Lighthouse relocation inching ahead

Lighthouse keepers’ quarters

The federal government moved the keepers’ quarters out of harm’s way late last year. The city is attempting to move forward on relocating the lighthouse and ancillary buildings within the next five months.

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 09:29 AM.

Time and money, Port St. Joe city manager Jim Anderson, were the two items the city did not have in abundance to relocate the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

City commissioners tried to move the ball forward during a special meeting on Monday, reviewing a scope of services provided by Preble Rish Engineers to act as the city’s manager of the relocation project.

Commissioners did not approve the scope, asking for more detail on when tasks would be done and when the city would have to pay out for the services.

Commissioners are to take up the scope of services again Tuesday during their next regularly-scheduled meeting.

Preble Rish, the city’s engineers of record, has agreed to manage the project at no charge but the scope of services maps out roughly $49,000 worth of subcontracting work – primarily design and site soil testing – that the city must fund.

Funds, at this time, are not plentiful.

A fundraising campaign by the St. Joseph Historical Society has brought in roughly $39,000, with $20,000 coming from the Florida Lighthouse Association.

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