The Gateway National Recreation Area took to Facebook to announce the prolonged, but temporary, closing of the Sandy Hook lighthouse.

The plans interfere with the annual New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, taking place October 21-22. Participants try to visit every lighthouse in New Jersey to complete the challenge. Officials said they will do their best to be open for the Lighthouse Challenge, but if the work area poses a risk to the safety of the public, the lighthouse will not be open.

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