North Wildwood – The United States Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team was on site at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse on July 19, 2018 installing a new VRB-25 rotating beacon, replacing the fixed LED lamp that has been providing aid to mariners since May 12 of this year.
The previous DCB-24 rotating beacon, which operated on the Lighthouse property from 1964 to 2018, malfunctioned on May 11 and was replaced temporarily by the LED lamp.
The new VRB-25 is similar to the beacon currently functioning in the Cape May Point Lighthouse and is visible at an 18-nautical-mile range.
North Wildwood City Council adopted a resolution on June 6 formally requesting the Coast Guard to install a rotating beacon. For its first 50 years, the beacon in the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse tower was a stationary, fixed light. The Lighthouse has had a rotating beacon since 1924.
The Mayor and City Clerk are currently in discussions with the Coast Guard about the possibility of returning the DCB-24 to the City for display in the Lighthouse.