CCA debates lighthouse; beach trash pickup

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:29 AM.

The county proposed to move the lighthouse two miles down C-30E to Salinas Park.

“I don’t think anybody understands the structure,” Hardman said. She has done extensive work examining the costs and logistics for moving the lighthouse. “Technically, they could destroy the lighthouse in the move.”

“I actually took for granted that (the county) would be going to get it,” said County Commissioner Warren Yeager, whose district covers the area of the CCA, which includes most everything from St. Joseph Peninsula to Indian Pass.

“If the city can fund it, and I have my doubts, then that is the decision. I have serious doubts they can raise the money. If the city can not perform on their contract, we still have an opportunity.”

Hardman also noted a focus group recently selected by Port St. Joe city commissioners to consider and provide input about the proposed plans for a city park to which the lighthouse would be relocated.

“Maybe we can talk to them about building something nice for the city and we can save our lighthouse,” Hardman said.

Prompted by questions, Yeager pledged that he would not allow the BOCC to bail out the city for any of the $1 million proposed cost reflected in the city’s pre-proposal application to the RESTORE Act committee.

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