PSJ commissioners inch toward détente with county

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

As for the water rates and law enforcement consolidation that Smiley has raised repeatedly, Magidson said the city had already “run the numbers” on consolidating law enforcement and “they did not work.”

And earlier in the meeting, the city’s auditor noted that the raising of water rates over the past several years was a necessary operational step to improve the city’s financial picture given millions in required infrastructure upgrades which have contributed to the city’s $15 million in short-term debt.

Lighthouse relocation

The Florida Division of Historic Preservation has signed off on the site for the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse to Port St. Joe’s George Core Park. Preble Rish Engineers will begin soil sampling in the coming days.

The site is slightly tweaked that what was determined during a prior city workshop.

At the behest of the Division of Historic Preservation, the lighthouse location was moved roughly 50-60 feet closer to the bay and further from Miss Zola’s Drive, nearer the stormwater pond. The two keepers’ quarters are to the north and slightly east, allowing for the lighthouse to be more clearly viewed from Third Street.

The site remains nearly in line with the extension of Third Street into the park area.

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