With clock ticking, lighthouse discussion heats up

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 09:16 AM.

Pat Hardman, owner of Gulf 2 Bay Construction and president of the Coastal Community Association, which has lobbied to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park, said her research indicates the lighthouse to be too tall to move under power lines, even if placed on its side on the back of a large hauler.

In addition to the power lines, Duke Energy has indicated the cost of lowering power lines to be in six figures, the bids seemed to eliminate the possibility of relocating any of the structures via barge.

All the bids hinge on relocation over land.

Commissioners took no formal action last week, but the clock is ticking along several lines, as noted by several speakers seeking to lobby the city to work with the county on relocation to Salinas Park.

The federal government has already granted two extensions of the time the city has to move the structures. The city was awarded the lighthouse more than a year ago and the original timeline mandated the structures relocation by last June.

That deadline has been extended at least twice.

In addition, the largest chunk of the funds for relocation, a state appropriation of $325,000, could potentially be lost if not spent by the end of the fiscal year in June.

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