Port St. Joe awarded Cape San Blas Lighthouse

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

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse rose on the radar after Hurricane Isaac earlier this year took away another 24-30 feet of coastline near the lighthouse grounds. That area of the coast, owned by the U.S. Air Force, has been steadily and at times rapidly eroding for years.

At one time the grounds served for walking eagle tours during an annual festival and a row of barracks once sat adjacent to the lighthouse grounds. The U.S. Air Force tested rockets near the site as recently as the early 1990s.

But all that land has been swallowed by the ocean and Air Force officials out of Eglin, the home base for the land, contacted Magidson to gauge the city’s interest in taking possession of the lighthouse and ancillary buildings.

Subsequent the city’s expressing interest and a fundraising campaign was launched to the fund the relocation, the BOCC also expressed an interest in acquiring the lighthouse and moving it to Salinas Park on Cape San Blas.

The PSJRA created the tentative design for BayPark and provided much of the material for the application to gain possession of the lighthouse.

“We have our work cut out for us,” Magidson said. “We have to raise a lot of money. We have big plans, but for something like this, I think you need to think big.”

The organization most invested in the lighthouse, the St. Joseph Bay Historical Society, had voted unanimously among members at its last meeting to support a move of the lighthouse to the city.

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