Water, rates permeate city/county workshop

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:52 AM.

County and city grant writers will work together to apply for any grants available to continue the expansion of sewer lines to the Beaches area.

Butler noted that state budget projections are up meaning the odds could be in their favor to seek the kind of grant funding that facilitated sewer to Highland View and White City.

Commissioners also agreed that while there might be some discussion regarding the exact location to relocate the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, the county and city would be better off working together on a solution to save the lighthouse before erosion takes it into the ocean.

The county has formally requested position of the keepers’ quarters and oil house from the General Services Administration as part of the effort to bring the lighthouse and grounds under local control.

The Air Force is looking at moving those three buildings deeper onto the lighthouse grounds, away from the coastline, to buy some time for a decision on relocation and fundraising for that move.

But the location – suggestions have been for a bayfront park in Port St. Joe or possibly relocation to Salinas Park.

“Having that lighthouse in the city would be an economic engine for the city,” said PSJ Commissioner Rex Buzzett. “The county would benefit from the trickle down. But the bottom line, we need to preserve it.”

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