Keepers lived in the lighthouse until it was automated in 1959. After that, U.S. Coast Guard members occupied it during bad weather (it is not clear how long they did this). It was sold to a private owner in 2013 and sold again in 2004 to its current owner, developer Frank Sciame, who bought a house owned by actress Katherine Hepburn. He admired the lighthouse from the house for years before deciding to buy it at auction. In 2017, he revealed plans to convert the lighthouse into a clubhouse for his grandchildren.