B&B Over the Ocean to Open in Spring 2011

October 14th, 2010 by Mariah

B&B Over the Ocean to Open in Spring 2011



In August, Richard Neal paid $85,000 for a decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard tower 25 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Neal plans to turn Frying Pan Shoals Light Station into a bed and breakfast, catering to fishermen, divers and others seeking a one-of-a-kind getaway — and he is now accepting reservations, although the inn will not open until spring 2011.




The tower is being refurbished with seven private rooms, each with an ocean view. Reservations are only being accepted for the entire tower, Thursday through Sunday. According to the Light Station’s web site, “The interest from groups and individuals has been overwhelming to say the least.”




The tower sits 60 feet above the ocean; it is anchored to the ocean floor by four steel legs. Among the renovations planned by Neal is the installation of solar and wind power. He recently told the Wilmington (North Carolina) Star News that although he plans to accept guests next spring, renovations — estimated to cost more than $1.3 million, an amount Neal said could be cut by 75 percent with the help of volunteers — will not be complete until a year later.