Fire Control Tower #3 begins next phase of restoration

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, the Fort Miles Historical Association and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation was set to enter the next phase of World War II Artillery Fire Control Tower #3 restoration this week. Tower #3 is located within Delaware Seashore State Park, on Route 1 just south of Dewey Beach.

Starting Oct. 15, the iconic blue lights were to go dark as exterior restorations began. Lights will be re-installed after the improvements are completed.

Part of the Phase II work is to remove about 2 feet of sand from the 1962 storm. That sand currently blocks the tower entrance.

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and the Fort Miles Historical Association in partnership with DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation have made significant progress raising $665,000 of the projected $1,000,000 needed, due to donors including: the Longwood Foundation, Crystal Trust Foundation, Marmot Foundation, Fulton Bank, Welfare Foundation, First Shore Bank, Delaware Community Foundation, Laffey McHugh Foundation, Creative Resource Group, Focus Multisports/ Coastal Delaware Running Festival, State of Delaware through the Bond Bill appropriation for Historic Sites, Veterans Administration for Delaware and many small businesses and individuals.

As they begin this next phase of restoration, organizers of the efforts said they are aggressively working toward raising the remaining $335,970 required to complete the project.

“Opening Tower #3 to the general public will promote tourism, interpretive educational programs and social events within Delaware Seashore State Park and Coastal Delaware,” they said.

For more information or to donate, visit www.restorethetower.org.