EAST MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A beloved landmark on Long Island is back nearly eight months after it was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Marcia Baltz and her husband built a red and white miniature lighthouse featuring a real revolving light as a birthday gift for their daughter 40 years ago.
It remained in their backyard on Bayview Place in East Massapequa ever since, marking the way home for boaters over the years.
“They come driving by and say, ‘Your lighthouse is wonderful, you don’t know how good it is to spot it at night, especially when it’s a bad night,'” Baltz said.
But the lighthouse was washed away and destroyed by the Oct. 29 storm.
“After Sandy, it was the first time I’ve gone that long and couldn’t see it; I couldn’t stand it,” Baltz said.
The lighthouse was rebuilt and last week a 16-foot-tall replica, built by carpentry students from a Westbury high school, was put in the backyard.
“It really got to be something over the years, we just never knew that a surprise for a child was going to turn into a landmark,” Baltz said.
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