Rocky Johnson – President CCLF

Wow! For those of you who were not able to attend our 150th Anniversary Celebration Lighthouse Festival, words cannot express what you missed! My grandson, almost four years old, is still talking about lighthouses everywhere he goes, and it truly warms my heart to know we are successfully taking the message of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and the 45th Space Wing not only to the world as we know it today, but also passing that message on to future generations. For those of you who were able to participate, I have only two words: THANK YOU!

45th Space Wing: Thank you for understanding the depth of meaning and profound value in sharing the history of the lighthouse and the Wing with the public. The rewards are more evident every day.

· Sponsors: Thank you for contributing dollars to a worthy local cause almost entirely because it’s a worthy local cause! As a business person, I am keenly aware that the ROI is not dollars, but rather the knowledge that you have helped those who need your help, and in so doing you’ve made the world a better place. More to come on recognition of our great sponsors!

· USCG: Thank you for being, without question, the Unsung Heroes of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. No matter the occasion or request, when we call upon the US Coast Guard they not only appear, but appear in force, and execute flawlessly. We would truly be lost without the USCG.

· Volunteers: Thank you for being the face of who we are. Many of you will never attend a Board Meeting, but you know, understand and represent who we are far better than any Board Member ever could.

· Docents: Thank you for being the heart and soul of our story, and for the countless trips to and from the lighthouse to tell that story in cold and heat, sunshine and rain, large crowds and just a few people.

· Florida State Senate and House of Representatives: Thank you for supporting organizations that preserve our rich cultural, maritime, economic and aerospace history. Navigation is at our very core, and thanks to you, the world knows that.

· Brevard County Commissioners: Thank you for understanding the key role that the lighthouse plays in our history, our present day tourism, and in our future. Thank you for listening to me the many times I have come before you to beg for funding!

· TDC: Thank you for considering and then selecting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Museum Cottage as a Key project to promote local tourism through historical and cultural awareness. Your vision will shed light on generations to come.

· CCLF Board: Thank you for making my job as your president look easy, and thank you for the many, many hours you dedicate to the lighthouse.

· BCPS: Thank you, and especially MILA Elementary, for understanding how important it is that our children understand where we have been, and that having a knowledge of the past is critical in plotting our course for the future.

· Members: Thank you for being members. Your word of mouth and your $35 membership are the lifeblood of the foundation.

Simply the best two words to everyone — THANK YOU!

See you at the Lighthouse!

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February 2018 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Canaveral Beacon is available now. It includes articles and photos about the 2018 Lighthouse Festival celebrated on February 10. You can read a short article and see a few pictures about preparations going into the festival.

Special recognition and a tremendous thank-you goes to all of the volunteers who helped make the festival a huge success.

This month’s Volunteer Spotlight features Yvonne Thornton and her work in the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation. You can read more about Yvonne and her unique ancestral connection to the lighthouse in the latest issue of the Canaveral Beacon.

And we’re looking forward to groundbreaking on the first Keeper’s Cottage on March 22, at 9:00 am.

You can view the newsletter at:

Canaveral Beacon – February 2018

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Lighthouse Festival 2018 – Photo Gallery

Lighthouse 2018

Thanks to Heather Reid Photography for supporting the 2018 Lighthouse Festival. You can see the entire photo gallery at the 2018 Lighthouse Festival Photo Gallery page.

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Lighthouse Festival 2018 – A Celebration!

Wow! A great day to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse! Jump over to our Lighthouse Facebook page to see some of the posts and pictures from the guests attending the Lighthouse Festival. Yes! The weather was gorgeous! The food was great! The entertainment was perfect! We are already looking forward to next year’s event. Mark your calendars!

Celebrate 150 Years

If you would like to join the Foundation, become a member with our online membership form. To use traditional mail delivery, please print out our membership form.

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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 . 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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