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Cape San Blas Lighthouse Closing

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Beverly Douds and her son are the keepers of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse

"It means everything to me, I put my heart and soul into it," said Douds.

They Know every nook and cranny, every step, and every change of the lighthouses long history.

"I've tried to keep it alive as long as I can," said Douds. "It just means everything to me. I don't want to lose it."

Beach erosion at the Cape has put the lighthouse at risk for more than 150 years.  The historic structure has been relocated more than once and even rebuilt.

"Now, we are so close to the water that one more [hurricane and] we are out here we are gone," she said. "No matter how much I love it or not love it."

October 14th the "Lighthouse Lady will be closing their doors and the lighthouse after word from Air Force that the site was in danger of rapid beach erosion.

"I mean we knew this was coming we knew we were not going to have enough money by the time we had to move," said Douds.

And that means packing up everything from books to history, but help could soon be on the way.

The St. Joseph Historical Society is offering a new home for the contents of the lighthouse museum and gift shop. But more money is needed for the organization to move the lighthouse structure.

"I'm praying and hoping that somebody will step forward and the city will get the money somehow we will get to move it to town and I'll get to be the lighthouse lady again," said Douds.

All that can be done now is pack up what's left of the lighthouses past.

"I'm hoping and praying that once more I'll be able to be the lighthouse lady," said Douds. "Where ever it goes, I want to go with it."

Due to the closure the lighthouse is canceling all of it's full moon climbs, but will be open during daytime business hours.