City taps Preble Rish to manage lighthouse move

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

On other fronts concerning the move of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, city manager Jim Anderson said the city expected the final federal paperwork conveying the lighthouse to the city “any day.”

Once the city receives that letter, the six-month clock to move the lighthouse begins to tick.

Magidson said that in discussions with possible movers of the lighthouse, the idea of moving the lighthouse by barge over St. Joseph Bay to the city was becoming more and more a preferred option.

Moving by barge could “save big money,” Magidson said, reducing the distance the lighthouse has to travel and the potential for damage in transit while also all but eliminating the need for road and/or electrical transmission line clearance for the move.

Also under consideration is moving the lighthouse by helicopter, though the logistics and costs are not clear.

Water line replacement

The first phase of the replacement of 20 miles of water distribution lines is all but complete save for a final punch list and repaving of torn up roads.

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