Cape residents urge BOCC to re-engage on lighthouse

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

Hardman said the CCA would need to raise another $100,000 or so to facilitate the move to Salinas Park.

Hardman also said the move itself to the city would prove problematic. The owner of Gulf 2 Bay Construction, Hardman said the lighthouse, to be moved would require great care and the more it has to be moved, taken apart, repositioned, etc., would bring greater risk of damage.

“It is complex,” Hardman said. “The thing weighs 120 tons. Any time you move that structure there is a risk.”

The short relocation to Salinas Park would be far safer, she added.

 “It needs to stay on the cape to maintain the historical significance of the lighthouse,” said Betty McNeill, a vocal opponent of the move from the outset. “The county really needs to retain ownership. I want the county to assume responsibility.”

That, Commissioner Warren Yeager said, would also present obstacles.

The federal government has deeded the lighthouse to the city. The city would have to give up the deed. The state appropriation was bestowed on the city. Those dollars, along with those raised during the Save the Lighthouse campaign, would have to be transferred to the county.

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