Lighthouse move angered many

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM.

Moving the lighthouse off the Cape which destroys its history is like moving the Wewahitchka Courthouse to be part of the city’s amusement park.

Second is the cost for taxpayers, all state, federal and local funds in the city or county’s coffers are taxpayer money. I had initially said the cost of moving would be $900,000-$1 million, the Mayor sent me a scathing email claiming the maximum cost was $325,000. To date over $700,000 has been spent or obligated and the units are not moved to town yet.

The City Commission does not know how much their bottom line really is. It will ultimately be close to the $1 million and continue to cost them in the future.

Now, the new state grant to the City will require that you (the BOCC) agree to the new location in town. We are not asking you to vote against that when you are asked by the City Commission.

We are asking you to pass a motion today simply stating that you believe the Cape San Blas Lighthouse should have remained on the Cape at Salinas Park and the county will not offer any financial or manpower support from any funds to move or provide future support to the City of St. Joe Lighthouse to the City.

Dr. Pat Hardman

President, Coastal Community Association

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