I am sad to report that the Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo — once the head lightkeeper’s house at the restored 100-year-old light station — has closed, a victim of the recession. State Parks announced the closure this week in a news release. Opening of the inn in the fall of 2006 marked the end of a restoration of the Point Cabrillo Light Station, which began in 1999. The lighthouse was restored and opened for visitors in 2000. A visitor center, lightkeeper houses and outbuildings — a total of 8 historic structures — were all completed over the next six years. The inn was to have been a revenue generator for continued restoration and maintenance. Unfortunately, the Great Recession intervened.
From State Parks
MENDOCINO, Calif. — The Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK) has announced closing of the Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo effective immediately. Inn occupancy, visitor attendance, and donations have all suffered significant reductions as a result of the current economic downturn.
Further, PCLK has announced that they can no longer afford the continued employment of their Executive Director, Jim Kimbrell. Jim has made significant contributions to Point Cabrillo Light Station, including guiding the award-winning restoration of the Station. PCLK board members call his loss to this community and the PCLK immeasurable.
The Light House Museum and Gift Shop, the Marine Science Exhibit and The Lightkeeper’s Museum will remain open. Whale Festival, scheduled tours and walks, the Education Program and all volunteer-led activities will continue. The PCLK Board of Directors is continuing to work on an operating plan to weather the current economic climate.
Community support will be more critical then ever before to sustain the dream of open public access and full restoration of the property to fully reflect its historical significance. More information on what the local community can do to help will be forthcoming soon as plans for the future are adjusted to the current reality and a vision for better times ahead. You can help the PCLK shape this future by becoming a Volunteer at the Point Cabrillo Light Station, for information please call 964-4235.