Maybe there is something to that location, location, location adage.

Maybe there is something to that location, location, location adage.

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse located in George Core Park is in the midst of a high-rise year, nearing records for climbs and visitors to the Lighthouse Gift Shop with four months left in the year.

Since moving into Port St. Joe as the land on which it sat on Cape San Blas eroded, threatening the structures which include two keepers’ quarters and an oil house, 2017 the lighthouse complex is establishing benchmarks.

“We had a busy summer in the gift shop and a record number of climbers,” said Linda Graham Wood of the St. Joseph Historical Society, which operates the lighthouse and gift shop.

As of the first week of September, the gift shop and lighthouse complex have entertained nearly 6,900 guests, with nearly 2,900 climbing the tower.

That breaks down to 2,075 adults and 772 children who climbed to take in the most panoramic views in the area.

“I think it has been the location and the dedication of Linda Wood,” said Charlotte Pierce, president of the St. Joseph Historical Society.

Wood is the lighthouse “operations” chief, volunteering to spearhead the operation of gift shop and tower climbs.

“We are blessed to have it in town so tourists can come by and climb it,” Pierce said.

Pierce added that the location makes the lighthouse and complex more accessible and should visitors or locals have a group that wishes to climb, those requests can be more easily accommodated with the lighthouse in George Core Park.

The high tourist months of June and July were particularly impressive this year, with 665 climbers in June and 720 climbers the following month.

Between March and August, the lighthouse attracted at least 221 climbers.

As comparison, in 2016, from January through December, 2,410 adults and children climbed the tower and in 2015, the tower’s first year in Port St. Joe, climbers reached 2,933.

But those 2015 numbers reflect a full year; 2017 attendance and climbers is approaching that heights with time to spare.

Over the past 10 years, those numbers were only approached twice while the lighthouse complex was on the Cape.

In 2012, 3,437 people, including 2,530 adults and 907 children, climbed the lighthouse tower, nearly reaching the high-water mark of 2011 when 3,825 individuals climbed the tower.

Again, however, those were 12-month totals and each of those years included an event that focused on the lighthouse.

NOTE: The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will host three upcoming full moon climbs, Oct. 5 (7-8:30 p.m. ET), Nov. 3 (6:30 until 8 p.m. ET) and Dec. 3 (5:30 until 7 p.m. ET).