Commissioners rethink approach on lighthouse relocation

CSB Lighthouse

Cape San Blas Lighthouse

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Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

First there were eight, then two and now maybe none.

Port St. Joe commissioners, particularly Mayor Mel Magidson, were questioning Tuesday their approach for bidding the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

Magidson said research he has been able to pursue in recent weeks raised doubts in his mind as to whether the relocation project as bid – to move the lighthouse, two keepers’ quarters and an oil house together – was the proper approach.

“I personally have not much confidence on the winning bidder being able to do what they said they could do,” Magidson said. “I am not comfortable turning the project over to them.

“I think we can save money doing it differently.”

At a pre-bid conference outlining the project eight contractors picked up packets, showing at least some interest. However, just two turned in bids.

While Magidson did not make a formal motion to toss out or rebid the project – on most construction projects of this type a bid is applicable for 60 days, said Clay Smallwood of Preble Rish Engineers, acting as project manager at no cost to the city – a new approach was on the board’s mind.

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