By Jesse Scardina
KITTERY, Maine – The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association is hosting a flotilla from Fort McClary to the island on Saturday, raising awareness for the nonprofit’s plan to restore the station for public use.
WILSSA has been raising funds to restore the life-saving station, which has fallen into disrepair, first by renovating the exterior. Through several federal grants and private donations, more than $700,000 has been raised for repairs.
“This is a rare example of a rare type of building,” said Sam Reid, chairman of WILSSA. “Funding is in place to repair and clean the exterior of the building.”
Reid said the ultimate goal of WILSSA is to restore the entirety of the building and island, renovating it as a maritime museum and keeping it open to the public.
The life-saving organization and the Town Council are in negotiations on preservation covenants and concession agreements.
Those interested in floating along are encouraged to visit woodislandflotilla.org. The event will run from 4 to 5 p.m. with a reception following the float.