The Story of the Tuna Point Lighthouse, Faro De Punta Tuna, Maunabo, Puerto Rico
The Founder of this organization is George Van Parys. George has worked for years with many branches of the US Goverment, including, the USCG, Navy, NOAA, & NWS. He has multiple engineering degrees, as well as large amounts of specialty training. Many of his family members have been involved in one way or another with the marine industry, for generations, from charter boats, to marine service companies, to commercial fishing, crabbing, and oyster boats. His knowledge of marine navigation predates today's modern electronics, as he learned with a compass and stop watch, although he is expert with either. For example he unofficially had his 365 documented days for his masters license before the age of 17. George is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Responsible for the design and Project Management of the largest installations of Robotics, Automation, and Quality Control on the North American Continent. Designed and implemented projects up to over 80 million dollars (individually) in the US, Puerto Rico, and 10 foreign countries. Extensive experience in Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Sterile Syringes, Plastic Injection and Blow molding, and Glass. System designs include the capability to read printing with a computer, the ability to robotically package with over 1200 variations, the ability to analyze if a container will fail years in the future, the processes for drugs like Advil. Currently involved in engineering, design, and implementation for regulated Industries throughout the US & Puerto RIco inclusive of Pharmaceutical, Bio-Tech, Food and Beverage, and Chemical Mfg.
TUNA POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Working to attain and reconstruct the Tuna Point Light House
"Faro De Punta Tuna" & protect the US coastline
I am writing you today on a subject where I have no experience whatsoever
and am looking for some guidance.
On a recent to Puerto Rico my wife and I had occasion to visit the GSA
property that is the Tuna Point Light House in Maunabo Puerto Rico. At
least the USCG says its yours, although it seems to be part of the NPS.
We are partial owners of a large marine supply corporation, and marine
and nautical things such as lighthouses are of great interest to
us. We were somewhat stunned at the condition of the facility. We know
that the USCG had been under some extreme cost cutting constraints (we
supply many USCG stations with parts and electronics), and we are aware
that some of the facilities have been let go a bit, but this is a tragedy.
The concrete is literally crumbling apart, the facility has obviously been
broken into by vandals, the boards securing the windows have been pried off
to provide illegal access. The concrete along the roofline is falling down
and I would worry the light may be in jeopardy of collapse. Quite frankly
who knows what is going on there, as the facility is not secure. So many
people are accessing the facility on a daily basis that local vendors have
set up food stands to sell refreshments to the people crawling thru the
fence taking pieces of the building home for souvenirs. As an electrical
engineer by training, I can tell you that the electrical connections to the
facility are no longer safe as even the access covers have been removed. I
have no idea what conditions exist inside the building as I was not going
to follow the path of others, and was only looking thru the fence, but I
can only assume there must be damage and I question if the secondary
generator is still functional. What I would not have given, to be able to
just get a hammer and nails to board up the windows, that were pried open.
Sir, this is not meant to be a tirade nor a letter on who is at fault, it
is a question for direction. It pains us to see this type of thing going
on to what once was such a beautiful facility.
Excerpts from the first letter to the GSA
And let me tell you we copied the world on this letter, in the GSA, USCG, and NPS.
5 people from the
2 people from NPS
4 people from GSA
THE KEY RESPONCE
Thank you for your interest in U.S. Coast Guard property Punta Tuna
Lighthouse. Please note that a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Punta
Tuna Lighthouse has not yet been released. GSA is coordinating with the
National Park Service and the Coast Guard to establish the appropriate time
to release the NOA. As such, the disposal process that GSA administers, in
accordance with the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000
(NHLPA), has not yet begun.
Pursuant to the NHLPA, properties such as the Punta Tuna Lighthouse, may be
transferred to federal agencies, state and local governments, non-profit
corporations and community development organizations for park
and recreation, cultural and historic, and educational use through a
competitive, merit-based application process.
THE MISSION TO BE UNDERTAKEN
The mission of the Tuna Point Lighthouse Association is the historic preservation of this lighthouse. To accomplish this, the following objectives are included:
Attain stewardship of the lighthouse thru the GSA.
Establish media information to promote efforts toward the preservation of the lighthouse through thru multiple web sites, live interactive cameras from the lighthouse, and media press releases reaching millions of people world wide.
To in whatever way possible undertake the restoration and preservation of lighthouse, lighthouse artifacts, and documentation on the lighthouse.
This includes preserving and protecting the historic character and landscape of the lighthouse. Protecting the natural environment of the light station property for future use of the light station property for education programs of island and maritime history and culture, arts and the study of the ecology for the benefit of the general public; promoting historic preservation, land protection and stewardship.
This also includes broader activities related to historic preservation, cultural promotion and preservation, environmental education, natural resources conservation, scholarship, environmental policy and scientific research in and around the lighthouse area.
To endeavor to raise funds for this mission through donations, membership fees, grants as authorized for exempt organizations under Section 509 of the Internal Revenue Code.
This site is dedicated to the lighthouse restoration and lighthouse preservation of the Punta Tuna lighthouse. This USCG Lighthouse is considered part of the National Park Service, as it is one of the Puerto Rico National Historic Lighthouses. It is known but many names including, Tuna Point lighthouse, Point Tuna lighthouse, Faro de Punta Tuna, and Maunabo lighthouse. The Point Tuna Lighthouse is located in Maunabo, Puerto Rico and this site contains, lighthouse pictures, lighthouse photos, lighthouse blueprints, lighthouse facts, lighthouse images from space, weather at the lighthouse, Maunabo weather and weather for all of Puerto Rico. There is also detailed information, on the Maunabo Wetland area, and plans for the coastal security of the United States.
America's maritime lighthouse heritage...
...is about the people and communities that built ships, shipped goods, sailed ships, kept lights, rescued wrecks, fished waters, and kept the sea lanes open
...is about the use of waterways for commerce, transportation, defense, and recreation
...is about the traditions and skills, arts and crafts, artifacts and documents, and buildings, structures, and vessels that reflect our past maritime endeavors
...is what we help to interpret and preserve
To view an example of the camera technology we are talking about go to the link below:
Imagine cameras all over the lighthouse property able to be controled from people all over the world. Giving millions of people the feeling as if they were standing right there. Able to turn and look around, to look out and see what someone standing right there would see.
George Van Parys has lived and worked on and off the island of Puerto Rico periodically since 1987. This is when he first visited and fell in love with the Punta Tuna lighthouse. Unfortunately in recent years he has watched the lighthouse deteriorate increasingly with the passage of time. In April 2006 on a visit to the lighthouse with his wife conditions were so bad he just exploded with emotion. He started writing to anyone and everyone he could think of to see what could be done because he knew something had to be done.
The Lighthouse is located at the tip of land shown on this map at the end of Puerto Maunabo.
SAMPLE OF PAST LOCATIONS OF PROJECTS OF THE TPLI STAFF.
Large manufacturing plant Guayama, Puerto Rico. Plant built from the ground up and including installation and start up of all machinery. Plant won awards for highest level of automation on the island.
Large manufacturing plant Hammonton, New Jersey. Large additions put onto plant as well as many ground breaking installations of automation and inspection technology.
Large manufacturing plant Richmond, Virginia. Large additions put onto plant as well as many ground breaking installations of automation and inspection technology.
Large manufacturing plant Elkhart, Indiana. Test site for new packaging line designs and technology.
Large manufacturing plant Millville, New Jersey. Major rebuild to manufacturing and packaging machinery totaling over 70 million dollars. Cutting edge designs and technology utilized.
TPLI is always involved with new projects around the world dealing with cutting edge technology and advancements in processes and manufacturing. We have worked closely with many Government agencies and have many in-house capabilities. No project is to big or to small for us to handle.