An old Navy barracks and Coast Guard lookout built on a former piece of the Mendoza family ranch is being handed over to the National Park Service after the death of the longtime lease holders. David Briggs

The Point Reyes National Seashore is on the cusp of taking possession of a historic residence sitting on sandstone cliffs overlooking South Beach, between B and C Ranches, after the couple who held the Reservation of Use and Occupancy died last fall and their children decided to give up the remainder, according to the seashore.

Although the structures, many almost . . .

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