Lighthouse relocation inching ahead

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

Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency (PSJRA), noted that the location was where the Bay Park plans, the subject of intense public scrutiny and two well-attended workshops, had a marine ecology center.

Alsobrook said another site for the lighthouse had been determined during the planning for the park – funded by a $20,000 planning grant secured by the PSJRA – and that the planning team estimated permitting would take no more than three to six months, “six months being the very outside,” Alsobrook said.

Commissioners approved the preliminary Bay Park plans more than a month ago.

Those plans were integral to the city’s application to the federal government for the lighthouse – the National Parks Service noted the park plans in letters to the county and city announcing the disposition of the lighthouse.

However, after the two public workshops, commissioners decided to put the plans aside to focus on the lighthouse.

Anderson and commissioners Monday expressed skepticism about constructing additional buildings in the area and Commissioner Bill Kennedy said he was opposed to the concept.

Alsobrook also noted that the PSJRA had secured a $30,000 grant from the Florida Department of Protection’s Coastal Partner Initiative to fund the construction of the lighthouse foundation.

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