Annual Lighthouse Gathering

It is with great regret that the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation must cancel the Lighthouse Annual Gathering scheduled for October 18, 2014. Some of the key coordinators have medical issues and are unable carry thru at this time. We are also impacted by the planning for our major fund raising event scheduled for November 8, 2014.

We very much appreciate our members and those that have supported our goals with purchases of bricks, but it is not feasible to hold the gathering at this time. Those of you who have made reservations will receive a refund. Thank you all for your continued support.

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Board

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Council of Community Leaders Gathering

This week marks the 120th anniversary of the relighting of the lighthouse on July 25, 1894. It was fitting to commemorate the anniversary with the inaugural gathering of the Council of Community Leaders. On Saturday, July 19, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation hosted a reception and presentation for civic, community and business leaders of the Space Coast at the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral.

The purpose of the event was to share the plans, progress and goals of the foundation project to restore the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages. Ginny Davis did an outstanding job leading the Lighthouse Board in engaging the council guests with great food and wonderful conversation about the historical treasure we have in the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Shane Smith gave an outstanding presentation detailing the scope of the Keepers’ Cottages project. The response from our guests was enthusiastic and supportive as active participants toward the cottage restoration.

Hensel Phelps and Architects RZK, two of the project partners, provided valuable support in presenting the ambitious project objectives. Artist renderings of the project design created by Architects RZK can bee seen on our Cottage Project Gallery page. They are available on the Architects RZK Facebook page.

Keepers Cottages Site Plan
The evening was a great success and the Foundation Board would like to thank Port Canaveral and the Exploration Tower staff for their help hosting this event. The Board would also like to thank Baja Tavern and their excellent catering staff for a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvre and beverages.
Now the task of raising the funds to complete the Cottage Project begins in earnest. The Foundation plans to host our first fund raising event on November 8, 2014. Details for this event will follow, so mark you calender and plan to join us.

New photos have been added to the Cottage Project Gallery page, taken at the Council of Community Leaders gathering.

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8th Annual Lobster Fest

The Lobster Fest was a great success and we sincerely appreciate all the support we received from our vol-unteers, our sponsors, our members and our community. Janey Powell was the Lobster Fest Coordinator and did a superb job. An excellent meal was served by Boston Beef & Seafood in Cape Canaveral. We were honored to have Col Pavelko, his wife Carol, his daughter Hana and Lt Col Tony Cole and his wife, Lori attend. Having our event in Hangar C worked out well and the weather cooperated—all in all a fun day at our Lighthouse! Check out the March issue of the Canaveral Beacon to see photos of this year’s Lobster Fest and find out how you can become a member of the foundation.

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DAR Grant – Windows Project Complete

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation (CCLF) window restoration project has been completed and the historic lighthouse is once again protected from inclement weather. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation was awarded a grant by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in the amount of $6,695 in May 2013. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of Philip Perry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Cocoa, Florida.

Windows Project 1
RADM Bob Merrilees (CCLF President), Past DAR Regent Barbara Moser, Ginny Davis (CCLF Vice President), and DAR regent Anne Schwanda

Seventeen windows were cracked, hinges rusted and latches broken throughout the lighthouse. The cracks in the glass presented a hazard to the visitors. The improperly functioning latches and cracks in the glass allowed water damage to the wooden floors and to the iron walls and beams in the lighthouse structure.

Window Project 2
Contractor Russ Allison, Allison QC, RADM Bob Merrilees, DAR Regent Anne Schwanda

The Foundation expresses its gratitude to Barbara Moser who was the Regent of the Philip Perry Chapter during the grant writing process. CCLF matched the DAR grant to fund the complete cost of restoring seventeen windows.

Barbara Moser and BrigGen Armagno
BrigGen Armagno, Commander, 45th Space Wing presented Barbara Moser with the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse plaque in appreciation for her work and support with the DAR grant used to complete the windows restoration project.

Read the complete DAR Grant Press Release and visit the DAR Grant Window Restoration Gallery.

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Cape Canaveral Light – Warden of the Sea, Launchpad to the Stars!

Lighthouse view of the launch.
Lighthouses have long stood at the edges of the world, lonely outposts maintained by devoted souls to ensure the safety of ships at sea. But, only one remarkable beacon was destined to illuminate the path for ships of space! But how did this happen? How did a lighthouse built on a hook of sand jutting out into the Atlantic to protect mariners from dangerous currents become a front row witness to the advent of the Space Age?

Described by Ponce de Leon as the “Cabo de las Corrientes” or “Cape of the Currents”, this area was a navigational landmark long before it had a name. The Ais were the first indians that Ponce de Leon encountered in 1513 when he tried to land at St. Lucie Inlet. Fierce and respected, the Ais fought off Spanish explorers invading the area with their cane arrows and another name endowed by the Spanish, “Cabo de Canaveral” or “Cape of Canes” is the name which has endured. From the age of exploration to now, this landmass has been an important crossroad in man’s inherent need to push the limits of his world!

This post is a brief excerpt courtesy of the Janthina Images Photo Journal.  To read the full posting you can go to Cape Canaveral Light – Warden of the Sea, Launchpad to the Stars!  While visiting the Photo Journal, be sure to explore some of their adventures including the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse tour and the photo gallery.

This post is reprinted with permission from J A Lovell, author and designer of the Janthina Images Photo Journal.
Photo: Rocket Launch with Canaveral Lighthouse is courtesy NASA

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