Port St. Joe awarded Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM.

The National Park Service last week approved the city of Port St. Joe’s application for conveyance of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse to the city.

A similar application from the Board of County Commissioners was turned down.

In a letter to Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson, John R. Barrett, program manager of the Federal Lands to Parks program with the Department of the Interior National Park Service, wrote that “it is a pleasure to inform you that the application has been approved pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Lands to Parks program.

“The next step in the acquisition process involves requesting assignment of the property from the General Services Administration for subsequent transfer.”

The city’s goal is to create a public park and recreation area, currently called BayPark, along the coast of St. Joseph Bay as part of George Core Park (see related story A1).

“They had actually sent the letter Dec. 21 but our servers were down so we didn’t get it until (Dec. 27), so it really was a great Christmas present,” Magidson said. “I feel great because a lot people have worked on this, (the Historical Society, the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency), a lot of credit goes to them.

“I just think between the two submissions, which was unfortunate, they saw more merit for ours where we wanted to place it and the historic and recreational uses we intended. My hope is the people who wanted it to stay on the cape will see that in the long run this is something that is going to benefit the entire county.”

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