Shining light

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

As an observer who has watched the effort to save the Cape San Blas Lighthouse play out over the past decade – not the past few months as some would assert – the recent wrangling has an echo of humor.

For much of the past decade the city of Port St. Joe and the Board of County Commissioners paid scant attention to the lighthouse and grounds.

The folks at the St. Joseph Historical Society put the shoulder to the wheel and did all the heavy lifting to restore a keeper’s quarters and the lighthouse and create a tour and gift shop.

That is their hard work; there is little other credit, at least locally, to spread around despite efforts otherwise.

But the effort to save the lighthouse has created just another rub between the city and county and no matter the efforts of citizens to disengage from that concept, the reality is there is little respect lost between the BOCC and city commissioners.

The BOCC has pretty much dictated that, as occured Tuesday when BOCC meeting time was again wasted on axe-grinding having nothing to do with county business, with a racial tinge for effect.

Some clarifications are required, however.

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