Lighthouse move Tuesday

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM.

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse, which stood over 100 years at its current location, came under dire threat after Hurricane Isaac took significant shoreline the summer of 2012 following years of erosion in the area.

Eglin Air Force Base, which owns the property on which the structure sits, decided to surplus the lighthouse, which had been leased by the county, in order to save and preserve it.

The city and Board of County Commissioners submitted competing proposals to obtain the lighthouse and ancillary structures – the lease with the BOCC was nullified by Eglin’s declaring the lighthouse surplus – but ultimately at Christmas time in 2012 the Department of the Interior deeded the lighthouse and buildings to the city.

Through a private fundraising campaign boosted by more than $500,000 in state appropriations the city assembled more than $700,000 to foot the cost of relocation.

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