State historical agency starts monitoring lighthouse for vibrations from SpaceX tests

By: Christian von Preysing

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With the SpaceX Boca Chica facility five miles away from it, officials are addressing concerns that vibrations and blasts from rocket launches could impact the historical Port Isabel Lighthouse.

The Texas Historical Commission said a vibration monitor was installed on the lighthouse to make sure it stays standing.

The lighthouse has been an object of pride in Port Isabel for the last century and a half.

"We've been working with our partners with the Texas Historical Commission to have monitoring in place for our historic structures to make sure they're not impacted by the launches and if they are, that we have the appropriate measures to address that damage,” Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema said.

The hope is that space flight and local history can endure.

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