Lighthouse to close as move process begins

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM.

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse and grounds will soon be closed to the public as the U.S. Air Force begins the process of moving structures on the grounds to prevent their loss to erosion.

Port St. Joe city clerk Charlotte Pierce said she had been notified by an Air Force representative that the removal of trees to facilitate the moving of the two keepers’ quarters and oil house back roughly 135 feet from the shoreline would begin the week of Oct. 15.

Beverly Mount-Douds, who works at the gift shop, said all merchandise has to be removed from the lighthouse and keepers’ quarters by Oct. 14.

However, the lighthouse gift shop will re-open midweek this week at the Maddox House along the bayfront in Port St. Joe.

The gift shop will have its full array of merchandise; complete operating hours are to be determined and folks are encouraged to shop for Christmas by picking up a lighthouse replica ornament at the gift shop, Portside Trading or Joseph’s Cottage.

Mayor Mel Magidson noted that once that work begins on the lighthouse grounds, the lighthouse and grounds will be off limits to the public.

Magidson added that while the buildings being moved remained on temporary moorings, public access would remain prohibited.

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