Ever dreamed of a place on the water in the Florida Keys? Now's your chance
If you've ever dreamed of having a place in the Keys, on the water, with no neighbors nearby, this might be your chance.
But be warned: these places need some fixing up. Millions of dollars' worth of fixing up.
The federal government has put three of the historic reef lights in the Keys up for auction. Carysfort L ight is about six nautical miles off Key Largo in the Upper Keys. Sombrero Key L ight is about 7 miles off Marathon, in the Middle Keys. And American Shoal Lighthouse is six miles off Sugarloaf Key, in the Lower Keys.
The bidding closes on April 22 for Carysfort, April 29 for Sombrero and May 6 for American Shoal.
The lighthouses were built on the reef in the mid-19th century, to warn ships away from the Keys reef. All three are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They're currently listed at $15,000 each.
They have quarters built into the structure, where the lighthouse keepers used to live.
Recent inspections found each of the lighthouses is in fair condition. But they need some work. Between $2.2 million (for Carysfort) and $2.8 million (for Sombrero).
The structures themselves are the only parts that will be conveyed — not the underlying submerged land. They're located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
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