‘This is history’

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

The process of raising the lighthouse, like the move last Tuesday of the tower and ancillary buildings from Cape San Blas to town, went remarkably smoothly, save for the sound of a heavy chain breaking early in the process that seemed to unnerve all but the contractor and his crew from Ducky Johnson House Movers.

In fact, the Ducky Johnson crew, which lost its namesake leader several years ago, reinforced its legend established, at least in Port St. Joe, after crews moved several giant structures, including an 800-ton condenser, off the old paper mill site.

But with the lighthouse and two keepers’ quarters now in place – the oil house is to be moved this week – the work is hardly over.

As noted by Mayor Mel Magidson two weeks ago there is cleanup needed to the lighthouse structure – sanding, maybe a new coat of paint – but particularly to the keepers’ quarters.

The house that was once home to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse Gift Shop has, in the nearly two years since it was deemed the lighthouse was under threat of coastal erosion and declared surplus by the U.S. Air Force, has come under disrepair.

The Gift Shop, in the short term, will continue to operate from the adjacent historic Maddox House.

One of the quarters has a restroom, but the other does not which will be consideration for future plans.

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