With clock ticking, lighthouse discussion heats up


The discussion over the Cape San Blas Lighthouse has heated up in recent weeks.

Courtesy of Debbie Hooper at joebay.com
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 09:16 AM.

With a county commissioner expressing confidence that that the lighthouse will end up with the county and a coalition of stakeholders pressing for a reboot of relocation efforts, Port St. Joe commissioners took small steps forward last week.

The city of Port St. Joe received bids for the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and ancillary buildings but commissioners and staff are examining the potential for invoking a local preference provision under city rules.

The lowest bid for relocating the lighthouse came from Worth Contracting out of Jacksonville. The company’s bid was $304,500.

However, GAC Contractors came in at $321,700, second-lowest for the lighthouse, while submitting the low bid, $188,750, for relocating the other buildings, two keepers’ quarters and an oil storage house into the city.

The city has a local preference that could provide a 5 percent adjustment for a local bidder, which GAC would be.

Commissioner Rex Buzzett said later in last week’s meeting that commissioners should consider amending that provision to mandate a preference for a local bidder whose bid was within $5,000 of the lowest bid, providing the local bidder would agree to perform the work at the cost of the lowest bid.

The lowest bids for the relocation of all structures from the current lighthouse site – the federal government has said all buildings must be moved – combine for $510,450, slightly less than the low bidder for the combined relocation of all structures.

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