ISLAMORADA, FLA. (WSVN) - A project aimed at preserving the past got the green light in the Keys.

A community-based organization will be restoring the iconic Alligator Reef Lighthouse in Islamorada.

They said it’ll take five to seven years to complete and could cost up to $9 million.

The lighthouse has been standing since 1873 and used as a navigational aid to help steer ships away from the Keys coral reef chain.

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