PSJ commissioners urge county support on lighthouse

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

“If it is on the cape, it’s the county, but if it’s in the city it is the city and county as well as the historical society,” Alsobrook said. “It will receive multiple times the visitors than if it was on the cape.”

Mayor Mel Magidson said the city would offer far more visibility for the lighthouse and in turn attract more visitors.

With the BayPark design offering the lighthouse as a centerpiece for park that would feature museums, an estuarine preserve and turtle rescue space, and with the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center at one end of the park and the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Living Color at the other end, the BayPark concept would provide seamless county/city attractions.

“This is an opportunity that comes along once in a lifetime to create an iconic structure to bring people to the city, county and region,” Magidson said.

The city was awarded a $125,000 from the BP Gulf Tourism Promotion campaign to produce a professional documentary on the rescue and saving of the lighthouse.

“It really gives me heartburn to have a documentary without the lighthouse coming to the city,” Buzzett said.

At the last BOCC meeting, County Commissioner Carmen McLemore said he opposed moving the lighthouse to the city. County Commissioner Ward McDaniel provided the formal motion for the county to apply for the lighthouse and ancillary buildings for a move to Salinas Park.

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