St. George Lighthouse renovations full

ST. GEORGE ISLAND — The Cape St. George Lighthouse is completely ready to shine the moment once more.

After a month-lengthy renovation, the St. George Lighthouse Affiliation (SGLA) and the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce will join to host a ribbon slicing ceremony and grand re-opening of the lighthouse at midday (EST) Monday, Feb. 1.

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The Cape St. George Lighthouse has been closed for the thirty day period of January to total a important restoration task — the major restoration venture since the lighthouse was initially reconstructed at the middle of St. George Island in 2008, in accordance to Amy Hodson, SGLA executive director.

The Cape St. George Lighthouse, captured against a sunset, will celebrate a grand re-opening on Monday.

“The lantern area cage was struggling with considerable rust and cracked glass panes, and the masonry tower was in need to have of some TLC,” Hodson explained in an e-mail. “Specialised contractors mitigated the lantern area cage of rust and painted the cage with a a few-phase industrial coating. Furthermore, the masonry tower was cleaned and painted, and all the glass windows in the lantern space were replaced, offering a distinct panoramic view of the Island.”

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Workers can be seen atop the lighthouse during recent renovations.

The initial lighthouse on St. George Island was created in 1833. The 65-foot tall light-weight was damaged by storms in 1846, and a new lighthouse at the island’s southern cape was named for. The second light, accomplished in 1848, was about 75-feet tall and was flattened by a hurricane in August 1851, according to historical information delivered by the SGLA on the internet. 

The third mild, 72-toes tall, now stands in the centre of St. George Island. Done in 1852, it was considered to have been “developed to very last,” but storms, erosion and hurricanes finally overwhelmed it, and it collapsed into the Gulf in 2005.

The SGLA, recognized in 2004 to “rescue the light,” worked with the condition to salvage pieces of the structure, which was rebuilt at the middle of St. George Island and opened to the community in December 2008.

“Hundreds of several hours of planning, research, fundraising, cleaning of bricks, and innumerable other tasks by customers of the neighborhood restored the Cape St. George Lighthouse to its right ailment,” Hodson explained. “Given that that time, it has welcomed guests to the Island each and every day, a shining beacon of what our local community can do when questioned.”

However, the previous 15-plus decades have taken a toll, with salt air, storms and corrosive aspects detrimental the lantern area with considerable rust and cracked glass.