Cape San Blas Lighthouse's Big Move

CAPE SAN BLAS-- It's a monumental effort between the city of Port St. Joe, the state of Florida and the Federal Government to preserve a piece of Northwest Florida history.

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse will embark on a journey to it's new home.

For 165 years, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse has guided mariners to safe harbor, but the lighthouse itself has been far from safe.

Hurricanes and tropical storms threatened to topple the historic landmark for years and that's why an effort began to move it to downtown Port St. Joe.

Tuesday is moving day for the Lighthouse, two keepers quarters and the shed. These pictures show the lighthouse hoisted by cranes, and the keepers quarters ready to move on trucks. The move is set to begin at 8am eastern time.

Once underway the convoy will be 900 feet long. The goal is to get to George Core Park and secure the structures by tonight. In the next day or so they will reinforce the pilings and the keepers quarters. The lighthouse will go up early next week.

The 12 mile trip should take six to eight hours, so prepare for traffic delays along Cape San Blas Road, 3-0-1 and Highway 98. A power company will travel ahead and behind the convoy to take down power lines along the way.

Its final destination will be on the bay between Ship-Yard Cove and George Core Park.

We will be in Port Saint Joe for the move and will bring you the story Tuesday night.


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