Lighthouse efforts look at short-term solutions

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

“That would buy us maybe 135-140 feet,” Magidson said, easing somewhat the timetable for the fundraising effort to save the entire lighthouse and grounds, which is estimated to cost north of $300,000.

The drive is nosing toward $40,000. The St. Joseph Historical Society is selling Christmas ornaments that are replicas of the lighthouse for $20 – the cost to produce is $10, the other $10 going to the Save the Lighthouse campaign – and are also selling posters of Debbie Hooper aerials of the lighthouse and grounds for $12.95.

The ornaments are available at Portside Trading, Joseph’s Cottage, Bayside Florist and the No Name Café. The posters and ornaments are both available at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse gift shop.

“We just had another delivery of ornaments so we are ready for any order,” said Charlotte Pierce of the Historical Society. “We are being optimistic.”

The central milestone now is government action.

The land has been declared surplus by the Air Force and the process of putting the land under the jurisdiction of the General Services Administration for disposal to the private sector is underway.

However, as of press time a final determination on the proposal to move the keepers’ quarters had not been made and while the GSA is reportedly moving “with due speed” on moving the disposal process along, the exact timetable is unknown.

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