Lighthouse efforts look at short-term solutions

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

“We are the mercy of nature and the federal government, and I am not sure which is worse,” Magidson said.

Underscoring the importance of the lighthouse as a tourist destination, Commissioner Rex Buzzett noted that Panama City had recently unveiled plans to renovate a portion of the downtown marina area to accommodate a lighthouse.

As for the long-term with the lighthouse, commissioners approved a request from the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency to award a contract to Associates, LLC for the planning phase of a Lighthouse Park along the bayfront Port St. Joe.

The city has proposed for months moving the lighthouse to the bayfront as the centerpiece for recreational facility in George Core Park.

The planning will be funded by a $20,000 “planning” grant secured by the PSJRA.

Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the PSJRA, said Associates, which had volunteered earlier to spearhead a task force for saving the lighthouse and grounds, would consider all of George Core Park and options for a “water and recreation” area to attract tourists.

“They would be looking at that to not only bring in tourists but also to have an educational component,” Alsobrook said, alluding to the history of the lighthouse and its connection to the community. “It would showcase the history and authenticity here.”



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