Moving day arrives for Cape San Blas lighthouse

CSB Lighthouse

The convoy reaches the intersection of Cape San Blas Road and State 30A.

Courtesy of Bill Fauth
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 09:21 AM.

The reception could not have been warmer.

Hundreds watched history unfold Tuesday as the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, for more than a century a fixture on the cape, was carried to its new home in Port St. Joe.

On schedule and with few hiccups other than some mangled traffic flows and brief power outages as utility workers dropped lines and put them back up on either side of the convoy.

“That was the most organized operation I have ever seen,” said Port St. Joe resident Ann White.

The lighthouse, two keepers’ quarters and oil house, comprising a convoy over 900 feet long and two lanes wide, were moved in a daylong process that was observed, despite rain in the morning, by throngs that lined the roads and highways – or those folks unfortunate to get stuck behind the convoy on the path to Port St. Joe.

“It was watching history go by,” said Libia Taylor, whose realty office is on Cape San Blas Road.

The trip ended at First Baptist Church, where the structures were left overnight until moving to George Core Park.

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