ST. GEORGE ISLAND — Three years ago, storms toppled the 153-year-old Cape St. George Lighthouse. It collapsed on uninhabited Little St. George Island, where it had been accessible only by boat and boarded up as a safety hazard.
But now the lighthouse has been rebuilt in a location where many more people can visit and appreciate it. It reopened to the public Nov. 29, marking the end of a rescue mission that was improbable at best and thought crazy by most.
Volunteers spent thousands of hours cleaning the old bricks from the heap of rubble where it fell, the St. George Lighthouse Association raised money, and state lawmakers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency came through with grants.
The lighthouse now sits at the end of the 4-mile bridge that connects St. George with Eastpoint on the other side of Apalachicola Bay, about 77 miles southwest of Tallahassee.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS