BOCC puts in claim on lighthouse

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM.

The Gulf County Board of Commissioners has begun the process of acquiring the Cape San Blas Lighthouse with an eye toward relocation to Salinas Park.

County administrator Don Butler said he had initiated the lengthy application process with Department of Interior to acquire the lighthouse, keepers’ quarters and oil house.

After Eglin Air Force Base declared the lighthouse and property surplus earlier this year, the Dept. of Interior was charged with disposition to an appropriate party for the purposes of creating a public park.

The lighthouse and land is in danger due to coastal erosion. The Air Force approached the city of Port St. Joe early this year about the city’s interest in the property.

County Commissioner Warren Yeager said a committee of residents of St. Joseph Peninsula and Cape San Blas was moving ahead on planning for relocation to Salinas Park.

“We have insurance numbers,” Yeager said. “What we’re still looking at is the exact number to move the lighthouse and place it as Salinas Park.”

Yeager said Butler had looked over the paperwork for Salinas Park and found the lighthouse appropriate for that location.

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