BOCC debates lighthouse award; sets EDC workshop

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

She urged the BOCC to protest the decision and to let the federal government know the county still wanted the lighthouse for Salinas Park.

Julia Cunningham said once the lighthouse, which has stood on the cape for some 200 years, was moved to the city the “history will be lost.”

Particularly outspoken about the proposed move to the city was Betty McNeill, who served on the lighthouse committee with the St. Joseph Historical Society when that group was seeking grant funds to preserve the keepers’ quarters and lighthouse.

McNeill was not present when the Historical Society recently voted unanimously in support of the move to the city, but said she saw the city’s action as “a covetous, greedy land grab.”

“I am shocked that this could come up,” McNeill said. “A mistake has been made and I think with effort a mistake can be corrected.

“I don’t think the lighthouse should be taken off the cape. I am shocked, surprised and certainly disappointed that the city would steal something that belongs on the south end of the county.”

Commissioner Warren Yeager said the BOCC should send a letter to the National Park Services saying if the city could not fulfill its obligations to move the lighthouse, the county should be considered next in line.

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