FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT KICKS OFF
FOUNDATION’S YEAR-END FUNDRAISER
A generous donation of $10,000 from Florida Power & Light (FPL) to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation kicked off our 2014 year-end fundraiser. “This fundraiser will support the effort to secure a license to re-build the original Keeper’s Cottages on the lighthouse property,” said CCLF President RADM Bob Merrilees. The requirements necessary to obtain a license include: a subsurface soil exploration, geotechnical engineering evaluation, topographic survey, environmental baseline survey, environmental assessment, legal description and sketch and boundary survey.
“Since the FP&L donation, the Foundation has received additional funds from our charitable community; reaching 52% of our goal. We are optimistic our goal will be accomplished by year end” remarked Foundation Vice President Ginny Davis. The Keeper’s Cottage project will consist of three cottages: an educational center, a replica cottage and a gift shop/museum. Volunteer docents will tell the story of the Lighthouse Keepers, their efforts to keep the beacon lit and the day-to-day challenges of family life at the Lighthouse.
Future generations will have the opportunity to understand the importance of the role that the lighthouse has played in the safety of maritime travel on the eastern seashore as well as in the history of Cape Canaveral. To that end and for the reasons stated below, the Foundation realized that the Keepers’ Cottages should be rebuilt to complete the historical integrity of the original configuration of buildings surrounding the lighthouse. The buildings housed the families of the head lighthouse keeper and those of his two assistants. Historically, therefore, rebuilding the cottages is the proper thing to do. Practically, rebuilding the Keepers’ Cottages would provide an arena in which to tell the story of the lighthouse.
The story of the lighthouse is a compelling one. It includes the depiction of men and women who lived at a time when keeping a signal in the form of a beam of light was critical in order to warn of the danger of treacherous shoals on the coastline. Therefore, the Foundation envisions an educational center to be constructed on site that would enable us to tell the story of the courageous keepers of the light who kept the lamp lit often under arduous conditions. The story of the lighthouse and its keepers is not the only story of Cape Canaveral that needs to be told. The early settlers and pioneers at the Cape is a unique history that is an essential part of the history of the lighthouse. Another story for future generations is the diverse and delicate eco system that begs to be told.
Much needs to be told about the Native Americans who were on the grounds centuries before thoughts were even given to having a lighthouse. Consequently, with all the numerous stories that make up the Cape, it is incumbent upon us to have a place to relate these histories. What better place for an educational center than in a Keeper’s Cottage? The facility would contain artifacts, documents and materials of this bygone era as well as house an interpretive center.
Won’t you help us reach the goal by making a tax deductible donation? This can be done by pressing the donate button here on the website at www.CanaveralLight.org, making a donation via PayPal or via mail to: CCLF, P.O. Box 1978, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.