The Florida Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge, tentatively scheduled for April 16 and 17, 2016, has been cancelled.
The St. Joseph Historical Society, which manages the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and coordinated its successful move to downtown Port St. Joe from its eroding site on the Cape, has decided to reduce hours of operation at the lighthouse during the winter months. Renovation on one of the keeper's houses is scheduled to begin soon and may possibly be completed by April of 2016.
The uncertainty surrounding the operation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in the near future made the cancellation of a 2016 Challenge a necessary decision.
With renovation work proceeding at Cape San Blas and St. Marks Lighthouses, we are hopeful that one day we will be able to reconsider hosting a Lighthouse Challenge that will be a great success and a source of pride for all of the Panhandle lighthouses.