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Reopening For Rebuilt St. George Lighthouse

The reconstructed Cape St. George Lighthouse and the adjacent lighthouse keeper's residence.
Tom Flanigan
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The reconstructed Cape St. George Lighthouse and the adjacent lighthouse keeper's residence.

Since before the Civil War, a lighthouse has warned Gulf mariners of the barrier island's presence.

After extensive reconstruction, the Cape St. George Lighthouse will reopen with a grand ribbon-cutting at noon, local time on Monday, Feb. 2. The maritime warning beacon has had a long - and troubled - history.
St. George's first lighthouse, built near the island's West Pass in 1833, lasted just 16 years until storms and low visibility sealed its doom. A new, taller light rose, made from the wreckage of the old. But it was flattened by a hurricane in 1851. A light has occupied the present location in mid-island since 1852, but it also fell to Hurricane Opal in 2005. A massive rebuilding began and today's St. George Lighthouse has been lovingly restored and reinforced through the efforts of the St. George Lighthouse Association. May it stand at least another 169 years.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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