CCA launches campaign to scuttle lighthouse donation

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

“I have committed from day one that no money from the (city’s) budget would be spent on the project,” said Magidson during several commission meetings.

 In addition, the CCA contended that contrary to language in the state budget, the $200,000 is not “to save” the lighthouse.

The CCA would be able to accomplish saving the lighthouse by moving it to Salinas Park using private donations together with the previous state appropriation of $325,000.

“The present and pledged donations plus the previous state grant will be sufficient to pay for the relocation to Salinas Park, without further use of public taxpayer dollars, state or local,” Hardman said.

Hardman and her group also note other needs, particularly clean drinking water, pressing on the city. Additionally, the history of the 160-year-old lighthouse would be lost by a move to the city.

“Using additional dollars to move the lighthouse is unnecessary and a waste of tax dollars,” Hardman said.

The major hurdle to the CCA’s campaign remains what it has been since December 2012 – the federal government deeded the lighthouse and ancillary buildings to the city of Port St. Joe following an application window.

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