Cape residents urge BOCC to re-engage on lighthouse

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

City staff submitted a request for over $900,000 to the county RESTORE Committee for consideration of the relocation of the lighthouse as a project to be funded by BP fine dollars.

There is no clear path to that money, Cunningham noted, and while she said the city had done a good job of fundraising – a $325,000 state appropriation, $25,000 from Duke Energy and roughly $40,000 through a Save the Lighthouse campaign- the dollars secured fell well short of what was needed.

She expressed concern the city might be able to pull off the lighthouse move while leaving the ancillary buildings behind, destroying the integrity of the lighthouse complex.

Further, Cunningham said roadwork on State 30A will prevent the lighthouse from being moved over land until mid-2015. A proposal to move the lighthouse and buildings by barge has gone nowhere.

City commissioners received two bids on the relocation but threw both out at the request of Mayor Mel Magidson, who said he believed the contractors were ill-equipped and lacked the knowledge to move the lighthouse.

The city is now bidding the relocation in two phases – one to move the lighthouse, the other to move the two keepers’ quarters and oil house. Those bids are to be received next month.

The city has also let out a bid to have the lighthouse lens removed and restored. The lens is owned by the Coast Guard.

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