Cape San Blas Lighthouse Raised Wednesday in Port St. Joe

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PORT ST. JOE The historic Cape San Blas lighthouse is once again standing over a panhandle coastline.

Last week crews move the lighthouse and several accompanying buildings 12-miles into Port St. Joe.

Crews raised the lighthouse Wednesday morning in George Core Park.

They continued to piece together the historic lighthouse Thursday.

For many than six decades, the nearly 100 hundred foot lighthouse guided mariners to shore in Cape San Blas. But now it'll serve a new purpose, as a landmark for locals and tourists.

"I haven't seen the lighthouse in 20 years, locals just don't make the trip out there," said Mexico Beach local, Traci Gaddis.

Gaddis said she can share this experience with future generations. "I brought my six grandchildren and took pictures because I want them to look back on the pictures and show their children that they were here when the lighthouse was being relocated to Port St. Joe," said Gaddis.

Mayor Mel Magidson said he hopes people will be able to tour the lighthouse within the next 60 days.

For now, people will have to enjoy the view from the outside. Some were worried about the fate of the lighthouse if it stayed in Cape San Blas.

"Coming to vacation here on the Cape we bought a house and loved the lighthouse and didn't want to see it destroyed," said Port St. Joe local Derek Mallard.

But others decided to look at the bright side after it moved."We felt sad when it was moved from Cape San Blas we hated to see it go, but it's like it was meant to be here," said Port St. Joe local Patricia Mallard.
"It's just such a draw to see it, like I said it's just so historical we're big into history aren't we, yes," said Gaddis.

Crews will be converting one of the keepers quarters into a gift shop. Right now the gift shop is located in the Maddox House.