Stamas applauds lighthouse grant for Thunder Bay Island

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday applauded the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society for being one of three historic lighthouses in the state to earn a Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program (MLAP) grant.

Funding for the program comes from the sale of specialty Save Our Lights license plates that can be purchased at any Michigan secretary of state branch office.

“Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, and drivers choosing to buy the Save Our Lights license plate are able to help rehabilitate and preserve these historic structures for years to come,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This grant will enable the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society to continue their efforts to protect and restore the entire lighthouse property for enjoyment by residents and tourists.”

The Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society will receive a $60,000 grant from the State Historic Preservation Office toward the replacement of the Thunder Bay Island Fog Signal Building roof with a historically correct metal shingle roof.

For more information about the grant program, visit