In the mid-2000s the lighthouse tower faced much-needed repairs. Time and Nature, two forces that will always be present on the coastal landscape, had brought the property to a point of necessary intervention. In 2007 the board and executive director took steps to find funding for major repairs to the lighthouse, efforts which yielded donations from the community as well as the largest single funding source in organization history an initial $1.2 million grant from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment. With this money tower cracks and infrastructure were restored and the lens was removed from the top of the tower and placed on display in the museum. Additional funds were obtained to later paint the tower, thereby completing the restoration and resulting in the ongoing operation of the site to today.
Coincidental to the restoration were the 100th anniversary of the lighthouse construction (second tower) and the establishment of several hundred acres of the Stornetta dairy lands for public use. The timing couldn t have been better for the restoration, and the success of the project was a tribute to the hard work and good stewardship of the board, which began in 1986 and continues to this day. By the time the Stornetta Lands had gone public, the lighthouse was ready to present a new face to the many visitors that would arrive in the coming years.
The legacy goes on. In 2013 the public lands became a national monument. At the same time visitation to the lighthouse grew to record numbers. As hope became reality and the monument was signed into being in March of that year, the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers were once again preparing the lighthouse property to receive this new level of attention. By tapping into a combination of small grants and savings, the board approved funds for repairs to the historic keepers cottages in the form of new roofs and windows. At the same time the organization was awarded more grants for projects designed to bring advanced technology to the lighthouse experience. Underway as of this writing, two of the major components of the effort are an interactive display featuring mammals of the ocean, and a proposed hydrophone for live listening to the sounds of the sea. Both technologies, planned for installation in the Whale Watch Room, will bring new curiosity to the historic site, and enhance the visitor experience by bringing marine education to the guests of the lighthouse in exciting ways.
To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.