On the move

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

The National Parks Service is now reviewing the applications for a final award. The Board of County Commissioners and city of Port St. Joe both submitted applications.

“We are responsible for protecting our historic resources,” said Maria Rodriguez, chief administrator for historic resources with Eglin AFB. “That’s why we are moving them back, to get them out of harm’s way.”

Hurricane Isaac this year was effectively the final straw in the protection of the lighthouse, which has long sat in an area of Cape San Blas that is rapidly eroding.

Isaac took an additional 27 feet of shoreline, rendering the one entrance road into the lighthouse grounds impassable.

A new entrance road was constructed to facilitate the move of the lighthouse and buildings once a final destination has been determined.

The keepers’ quarters and oil house will remain on temporary moorings to facilitate the move to a new location. The county is proposing Salinas Park; the city a bayfront area which would be part of George Core Park.

After the buildings are moved, the Air Force will begin to clear debris from the shoreline surrounding the grounds.

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