City accepts BP settlement, sets lighthouse relocation timeline

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM.

Looming on the horizon, commissioners are waiting on the bidding for relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city.

Clay Smallwood with Preble Rish Engineers mapped out the timeline for commissioners, as soil borings and testing of the new site have been completed.

The city also discussed and will take over administration of a grant secured by the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency (PSJRA) that will underwrite the foundation construction for the lighthouse once moved.

The city will advertise for bids for the project – moving the lighthouse, keepers’ quarters and oil house from their current location on Air Force land on Cape San Blas to a site adjacent to George Core Park – beginning Aug. 1 and continue through Aug. 8.

A pre-bid conference will be held Aug. 15 with the awarding of the final day for accepting bids Aug. 29.

The hope, Smallwood said, is to have a recommendation for award at the Sept. 1 commission meeting.

“We want to get it done as soon as we can,” said Mayor Mel Magidson.

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