Rocky Johnson – President CCLF

The Value of Our History?

How important is the preservation of our history? What is the value of understanding where we have been and how we got here, and how does understanding our past prepare us for the future? It has been said that those who do not understand the past are, sadly, doomed to repeat it. The many visitors we receive at the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse provide consistently high marks in reviewing tours currently supported out of a rented single-wide trailer. Lighthouse loving tourists come from all over the country to see our lighthouse, get their “lighthouse passport” stamped and to hear how this very lighthouse helped locate Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center here in Brevard County. And, they tell their friends!

These tourists also eat in restaurants, visit our beaches, rent cars and spend nights in hotels, and in so doing add significant dollars to our County tax base, including funds for cleaning up our Indian River Lagoon.

The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, the Brevard County Tourism Development Council, the majority of the Brevard County Commission and the State of Florida all believe that this Keepers Cottage Museum is a wise investment in our future.

Along the way, there have been and will be citizens who disagree. And while we respect and admire those who stand up for what they believe is right, we firmly believe in the preservation of our history, in promoting an under-standing of its role in the present and future industries of our region, and in recognizing the intrinsic as well as financial advantages the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse provides to our community, state and nation. Studying our history proves this is certainly the best path forward!

So I implore our members, our financial supporters and our politicians to please continue to take every appropriate action to help clean up our precious Indian River Lagoon, and at the same time please continue to support local projects worthy of our efforts and dollars, like the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Museum.

See you at the Lighthouse!

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