City taps Preble Rish to manage lighthouse move

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM.

If only the ensuing steps will be as easy.

Port St. Joe city commissioners on Tuesday approved appointing Preble Rish Engineers as the project manager for the move of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city at a location determined during planning for a new bay front park.

Preble Rish is the city’s engineers of record, operating by state statute under a continuing contract.

City attorney Tom Gibson said commissioners could simply add language to that contract to include oversight of the lighthouse relocation.

Commissioners also rescinded a Request for Qualifications for a project manager for the relocation, which was seen as the first step forward in the process.

Mayor Mel Magidson said the engineering firm had offered to act as the project manager. The company would not charge any fees for its role, Magidson said.

“They are local, they are civil engineers, they would not charge,” Magidson said. “This could save the city a good bit of money.”

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