‘This is history’

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:28 AM.

With a hoot of cheers from spectators last Thursday morning, roughly two hours after workers began, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse ascended to its position as the highest point in Port St. Joe.

The 91-foot, 60-ton structure was raised from its side to its rightful stature standing sentinel in George Core Park as three cranes and more than a dozen workers skillfully and without event put the lighthouse on its new foundation along the waterfront in Port St. Joe.

“It’s surreal,” said Charlotte Pierce of the St. Joseph Historical Society which has worked for more than a decade to save and preserve the lighthouse. “We would have loved for it to stay on the Cape but obviously that was not an option.

“I’m just excited to see it saved and preserved for generations to come to and enjoy.”

And unlike the last time Mother Nature forced the lighthouse further inland – more than a century ago – the images of this move will last beyond many of our lifetimes as dozens were stationed around the park with video cameras, personal cameras, phones and most any other device with which to snap a memory.

Spectators came with lawn chairs and towels to sit on and folks ringed the park as the lighthouse was carefully raised and its four legs – seems hardly the proper word for the large steel beams of the base – placed on footers poured more than two weeks ago.

“This is history,” said local photographer Clarence Monette who filmed the work.

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