If They’re Not Careful, the Non-Profit Lighthouse Museum Will Have to Start Attracting Visitors to Pay Their Bills

Rockland lighthouse museum

Rockland lighthouse museumROCKLAND, Maine — It is a dark time for the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, and the volunteers who run it are desperately hoping to find a clear path through the financial straits that are imperiling the nonprofit’s future. “We’ve been paying as best we can for years,” volunteer board chairman Paul Dilger said of the museum’s efforts to cover bills that include a $3,500 per month mortgage and $3,000 per month to its condominium association. “It’s never been enough. We just can’t sustain it.” The problem really started almost a decade ago, Dilger said, when the museum’s board of directors voted in favor of joining a three-way condominium group to purchase 1 Park Drive in Rockland for the price of $575,000. It was 2007, and the midcoast economic climate was shifting. Credit card giant MBNA, which had owned the downtown building and done some work to upgrade it, initially had intended to let the museum use the space for free. But the company was sold to Bank of America, which offered to sell it to the museum and two other entities instead. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)