Moving day arrives for Cape San Blas lighthouse

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

Tuesday’s show began at 8 a.m. ET as the convoy traveled from the lighthouse’s location of more than 100 years, down Cape San Blas Road toward State 30-A.  

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse came under threat after Hurricane Isaac washed away a significant amount of shoreline the summer of 2012.

Eglin Air Force Base, which owns the property on which the lighthouse sat, declared the structure surplus in 2012.

The process of moving the lighthouse has taken nearly two years and plenty of debate between city and county officials in addition to a vocal contingent from the Cape that wished to see it relocated to Salinas Park on Cape San Blas Road.

There were a few signs along Cape San Blas Road protesting the move, one saying “Mayor Mel’s Folly” referring to Magidson.

But Tuesday night Magidson said that he believed most county officials did not want the structure.

The lighthouse had been leased by the county in order to save and preserve it. That lease was nullified when the lighthouse was deemed surplus. The Board of County Commissioners and city of Port St. Joe submitted applications for ownership of the lighthouse.



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