CCA launches campaign to scuttle lighthouse donation

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

The cost of that power line work is estimated at $170,000.

Two weeks ago city commissioners formally awarded the contract for relocation to GAC Contractors. GAC has bid to move the lighthouse and buildings for a combined $560,000, more or less.

“Of course, this is contingent upon having every dollar that we need,” said Mayor Mel Magidson as the bid was being awarded.

A detailed outline of current financial commitments for the project shows the city has approximately $531,500 for the relocation, the money coming from a variety of sources.

With some BP settlement funds supplementing new state appropriation, if approved, dollars for the relocation would be in hand.

“This unnecessary additional taxpayer expenditure is a waste of taxpayer money and is not necessary to preserve the historic lighthouse,” Hardman said.

The CCA has been critical of characterizations from Magidson that the relocation would not cost city taxpayers when the state, if this year’s appropriation survives the budget process, will have sent more than $500,000 in tax money.

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