According to a July 9 article in the New York Times, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) board has voted to give an amount not to exceed $3.5 million to the Municipal Art Society to recreate Tribute in Light, the twin beam memorial that commemorates the anniversary of September 11, for the next five years. The Society will purchase and maintain the 88 searchlights, which have a 40-year lifespan and form the two columns of light. The memorial was originally illuminated on March 11, 2002, six months after the terrorist attacks, appearing every evening for approximately one month. In August 2003, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York State governor George Pataki announced this memorial would be brought back each year; and it was on September 11, 2003. However, with the rebuilding efforts well underway at the World Trade Center site, maintaining a location for the searchlights has proved difficult. Almost an acre of staging area is needed to create the two 50-foot-square arrays. The initial location in Battery Park City at West and Vesey Streets is the future location for the new headquarters of Goldman Sachs. Adding to the difficulty each year is finding a supplier and donors to pick up the $700,000 tab for this single evening tribute.