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I have not been to Barnegat Lighthouse since March of this year. Yesterday, I went there and was surprised by what I saw.

Barnegat Lighthouse being renovated.

The lighthouse is undergoing renovation including recoating the outside, minor repairs to its brick structure, a new inside steel platform, new light, new roof and new windows. The $1.3 million work is supposed to be completed in October of this year. Of course, no one except workers can go inside, and a special walkway to the lighthouse jetty was put in place for visitors to walk a safe distance from the construction activities before reaching the jetty.

As I walked toward the beach, a wild rabbit crossed my path and scurried into the grass. It remained absolutely still as it observed me.

Wild rabbit.
Barnegat Lighthouse as seen from the beach.