Moving day arrives for Cape San Blas lighthouse

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 09:21 AM.

On those last few miles and around the church parking lot the spectacle lured so many, including a number who came from out of town to witness, that organizers of the annual Christmas Parade would be jealous.

Throngs continued to visit the church parking lot until sunset, cameras and phones raised, children in tow.

Clay Smallwood of Preble Rish Engineers, the project manager on the move, said the last few hundred feet to George Core Park required downing one last power line that would have cut off power to most of downtown at dinner hour.

“We didn’t think that was a good idea,” said Smallwood, who received an extended round of applause at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Port St. Joe City Commission.

“The move went smoothly,” said Mayor Mel Magidson. “They did a marvelous job.”

The lighthouse will be lifted into position in the next week or so, Smallwood said.

Footers to accommodate the 100-foot, 60 ton lighthouse were poured two weeks ago in anticipation of the move. Ground preparation for the ancillary buildings was completed prior to pouring the lighthouse footers.

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