Jim Underwood – President CCLF


Are we having fun yet? At the halfway point in this first year of my journey as your Foundation President, I ask myself this question, “Are we having fun yet?” And without hesitation, I jump up, waving my arm like a kid who knows the answer — I shout YES, to the computer, then quickly look around my office, wondering if anyone else is listening. Does anyone else share the excitement of our recent accomplishments, the good times at our events, the camaraderie of our docents, volunteers, directors, advisors and members, the incredible future as it captures the history of our past?

Not resting on the laurels of our recent Evening Gala at the Lighthouse in February, nor the Descendant’s Day in May, nor even this month’s Volunteer Appreciation and Member’s evening at the Coast Guard Station, the CCLF Events Committee has been busy planning some really special and important events for July, October and November. In July, the completion of the construction of the first of three replica Keeper’s Cottages will be marked by a ceremonial ribbon cutting as the certificate of occupancy is given to CCLF marking a significant step in our progress to developing a Museum at the lighthouse.

On October 19, 2019, Mark Pieloch, owner of the American Muscle Car Museum (AMCM) in Melbourne, will host a Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation fundraising event. AMCM is Mark’s private collection of over 300 beautifully restored and operational classic muscle cars. Out of the hundreds of worthy Non Profit 501.c.3’s, only nine organizations a year are offered this opportunity. After visiting the lighthouse with his wife Tetiana earlier this spring, Mark was delighted to select the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse as one of these recipients. Watch for updates on this event on Facebook and our website – tickets and event sponsorship opportunities will be available within the next few weeks.

And in November, we are again teaming with Mitch Varnes to host the 2nd Annual Run the Cape Half Marathon and 10K. In its first year, over 1500 participants, volunteers and supporters enjoyed the race, finishing at the lighthouse with food, drink, tours and awards. We are hoping to exceed last year in preparations and participation. Registrations are already open – don’t be left in the dust!

With all this going on, it is easy to overlook the team behind the scenes that makes this all happen. The extra meetings, the personal commitments, the thoughtful engagements to make membership in our Foundation more than just a pin, a newsletter and a share in preserving our history. We want it to be fun, too.

Thanks for all you do.

See you at the Lighthouse!


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June 2019 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Canaveral Beacon is available now. It includes highlights and pictures of the 2019 Descendant’s Day celebration. The lighthouse had a visitor from the State House when Florida State Representative Tyler Sirois and his family enjoyed a tour of the lighthouse. You will also find a brief article in Lighthouse Legacies about Ora Carpenter, the lighthouse keeper from 1850-1853. In the Community Outreach section, you can read about the change in leadership of the Aid to Navigation Team Ponce. You can also read about the Membership/Volunteer event held on June 6 at Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral.

This month’s Volunteer Spotlight features Noel Sinchak. Meet Noel in the June newsletter.

Construction of the first of three lighthouse keepers’ cottages is complete and CCLF is now in the final trimming stages, installing flooring, cabinetry and interior paint! Check out the news updating the construction, including pictures of construction progress.

Don’t forget to check out the exciting new tour opportunities on the Lighthouse Tours page and at Canaveral Lighthouse Tours,. You will see first hand the progress on the first keepers’ cottage.

With progress on the Keepers’ Cottages, the Brick Walkway Program is picking up pace. Order your engraved brick and join in the history of the lighthouse.

Check out some of the upcoming events for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation and the Florida Lighthouse Association. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation will host a special fundraising event at Mark Pieloch’s American Muscle Car Museum on October 19. Also, join us on November 10, 2019, for the 2nd Annual Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Half Marathon and 10K Race, benefiting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.For more information on upcoming Florida Lighthouse Association events, visit Florida Lighthouse Association.

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Canaveral Beacon – June 2019

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Lighthouse Tours

Canaveral Lighthouse Tours is now conducting weekly excursions in small groups to tour the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and historic spaceflight launch complexes. Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

You can read a little about Shelley and Gerry Parker, owners of Cape Canaveral Tours in this month’s newsletter. The tours are an excellent opportunity to see the progress being made in the Keepers’ Cottage construction.

Plan and book your lighthouse tour today at Canaveral Lighthouse Tours, or call 321-307-2900 to make your reservations.

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Annual Foundation Sponsorship

Are you or your organization interested in being a Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation sponsor? You can find more information on our Lighthouse Foundation Sponsorship page. It includes a sponsorship letter from Foundation President Jim Underwood, and the Annual Sponsorship Form with more details on sponsorship levels.

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First Keeper’s Cottage Funded

On October 10th, 2017 the Brevard County Commissioners approved the Tourism Development Council recommendation to fund $500,000.00 for construction of the first Keeper’s Cottage for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Restoration of the Keeper’s Cottages has been a fundamental goal of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation since its establishment in 2002.

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Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA)

A Few Words about the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA)
Bob Merrilees
Former President, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation

The Florida Lighthouse Association is a nonprofit group of citizen activists dedicated to the preservation of the 30 remaining historic lighthouses that line our state’s 1,350-mile coastline. Once central to the economic growth and settlement of our nation, many of Florida’s lighthouses face uncertain futures. We encourage members of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation to support FLA by joining and attending meetings. For details check out the website at www.floridalighthouses.org . FLA grants have helped us toward our goals of restoring our Canaveral Lighthouse community as it once was. Recently FLA awarded us a grant of $6,000 for the rental of a trailer to be placed at the lighthouse to house our gift shop and display our Brick Project. We ask you to show your appreciation by joining FLA today!

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