Lighthouse efforts look at short-term solutions

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM.

As local officials and a committee of citizens consider long-term solutions to saving the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, Port St. Joe city commissioners looked at the short-term last week.\

During their regular bi-monthly meeting, commissioners considered the potential of a band-aid for the lighthouse and grounds while a permanent remedy is examined.

Mayor Mel Magidson met the prior week with officials from Eglin Air Force Base, which owns and leases to the county the lighthouse grounds, as well as engineers and building movers to consider the best option for saving the lighthouse, the two keepers’ quarters on the grounds and the oil shed.

Magidson said that following the wave action from Hurricane Isaac, the lighthouse grounds are losing their footing by the day.

“We’re down to 35 to 40 feet on one end and maybe 50 feet on the north end, of shoreline,” Magidson said. “The lighthouse itself is fairly safe for the time being.”

The lighthouse and gift shop remain open to visitors, Beverly Mount-Douds emphasized in a phone call last week.

Magidson said the conclusion among the gathering was that moving the keepers’ quarters and oil house deeper into the property, effectively moving them behind the lighthouse in relation to the coastline, was the optimal path.

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