Creating a gateway to St. Joseph Bay

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

There is also the hope that the BayPark would offer something of a turtle rescue preserve, something Gulf World in Panama City Beach has long desired as many of its sea turtle rescues in recent years have occurred in Gulf County and St. Joseph Bay.

The final component would center on history of the area, with the centerpiece the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and ancillary buildings, including two keepers’ quarters and an oil shed.

This area would be situated behind the promenade and west of the Ecology Center.

It would include upgrades and renovations to the historic Maddox House along the waterfront and at the far end, the Tourist Development Welcome Center would provide one bookend to the park, the other being the Chamber of Commerce Living Color building.

“The goal would be consolidating the story of the community and the bay by centralizing educational, cultural and historic programs,” Alsobrook said. “We want to tell the bay story by centralizing regional assets.”

She envisioned, among many potential components of the area, an interactive exhibit in which the oral histories of long-time residents could be recorded and listened to in perpetuity.

“If you notice, the BayPark would be right at the gateway to the bay, centrally located on this side of the bay providing an opening to the entire bay,” Alsobrook said.

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