BOCC puts in claim on lighthouse

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

And, he added, he had been approached by an individual willing to make “a sizeable donation” to the effort to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park.

Yeager said he is caught in something of a dilemma. He has constituents on the cape that want the lighthouse to remain located on the cape and he has constituents within the city that want the lighthouse moved to the city to become part of a bayfront park.

“Our number one goal is to preserve it,” Yeager said. “I personally don’t have a preference, but I have constituents who have different opinions. These are the kind of decisions you have to make in this office.

“What I’ve suggested to (Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson) is let’s have a public meeting. We need to have public input and try to reach a consensus.”


A discussion initiated by Butler concerning the possibility of hiring something of a “utility” employee to work across several offices became a debate about the direction of the consolidated Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council model commissioners created more than a year ago.

Butler said county staff was already overwhelmed and heading toward a significant problem with several key department heads – Joe Danford in Public Works, David Richardson with the Building and Planning Department and Butler – are within five years of retirement.

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