being battered by the waves, winds and rain, to say nothing of the sea gulls, have taken its toll on the Angels Gate Lighthouse at the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor.

The paint is peeling and its iron walls have rusted. The cornice has pulled away and hangs sadly. Inside the 73-foot-tall lighthouse, portions of the floor have rotted where water seeped in.

"That's your first impression if you're traveling by sea to Los Angeles," said businessman Gary Dwight. "It looks terrible."

Now, Dwight and his organization, the Cabrillo Beach Booster Club, are poised to do something about the state of the harbor's sentry. Next month, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission is expected to give the group $1.8 million to begin restoration of the lighthouse.

Read the full story here.

-- Jeff Gottlieb in San Pedro

Photo: Allan Johnson of the Cabrillo Beach Boosters Club looks out at the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater from the light room atop the Angels Gate Lighthouse at the mouth of L.A. Harbor in San Pedro. The group is expecting to get $1.8 million from the Harbor Commission next month to restore the historic lightouse. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times