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Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 09:44 AM.

Commissioners started again on the bid process for relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city by rejecting the original bids and choosing to move forward with a new process.

The project will now be bid in two segments; one to move the lighthouse tower and the other to move the ancillary buildings: two keepers’ quarters and the oil house.

 After consulting with an individual whose company assisted on the saving of the St. George Island Lighthouse, Magidson said it was clear that contractors were “shooting in the dark” about the process and cost of moving the lighthouse.

Eight contractors attended a pre-bid conference; the city received two bids.

Commissioners approved contracting on a sole source basis with a Florida-based expert to remove the lens from the lighthouse, which is the first step to relocation.

The lens belongs to the U.S. Coast Guard. It must either be returned to the Coast Guard or put on display for the public under climate-controlled conditions.

The lens must also be handled by an expert “lampist”, Magidson said, of which there is only one in Florida.

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