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$77,000 lens to be installed Monday in historic Buffalo Lighthouse

The long-awaited installation of the Buffalo Lighthouse lens will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, the Buffalo Lighthouse Association announced.

The new Fresnel lens is an example of the classic lighthouse lens used in the mid-19th century. The updated version was made from optical acrylic by Dan Spinella of Artworks Florida, which specializes in Fresnel lens reproductions and restoration, said Michael Vogel, Lighthouse Association president.

The $77,000 lens will emit low-level lighting so it won’t be mistaken for a working aid to navigation. Third-order lenses were used in major harbor lights and could be seen 16 miles out.

The public is invited to watch the placement of the lens, which is expected to take much of the day, said Vogel. A $5 gate fee will be charged to help in restoration efforts. People are asked to bring blankets or chairs to sit on.

Active or retired military with ID will be admitted freee. T-shirts marking the 30-year restoration effort will be available for sale.

The lighthouse, which dates from 1833, is located at Lighthouse Point, 1 Fuhrmann Blvd.