PSJ Commission leases lighthouse to historical society

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

During the Port St. Joe city commission meeting on Tuesday commissioners unanimously approved a temporary lease of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, now located in George Core Park, to the St. Joseph Historical Society for $1 dollar.

Though there were questions about the lease, which controlled the lighthouse, keepers’ quarters and Maddox House for five years, the board recognized the importance of having the structure open during the Florida Scallop and Music Festival next weekend to allow visitors to the city to enjoy the lighthouse as part of the festivities.

Mayor Mel Magidson had concerns regarding operation of the lighthouse when it came to paying potential employees and where the funds raised from paying lighthouse visitors would go.

“We have to come up with some management method to operate it,” said Magidson.”If (the lighthouse) does produce excess funds, they need to be used for beautification and upkeep of the grounds.

“Because of the funds expended to get it here, we need an agreement for any excess funds.”

While Magidson focused on the issue of excess funds, St. Joseph Historical Society President Charlotte Pierce said excess funds had never been an issue.

Magidson replied that he hoped it will be a problem with the lighthouse’s new location.

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