The Way We Were, Cape San Blas, Florida, Lighthouse & Keepers’ Houses
July 15, 2014
Port St. Joe, Florida
Well, today’s the day I get a new address. Can you believe it? After 129 years in the same spot, I, the Cape San Blas lighthouse, am moving. Well, I was moved a quarter mile back from the water once about a hundred years ago, but that was nothing compared to where I’ll go today.
Seems like I’ve heard about this move a long time. Years of storms here on the Gulf Coast have been washing away the sand in front of us for as long as I can remember. When Hurricane Isaac came through in 2012, though, it took away so much beach, my keepers’ houses were really close to the water. But even though they were moved back a hundred feet for protection, the erosion didn’t stop. And nobody moved me, since the Coast Guard said I was “surplus,” so all I could do was watch and wait for the day the waves tickled my toes.
Then a lot of my friends got together to raise money to move me and the houses twelve miles to the nearest town of Port St. Joe. The idea sounded crazy, but the more I heard about it, the more excited I got. And you know what, after a lot of work from volunteers, the move was approved.