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by Eric Roberts on December 4, 2016

Cape St. George Light, A Florida Treasure

The St. George Lighthouse Association is pleased to announce the publication of a full-color, 36-page souvenir booklet entitled, “Cape Saint George Lighthouse, A Florida Treasure.”

Association members James Hargrove, Carol Talley, and Terry Kemp compiled text and photographs to recount the role of the lighthouse in over 180 years of Apalachicola’s maritime history. The final layout was completed by local graphic designer, Cindy Clark.

The narrative begins with the 1804 Forbes Purchase and describes the need for the lighthouse as an aid to navigation to protect ships engaged in the cotton trade from the shoals around the passes into Apalachicola

Bay. The earliest lighthouse was built at West Pass in 1833, and was rebuilt on Cape St. George in 1848.  After the great Florida

hurricane of 1851, a stronger tower that survived for 153 years was built on the Cape in 1852.

The new booklet describes the earliest lights and the 1857 conversion to the more powerful beam produced by a third-order Fresnel lens. The narrative summarizes events that interrupted commerce during the Civil War and the resumption of trade during Reconstruction.

Also highlighted are the lives of prominent lighthouse keepers and their families, including Edward Porter, Pearl Porter Marshall, and members of the Walter Roberts family. Vintage photographs illustrate keepers’ lives and the narrative includes information from current displays and digital archives from the Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop in Lighthouse Park on St. George Island.

The booklet concludes with the story of the collapse of the lighthouse in 2005 after several hurricanes surged through the area, and its reconstruction through the persistent work of many Franklin County residents and volunteers.

“Cape Saint George Lighthouse, A Florida Treasure” is available at the Lighthouse Gift Shop adjacent to the lighthouse at the center of St. George Island.  All proceeds will be used to support ongoing maintenance and updates of the Cape St. George Lighthouse by the non-profit St. George Lighthouse Association.

For more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

SGI Disaster Re-Entry Tags

Franklin County Emergency Management would like to remind you to get your Re-Entry Tags. You will need your Re-Entry Tags to return to Franklin County in the event of an Evacuation.

TO APPLY:

You can apply for Re-Entry tags 2 ways:

  1. Online at franklinemergencymanagement.com
  2. Come by the office Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. Closed from 12-1pm for lunch.

You can complete the Re-Entry Form and email, fax, mail or bring it into Emergency Management along with a copy of your driver’s license and a secondary form of Residence Verification (electric bill, voter’s registration, tax bill).

DIRECTIONS TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:

Going West on US Hwy 98 from Apalachicola, Turn Right on Pal Rivers Road, Turn Left on to Brownsville Road (at the Round a bout), Then take the next 2 Rights.

There are signs starting at US Hwy 98 marking the route to Franklin County Emergency Management.

There is also a website from Dr. Peter Ray a Meteorology Professor at Florida State University, you can sign up for his email list at http://www.hurricanehunt.com. Dr. Ray has an email list that he sends his latest predictions on the paths of Hurricanes/Tropical Storms. Several of our club members are on this list and find his predictions very accurate.

Florida Wild Mammal Association

FWMA now has a Wish-List on Walmart’s website, and it is fun and easy to do a little shopping to help the animals.  Just go to www.walmart.com; click on Registry, then Wish List; enter “FWMA” as the first name and “INC” as the last name and click “Find”; click on FWMA INC under Registrant.  Then start shopping.

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