ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) Robie is vice president of the Washington Lightkeepers Association. A year after the trip, he saw photos of the lighthouse laying in pieces as waves washed over it.
But this spring he was back in Florida, and again made a side trip to see the lighthouse.
This time, though, he didn't have to hire a boat. It was standing straight up on neighboring St. George Island, in no danger from the Gulf of Mexico after being saved by residents who couldn't bear to see a cherished part of their history lost to the sea.
Robie has visited about 230 North American lighthouses, and while there are many ongoing efforts to preserve and protect them, he has never seen an effort quite like the one on this long, narrow island southwest of Tallahassee.