On the move

Lighthouse

Moving of buildings at risk began this week at the CSB Lighthouse

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:15 AM.

Moving day arrived Tuesday at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

The U.S. Air Force began the move of the keepers’ quarters and oil house on the grounds of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in the fight to save the lighthouse and buildings from encroaching erosion.

The Air Force out of Eglin Air Force Base, which owns the property on which the lighthouse and buildings sit, contracted with CCI Contractors out of Shalimar, which in turn subcontracted the work of moving the keepers’ quarters and oil house to Stone’s House Movers out of Sneads.

The keepers’ quarters are being moved back roughly 100 feet, leaving them essentially the same distance from the coast as the lighthouse which is not considered in imminent danger.

“This was an Air Force initiative to move these buildings,” said public information officer Mike Spaits. “We contracted to have the buildings moved and secured the $50,000 to fund the move. We had a partner in the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) but this was an Air Force initiative.”

Tuesday the first of the two keepers’ quarters was moved. The second and the oil house will be moved later this week.

The moves are being made to buy time. The Air Force has already rendered the lighthouse and buildings surplus and the application for applying to take possession of them expired the last week of November.



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