Lighthouse relocation inching ahead

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

“One month of that is already gone,” Pierce noted.

Mayor Mel Magidson said his ongoing discussion with possible movers of the buildings indicated that moving by barge could be a possibility.

Moving the lighthouse by barge would also reduce the costs, given that the city would no longer have to contend with moving power lines during a move over land, which would add, Magidson said, nearly $100,000 to the bill.

“Progress Energy does not seem inclined to do that as a public service,” Magidson said.

The most optimistic numbers the city is working with would have the move itself costing at least $200,000-$225,000.

The actual site of the lighthouse in the area of George Core Park also remains in the air, after Monday’s meetings.

Commissioners expressed a preference for placing the lighthouse on land east of Miss Zola drive and close to First Baptist Church, saying that would likely be high ground that would not erect a significant permitting hurdle.

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