Edward M. Langille wrote into a local paper asking how the federal government was "allowed to disfigure the natural and traditional beauty of our seacoast." He also provided the following description of the lighthouse.
For those not acquainted with the village of Fishermanís Harbour, the former lighthouse was a pretty white wooden frame structure set on a spit of gravel and rock at the entrance to the harbour. It was a small lighthouse, almost a miniature. It was a charming landmark.
The effect of that humble building against the dramatic backdrop of sky and the rugged seacoast was quintessential Nova Scotia, a painterís dream, the kind of picture seen on a tourist brochure.
The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society was apparently aware of the planned destruction of the lighthouse, but with so many lighthouses dotting the province's shore, the society simply doesn't have enough resources to save every lighthouse.
A modern tower was erected to replace the wooden lighthouse.