Commissioners rethink approach on lighthouse relocation

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

Magidson said he had talked to a man whose company was involved in the restoration of the St. George Island Lighthouse and others with a lighthouse preservation group out of Key West.

He found that most lighthouses are brick or masonry over brick. The Cape San Blas Lighthouse is a cast iron skeleton.

And though that structure was moved before 1900, no one nor any record survives to provide insight into how it was accomplished, Magidson said.

“Obviously this is a unique project,” Magidson said.

A uniqueness underscored by contractors who picked up bid packets but did not bid on the project, he added.

“Some thought they would be shooting in the dark, that there were too many unknowns,” Magidson said.

The approach suggested by Magidson and to which board members agreed was to consider piecing the project for bid.

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