PSJ commissioners urge county support on lighthouse

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

County Commissioner Warren Yeager said he believed in the “spirit of cooperation” between city and county on a final destination but said the priorities were preserving the lighthouse and buildings and turning the relocation into a positive for the community.

“We also have to keep in mind the city of Port St. Joe and the city of Wewahitchka are also part of the county and we need to work together,” said County Commissioner Joanna Bryan.

RESTORE Act projects

City commissioners held a workshop prior to last week’s meeting to discuss and provide some prioritization to potential projects the city would like funded through the RESTORE Act funds that would come to the county if and when a civil penalty is paid by BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.

Buzzett suggested the city’s five-year capital work plan could serve as a template.

The plan includes upgrades to the boat ramp at Frank Pate Park, a joint city/county recreational complex, refurbishing the Centennial Building and, potentially, a secondary boat ramp on the Intracoastal Canal for larger boats to alleviate some parking problems at Frank Pate Park.

“We need to ahead of the curve and be ready,” said city clerk Jim Anderson. “We need to work through and prioritize projects.”

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