Lighthouse relocation inching ahead

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

The rest of the money has come through private donations and purchases of commemorative items such as Christmas ornament and poster urging “Save the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.”

Commissioners have pledged not to spend taxpayer dollars on the effort and while there is a full-court press to apply for grants and other funding – “Just about anything we can go for,” Anderson said. – the city has thus far banked only what the Historical Society has raised.

“We have all committed (to not spending city tax dollars),” said Commissioner Rex Buzzett.

The scope of services provided by Preble Rish also has little to do with the actual relocation.

Some details of the scope are unknown, in fact, until a site is selected and a mode of moving the lighthouse and ancillary buildings has been identified.

Buzzett said Monday he hoped the city could move the structures in phases, focusing on the lighthouse initially.

But City Clerk Charlotte Pierce said that the federal government is requiring the city to move all the buildings – lighthouse, two keepers’ quarters and an oil house – within the six-month window provided when the city received formal conveyance of the lighthouse last month.

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