Cape San Blas lighthouse quarters moved

– A truck and trailer revved, the move of one of the keepers’ quarters is under way on the grounds o Photo available for purchase

– A truck and trailer revved, the move of one of the keepers’ quarters is under way on the grounds of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Tim Croft
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 01:09 PM.

 

Moving day arrived Dec. 4 at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

The U.S. Air Force began the move of the keepers’ quarters and oil house on the lighthouse grounds in the fight to save the lighthouse and buildings from encroaching erosion.

The Air Force out of Eglin Air Force Base, which owns the property on which the lighthouse and buildings sit, contracted with CCI Contractors out of Shalimar, which in turn subcontracted the work of moving the keepers’ quarters and oil house to Stone’s House Movers out of Sneads.

The keepers’ quarters were moved back roughly 100 feet, leaving them essentially the same distance from the coast as the lighthouse which is not considered in imminent danger.

“This was an Air Force initiative to move these buildings,” said public information officer Mike Spaits. “We contracted to have the buildings moved and secured the $50,000 to fund the move. We had a partner in the (Army Corps of Engineers) but this was an Air Force initiative.”

On Dec. 4, the first of the two keepers’ quarters was moved, with plans to move the second and the oil house later in the week.



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