Light tower off Cape Hatteras up for auction

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CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — It needs serious work, but a light tower off Cape Hatteras is up for auction.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the Diamond Shoals Light Tower is being auctioned as surplus property. It’s located 13 miles off Cape Hatteras and is called a “Texas tower” because it resembles an oil platform more than a lighthouse.

There are some drawbacks. According to the General Services Administration, potential buyers will not be able to inspect the tower because a 2010 inspection showed the deck could be unsafe for helicopter landings and the stairs from the waterline are damaged.

Still, the agency is accepting sealed bids until Aug. 31. The minimum bid is $15,000.

The platform includes a living area of 5,000 square feet. That includes five bedrooms, a kitchen, an office and storage space.
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