Creating a gateway to St. Joseph Bay

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM.

Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson said the opportunity to relocate the Cape San Blas Lighthouse to a new park on the city’s bayfront is a chance to create an “iconic” attraction for locals and visitors.

The Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency is working to make that vision a reality.

At the last meetings for 2012 of the Port St. Joe City Commission and the Gulf County Board of Commissioners, Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the PSJRA, has provided initial designs and overview for a new BayPark: Gateway to the Bay.

The initial design is the creation of a team comprised of Erin Searcy, Gena Johnson, George Coon, Eric Davidson, Mark Hawley and Steve Butler, largely local professionals working with The Associates LLC out of Panama City, which was the contractor for the planning document under a grant secured by the PSJRA.

“They are all local people and very talented,” Alsobrook said. “We have a lot of talent in this community. This has been a labor love for these people.”

The preliminary plan – the first public workshop on the plan will be held at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 15, just prior to the Port St. Joe City Commission’s first meeting of 2013 – has several objectives, Alsobrook said.

One is to connect the community to St. Joseph Bay and in turn the Port St. Joe downtown to the BayPark.

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