Free to a good home: Two Rhode Island lighthouses

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The Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, R.I. Jeremy d'Entremont

PROVIDENCE — They have sweeping ocean views and historic significance, but after decades of service, the Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown and Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly are no longer needed by the US Coast Guard, the Globe’s Amanda Milkovits reports.

The two lighthouses are being offered for free to qualifying public entities, the General Services Administration announced Thursday.

Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, those who can apply to own the lighthouses at no cost include government agencies, nonprofits, educational agencies or community development organizations, or groups dedicated to parks and recreation and cultural or historic preservation.

If there is no one recommended to be a steward of these lighthouses, the GSA will sell the properties according to procedures in the lighthouse preservation act, which is generally by auction, said spokesman Paul Hughes. Right now, neither are available for public sale.

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