What’s that Light?
Our local Rotary Club held our inaugural “Rotary Glamping Weekend” recently at Jetty Park in Port Canaveral. On an absolutely gorgeous Friday evening, several families walked along the beach, children running in and out of the shallow surf and chasing ghost crabs, all lit by a nearly full moon and highlighted by a backdrop of millions of stars.
Having walked south a bit, we eventually turned around and began the trek north toward the jetty and the campground, with all of the children carrying on their antics and doing what children all over the world do, and the older folks just taking it all in. (It’s GREAT to be a grandparent, but that’s another story).
As we approached the jetty and began the walk west over the walkway across the dunes, one curious youngster asked about “the lights” and pointed toward the horizon to the north. We identified several lights at the Air Force Station, including lightning protection towers, etc., but the youngster’s curiosity obviously had not been satisfied. “No”, he said, “the one that flashes kind of slow and is real far away”. When we realized that he had fixed on the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse rotating beacon, I was at a loss for words. How many men, women and children have witnessed that light over the past 150 years? How many circumstances and how varied those circumstances must have been. Homecoming. Relief. Fear. Reckoning. Beginning. Conclusion. Romance. The list must be endless, but on that Friday evening, an elementary school boy reminded me of why so many of us value that light so much, and why we work so hard to preserve it and share its story with others.
His journey is just starting, while mine is more than half complete, but on that Friday evening, the lighthouse brought meaning to both of us.
See you at the Lighthouse!
The latest edition of the Canaveral Beacon is available now. It includes a letter from the late State Senator Dorothy Hukill congratulating our own Bev Merrilees for her nomination for the Non-Profit Business Champion Award for the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Business Champion of the Year.
Sadly, we are mourning the passing of State Senator Dorothy Hukill on October 2, 2018. Senator Hukill was a strong supporter in the Florida Senate of the Lighthouse Foundation mission to restore the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse to its historic setting. In memory of Senator Dorothy Hukill, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation will engrave a special brick for placement with so many of her friends’ bricks at the Lighthouse.
This month’s Volunteer Spotlight features Joe McLaughlin. You can read more about his contributions to the Lighthouse Foundation working at the Keeper’s Closet. Meet Joe in the August newsletter.
You will also find a brief article for making planned gifts to support the foundation. The article provides some information to help supporters fulfill their philanthropic goals. Be sure to discuss your estate gifts with your financial planning professional.
Check out some of the upcoming events for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation and the Florida Lighthouse Association. The Winter 2019 meeting of the Florida Lighthouse Association is scheduled at Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, January 25 – 26, 2019. For more information visit Florida Lighthouse Association
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Canaveral Beacon – October 2018
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On October 10th, 2017 the Brevard County Commissioners approved the Tourism Development Council recommendation to fund $500,000.00 for construction of the first Keeper’s Cottage for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Restoration of the Keeper’s Cottages has been a fundamental goal of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation since its establishment in 2002.
A Few Words about the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA)
Former President, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation
The Florida Lighthouse Association is a nonprofit group of citizen activists dedicated to the preservation of the 30 remaining historic lighthouses that line our state’s 1,350-mile coastline. Once central to the economic growth and settlement of our nation, many of Florida’s lighthouses face uncertain futures. We encourage members of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation to support FLA by joining and attending meetings. For details check out the website at www.floridalighthouses.org . FLA grants have helped us toward our goals of restoring our Canaveral Lighthouse community as it once was. Recently FLA awarded us a grant of $6,000 for the rental of a trailer to be placed at the lighthouse to house our gift shop and display our Brick Project. We ask you to show your appreciation by joining FLA today!