City receives funding to relocate Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

Now the heavy lifting begins.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a state budget this week that includes $325,000 to help fund the relocation of the historic Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

The announcement by Mayor Mel Magidson during Tuesday’s regular bi-monthly Port St. Joe City Commission was met by applause from a packed chamber.

The city was awarded the lighthouse, two keepers’ quarters and the oil house by the federal government earlier this year.

Funding the relocation from the cape to the city – the site in George Core Park adjacent to the historic Maddox property and aligned with the Third Street axis from U.S. 98 – had been a significant hurdle.

Though formal costs are an unknown until bidding, the city had been operating with a number of $200,000-$250,000 as the most optimistic estimate for the actual moving of the buildings.

A campaign by the St. Joseph Historical Society had raised just under $40,000 and the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency had secured grant funding for foundation construction and other components of the move.

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