PSJ commissioners urge county support on lighthouse

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 09:36 AM.

Port St. Joe city commissioners urged county support for moving the Cape San Blas Lighthouse into the city as part of a new BayPark.

The conceptual drawings for the BayPark were unveiled during the most recent meetings of the Board of County Commissioners and the Port St. Joe Commission.

The city and county have both applied for possession of the lighthouse, two keepers’ quarters and an oil house.

The county has proposed moving the lighthouse and buildings to Salinas Park. The city proposes BayPark.

The St. Joseph Historical Society, which has secured more than $800,000 in state grants to renovate the keepers’ quarters, grounds and lighthouse and has undertaken fundraising campaign to rescue the lighthouse, voted in support of moving it to the city.

“Talk to your county commissioners about support for relocating to the city,” said PSJ Commissioner Rex Buzzett. “I think it is just as vulnerable” to the erosion that currently threatens it “on the cape. They should withdraw their application.”

Gail Alsobrook, director of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency which funded the planning study for BayPark, said moving the lighthouse to the city benefits city and county alike.

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