Creating a gateway to St. Joseph Bay

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

Another is to redevelop the “dead beach” area adjacent to the Port St. Joe Marina and the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse to BayPark.

The city and county both applied to receive the lighthouse for relocation as the threat of erosion at the current site, on U.S. Air Force property. The city was awarded the lighthouse last week (see related story A1).

The tentative plan for BayPark is broken into three major components: a promenade, the lighthouse and a coastal ecological center.

The promenade would represent the redevelopment of the industrial area adjacent to the Port St. Joe Marina but outside of the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve.

The promenade would provide a welcoming entrance to the park and along the bayfront would provide a host of recreational opportunities for folks of all ages, Alsobrook said.

That includes a replica sailing ship with hand-pumped water cannon and water slide.

There would also be spots for quiet reflection or reading or sunning and there would also be an area with a fire pit suitable for hosting small groups.

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