Cape residents urge BOCC to re-engage on lighthouse


Cape residents urged the BOCC this week to become involved again in the Cape San Blas Lighthouse relocation effort. The lighthouse must be moved due to coastal erosion.

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Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

Give the city of Port St. Joe an option out.

The members of the Lighthouse Committee of the Coastal Community Association (CCA) on Tuesday pressed the Board of County Commissioners to engage again in the discussion about the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

Citing the lack of tangible progress by the city in saving the lighthouse by relocating it into the city, Julia Cunningham, Pat Hardman and Betty McNeill asked county commissioners to write a letter saying the county was willing to take over the project.

In short, the BOCC would reassert what it said early this year after the city was awarded the deed for the lighthouse and ancillary buildings by the federal government a year ago – that the BOCC would cooperate in the city’s efforts but was willing to take on the task if need be.

The members of the CCA said that time had arrived.

“I think the clock is running out and there are several insurmountable obstacles that we think we will prevent the city from moving the lighthouse,” Cunningham said.

Those factors include the cost of the move.

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