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Statue of Liberty Reopens on Fourth of July

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since Superstorm Sandy, the Statue of Liberty opened to visitors on July 4.

According to USA Today, the first ferries to Liberty Island arrived at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday with guests able to purchase tickets via the Internet, over the phone or in person at the ferry station.

While the statue and its base were not damaged by Sandy, the docks and pathways were flooded and required repairs. The framework of the statue itself enabled the monument to withstand the intense winds, says USA Today.

USA Today also reports that access to the crown of the statue was sold out for Independence Day. Lines on Thursday stretched for blocks with people trying to catch a ferry to Liberty Island.

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Change to Security Policy for Statue of Liberty Visits Proposed 

Medioimages/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- The National Park Service intends to change its security screening plan for the Statue of Liberty and several prominent New Yorkers are up in arms.

Currently, visitors to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located, are screened before they get on to the boats that take them to the island. The same is true for visitors to Ellis Island. The National Park Service proposes changing it so that visitors would be screened when they arrive on the islands.

Many think that the change poses a safety risk.

 “The Statue of Liberty is a national symbol but unfortunately in this world of terrorism, it's also a natural target,” said NYPD Chief Ray Kelly.

“I don't think it's wise to shift the screening from Manhattan to the potential target,” he said.

“It's sort of saying we're going to screen people at airports after they get off the plane rather than before they get on the plane,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who also opposes the change.
The pre-boarding screenings were first put in place after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In any case, there have been no tours to the Statue of Liberty recently. The island was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, but it is set to reopen July 4.

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Statue of Liberty Closes Indefinitely After Superstorm Sandy

Medioimages/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- The Statue of Liberty is closed again.  It shut down Monday as a result of superstorm Sandy, a day after its grand reopening.

"Due to conditions created by Hurricane Sandy, Statue of Liberty National Monument will be closed until further notice," the alert on the National Park Service website reads.

The website gives no further detail, but a message on the Statue of Liberty's Facebook page reads:

"The Statue of Liberty National Monument, encompassing both Liberty and Ellis Islands, will be CLOSED through Saturday, November 3rd. Please refer to our FB page and our Twitter feed @StatueLibrtyNPS for information regarding plans for Sunday.  Our maintenance crews have a huge challenge in pumping water and clearing debris from the islands, but the conditions at the screening facilities in Battery Park, NY, and Liberty State Park, NJ, will also affect operations."

In a storm-damage report published by the National Park Service on Wednesday, the agency said of the situation on Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island: "All electrical and mechanicals on Ellis Island are underwater; a fuel tank has been dislodged. Liberty Island may have lost all high voltage equipment."

Lady Liberty had just reopened its interior on Sunday after a year-long, $30 million renovation.  Sunday was the statue's 126th birthday.

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Statue of Liberty to Close for Yearlong Renovation Project

Medioimages/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- Those planning to visit the Statue of Liberty should do so before the end of October.  The National Park Service is closing the popular New York tourist attraction for a year-long renovation project that will cost $27.25 million.

The statue was last closed following the Sept. 11 attacks for safety reasons, but the National Park Service re-opened the monument, with the exception of the crown, three years later.  In 2009, the crown was re-opened to tourists in limited numbers.  At its re-opening, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar promised upgrades would be made to the monument to make it more safe and accessible.

On Wednesday, Secretary Salazar announced plans to make good on his promise for Lady Liberty's makeover project.

"With today's announcement, we are taking a major step in bringing a 19th-century icon into the 21st-century," Salazar said Wednesday.

The renovations, to be completed by the Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corporation of Pine Brook, N.J., will include new stairways within the monument, updates to mechanical and electrical systems, new elevators and bathrooms and increased access for visitors.

The Statue of Liberty will remain open to the public through Oct. 28, the 125th anniversary of the monument's dedication.  Work on the statue will begin Oct. 29.  The National Park Service says Liberty Island will remain open to visitors for the duration of the renovation.

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