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Florida Lighthouse Association meeting report

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Postby ericlighthouse » Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:54 pm


Lighthouse reports:

Ponce Inlet - Purchased a 1903 Chance Brothers 3rd order lens (only 2 in the United States). It will be restored and put on display.

Sanibel - The city of Sanibel has put in an application with the BLM for the Sanibel Lighthouse. BLM will now publish the release of public lands order. When transfer is done, the city's Director of Public Workds will be in charge of the facility.

Sea Horse Key a.k.a Cedar Key - Will be open one day this summer, July 5th. (It will also be open October 18 & 19).

St. Marks - Clean up of lead in soil has been completed.

Crooked River - Had 240 attend the re-lighting of the lighthouse (it had been dark for 12 years), on December 8th, 2007. A replica Keepers House was approved on January 3rd. commission meeting of the city of Carrabella. Ken Smith will be the architect.

Cape San Blas - The gift shop will be open from 10:00 to 2:00 starting March 1st on Saturdays. Opening of the lighthouse is expected in the Spring. As summer approaches hours will be extended.

Cape St. George - Is now at over 23' high. Granite sills and lintels from the salvage have been used on the door way and the first window already. All the bricks in the inside wall are original (the morter will be new). Still rasing money for the remaining items (paint, stucco, stairs etc.). Hope to open lighthouse in Spring.

Pensacola - Dispite being officially closed the folks have still be working. On October 30 and 31 they opened the lighthouse for haunted tours to aid the Coast Guard fund raiser for their Pelican project.
Negotiations continue to open the lighthouse to the public and looks hopeful. Next year the lighthouse will be 150 years old. The Florida Lighthouse Association will hold their April 2009 meeting there (the city will be 450 years old). Lots of birthday cake???

Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation - (Which represents the 6 reef lighthouses) had a board meeting after the Florida Lighthouse Association meeting. They appointed myself as a board member. Since no one wanted to be President, I said I would do it. We plan on revitalizing the organization this year (more later).

As you see progress continues across the State of Florida. FLA will be lobbying our representatives to get the auto tag approved that would raise thousands of dollars a year for lighthouse restoration and preservation. The legislature meets in Spring.

The next Christmas ornament will be Sombrero Reef Lighthouse which will be 150 years old on March 17th.
President of Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation, Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse, member and EVP of Florida Lighthouse Association and member of other lighthouse groups.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:24 am


There sure are a lot of good projects going on in the Florida Lighthouse would. You guys keep up the good work!
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Postby ericlighthouse » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:29 pm


Stephen, it sure is good to see some results. Many things have been worked on for years without much to show, then all of a sudden, the seeds start to grow and you can see the life that was hidden previously. Of course there is much to still do. (Hope to have more on that later.)
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