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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:26

Dec. 2 races will be held on same day as Port’s downtown Christmas events

    Efforts to raise money to restore Port Washington’s landmark lighthouse will take a dash forward when the inaugural Frosty Lighthouse Five run and walk is held in December, Mayor Tom Mlada announced recently.
    The event, which will feature five-mile and five-kilometer routes, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, the same day as Port Main Street Inc.’s Christmas on the Corner celebration.
    “Hopefully, we’ll have a great crowd,” Mlada said. “People can come down to the race, have lunch downtown and hopefully start their shopping before Christmas on the Corner starts.”
    The race will begin at Veterans Memorial Park, said Mlada, with registration set for 9 a.m. and the race scheduled for 10 a.m.
    The routes will take participants on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail to the north side of the city, and through portions of the north bluff area.
    Information and registration are available at www.portwashington.recdesk.com.
    Port Washington officials have been waiting for word from the federal government that the city has been granted ownership of the Art Deco-style lighthouse, which has graced the harbor since 1935.
    The Coast Guard announced three years ago that it was seeking a new owner for the lighthouse, and the city almost immediately agreed to seek ownership of the structure.
    The city’s bid to obtain the lighthouse has been tentatively approved by the federal government.
    If the city is granted ownership of the structure, the city will need to take over maintenance of the lighthouse. The most pressing needs, officials said, are replacing the porthole windows and repainting the structure.
    The windows are expected to cost $25,000, while painting is estimated to cost as much as $1 million. That’s due, in part, to the fact the structure is encased in lead-based paint.
    The city is also seeking to have the lighthouse placed on the National Register of Historic Places.Daily Press