Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation announced today the new gift shop (Keeper’s Closet) will open December 2. The Keeper’s Closet is located on the grounds of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.
The Foundation raised funds with a $6,000 grant from the Florida Lighthouse Association and a Go Fund Me campaign in October for the air-conditioned, secure trailer. The trailer is located adjacent to the lighthouse for convenience for the visitors during their tour of the lighthouse. In addition to a retail gift shop, the engraved brick paver walkway project will be housed in the trailer. Visitors will now have an opportunity to select a brick with a design that can be engraved and placed in the walkway surrounding the lighthouse.
“The Foundation was in dire need of a facility to house its Keeper’s Closet because it had outgrown its space on the first floor of the lighthouse. The Keeper’s Closet and Engraved Brick Paver Walkway Project are the main fundraising efforts for the Lighthouse Foundation,” said CCLF President Bob Merrilees.
The Florida Lighthouse Association, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1996, to promote and preserve Florida’s historic lighthouses. The FLA’s mission is to safeguard Florida’s remaining lighthouses for future generations by supporting community based restoration, preservation and education efforts. The FLA receives several grant applications each year, making competition for the funding through the non-profit organization high. To learn more about the Florida Lighthouse Association, visit www.FloridaLighthouses.org.
The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, established in 2002, assists the US Air Force 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in preserving, protecting, promoting and interpreting the lighthouse and its historical significance to the Florida Space Coast, State of Florida and Nation. It is our intent to complete the historical integrity of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Complex by rebuilding the original Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages. The Cottages will be designated as a replica home, an education center and an artifact display cottage with gift shop. We seek sponsors to join us and contribute toward our efforts.