Cape St. George Lighthouse on Little St. George Island Topples Over

A historic Northwest Florida lighthouse won't be around to see Hurricane Wilma.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials say the 153-year-old Cape St. George Lighthouse of Little St. George Island in Franklin County was found toppled into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning.

Hurricane Opal in October of 1995 caused the 74-foot-tall brick lighthouse to tilt about 10 degrees.

The problem was compounded by each erosion in the remote area, which is uninhabited and accessible only by boat.

NewsChannel Seven helped out with a drive nine years ago to raise funding to restore and relocate the structure. This drive plus donation from area residents and state grants help to straighten the lighthouse in 2002.

Although it was righted, it never was moved from the encroaching surf. DEP was working on another grant to help move it back and further restore it when it topped into the Gulf.

The historic old lighthouse was used until 1994, which is when it was taken out of service by the U.S. Coast Guard