PSJ mayor: lighthouse relocation a go

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM.

Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson’s update on the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse on Tuesday was succinct.

All systems go.

Magidson told his fellow commissioners during Tuesday’s regular bi-monthly meeting that he expected to call a special meeting within days to award the bids for moving the lighthouse and ancillary buildings.

Once a local preference issue was clarified by legal counsel, Magidson said, the major remaining obstacle would be Duke Energy and the lowering of power lines along the 10-12 miles of roadway the structures would have to be carried to new homes inside a Port St. Joe waterfront park.

Magidson said a one-page summary of the project was sent to the office of Gov. Rick Scott as part of a lobbying effort to receive an abatement of at least some of the costs of lowering and re-raising power lines.

The cost is estimated well into six figures.

“We are ready to go but for questions about the power lines and (awarding the bids),” Magidson said.

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