CCA debates lighthouse; beach trash pickup

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

Julia Cunningham said the lighthouse relocation should not even qualify under the RESTORE Act funding criteria and suggested the county try to postpone the transfer of the lighthouse and buildings until the city demonstrates the fiscal ability to relocate the lighthouse and maintain it at a new location.

“This has the potential to become an embarrassment,” Cunningham said.

Betty McNeill, as she did during a BOCC meeting several weeks ago, expressed dismay that moving the lighthouse off the cape was even under discussion and said a decision by the St. Joseph Historical Society to support the move to the city involved “a conflict of interest.”

“What is distressing to me is people are misstating the facts,” McNeill said. “It is a distressful thing to take a historic site and put it in an amusement park. I think the decision by the historical society involved some conflict of interest.

“We have a lot of support for keeping it on the cape. There are other members (of the historical society) who say they do not agree with moving it off the cape. History is being destroyed and ignored.”

Beach cleanliness

Several questioned and CCA members said the new system of trash/pet stations on the peninsula and cape beaches was “inadequate.”

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