From the new President
I am humbled to accept my new role as President of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation (CCLF), and would be remiss if I didn’t note that Admiral Bob Merrilees’ vision, dedication and work ethic are, and always will be, an immeasurable gift to the CCLF and to the people of Brevard County. If I can be even half the leader he has been, the CCLF will have nothing to worry about!
For a little background, I come from good historical preservation stock, as my parents’ home in Southern Maryland was built in 1686, and appears on the National Register of Historic Places. My wife and I have lived in Brevard County for nearly thirty years, where I have worked in the construction industry, including the aerospace, military, maritime and other “genres,” emphasizing the Design Build and Construction Management contracting methods. We have two wonderful children and two wonderful grandchildren.
My vision for the CCLF is to help the phenomenal people assembled on our Board in carrying the proverbial ball forward. I have seen first-hand the value of sharing cultural, maritime, economic and architectural history with people of all ages and backgrounds, and I very much look forward to continuing that effort with the treasure that is our Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Like the mariners who depended on the lighthouse for navigation, understanding our history can help us plot our course to an even better future.
A few of my personal goals for the coming year:
• Work with the 45th Space Wing and the CCAFS to ensure continued public access to the lighthouse and grounds.
• Continue to build upon our established tours, now taking place every Friday and Saturday!
• Continue our efforts to rebuild the Keepers’ Cottages, creating museum and educational facilities for our visitors.
• Launch our pilot program in partnership with Brevard County Public Schools to bring the history of our lighthouse into Brevard County Elementary Schools.
• Continue to reach out to our Brevard County partners and residents, sharing the message of the Cape Canaveral Light.
• Encourage continued CCLF Board and volunteer growth.
I sincerely hope that each of you reading this edition of our newsletter will come by and visit us at the Lighthouse or at one of our events. And please do get involved! Our lighthouse and our future depend on good people like you for support!