Illuminating the lighthouse

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 09:37 AM.

Now for the encore.

With the Cape San Blas Lighthouse successfully moved to George Core Park in Port St. Joe, the effort to preserve and restore the lighthouse and ancillary buildings moves into a new phase.

The move, completed without apparent harm to any of the structures, which include two keepers’ quarters and an oil house, also came in under bid estimates.

During Tuesday’s regular bi-monthly meeting of the City Commission contractor GAC submitted, and had unanimously accepted, a change order reducing the price of the move by $17,500.

 “I was impressed,” said Commissioner Rex Buzzett of the raising of the lighthouse. “I was impressed with the number of folks who came out to watch. I was impressed with the workers and the job they did.

“I was most impressed with the workers, after everybody gathered for last instructions, they all took off their helmets and said a prayer. That impressed me. It was like they knew they needed divine intervention for what they had to do.”

A popular question concerns whether the lighthouse will ever light again and on plans for the park and lighthouse complex.

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