Funds budgeted for Cape San Blas Lighthouse relocation


The proposed Florida Legislature budget includes a $325,000 appropriation to fund the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

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Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:23 AM.

Among local projects included in the state budget currently being crafted by the Florida Legislature is a $325,000 appropriation to fund the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

The money is in the budgets of both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. The houses are currently putting the final touches on the budget in conference before passage.

“The money is listed under local projects and that means (Rep.) Halsey Beshears and (Sen.) Bill Montford would be the sponsors since they are our local representatives,” said Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson.

“All I know is that it was proposed as a local project. We hope it will be sent to the governor. Until he puts paper to pen, you never know.”

Gov. Rick Scott’s veto pen would be the final hurdle to securing the funding.

For example, a $5 million appropriation for bulkhead improvements at the Port of Port St. Joe was vetoed last year after clearing both legislative houses.

Magidson noted that state law contains a mandate that the Legislature must appropriate dollars to preserve historic structures, lighthouses in particular.

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