Lighthouse to open in coming weeks

Lighthouse

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse tower should be open for climbs in the next two weeks.

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM.

A hoped-for soft opening may not happen this weekend, but by the time the Scallop and Music Festival rolls around in a couple of weeks the Cape San Blas Lighthouse should be ready for any intrepid climber.

Port St. Joe city manager Jim Anderson said Tuesday that efforts to open the lighthouse tower for climbers this weekend are likely to fall shy of the target.

Members of the St. Joseph Historical Society and city officials had been working to try for a “soft” opening this weekend in preparation for full readiness for the Sept. 12 Scallop and Music Festival.

However, securing a final sign-off from a structural engineer based out of Jacksonville has proved problematic due to distance and schedules.

The city has liability insurance in place and only an okay from the engineer is standing in the way of opening the tower.

“We are not sure we are going to get there (by Friday),” Anderson said. “But it is close.”

The tower survived the move from Cape San Blas to George Core Park with no issues and the city’s fire department has performed a kind of pressure clean of the tower, Anderson said.



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