Jim Underwood – President CCLF

The Long Shadows of Fall

As autumn sets in around Florida with the same heat, but slightly less humidity, I noticed a dozen or so wild turkeys hanging out in the morning shadow of the lighthouse earlier this week. Of course, this made me think of Thanksgiving and of all the many blessings for which I am thankful.

As President of your Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, I am so thankful for our volunteers and docents. I see the time and talent that so many of them give so generously to promoting the lighthouse to our community and beyond. They share so much of their passion for the lighthouse with each person who visits, young and old, local or foreign — anyone who visits, and many who hear about it without ever having been there. Our volunteers and docents are amazing — every one! And I’ve had many opportunities in the recent weeks to observe firsthand — from our fundraising event at the American Muscle Car Museum, to the Motorcycle Club who toured, to the 4th Grade students from Lewis Carroll Elementary, regular tours, special tours. Our volunteers and docents share a passion that is contagious. Visitors leave the lighthouse inspired by what they’ve learned; reflective on the historical context our lighthouse brings to the aerospace and maritime industries upon which our county and central Florida thrive.

I am thankful to serve on a Board of Directors, each of whom contributes willingly and professionally their ideas, their heartfelt desire to improve and enhance the experience our visitors receive when coming to the lighthouse.

And last, but not least, our Annual Sponsors whose generosity in donating to the preservation of our Foundation’s work makes the entire endeavor possible. And our loyal members who comprehend the value of an understanding of history and the significant role our lighthouse has played in that history

There is something magical in the long shadows of a fall evening. They stretch to the East, reaching to the Atlantic for the cooler days of winter which surely must arrive soon. And with them, the future.

See you at the Lighthouse!


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October 2019 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Canaveral Beacon is available now. It includes highlights and pictures of the Keep the Light Shining Fundraising Gala held at the American Muscle Car Museum on October 19.

The lighthouse experienced an equipment failure recently, leaving the rotating beacon non-operational. Thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard Aids to the Navigation Team in Ponce, our light was not out for long — replacing the failed equipment, completing the repair and returning the lighthouse to full operation.

You can also read about Foundation members, Ron and Chris Ecker, honored at the fall meeting of the Florida Lighthouse Association. In the Community Outreach section, read about the Foundation participation in the 23rd Annual Teacher Open House.

This month’s Volunteer Spotlight features Jim Roche. Meet him and read about his lighthouse experience in the October newsletter.

The 45th Space Wing has put in place a process to allow the Lighthouse Foundation conduct Open house visits to the lighthouse. The first escorted visit will be held on November 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Check the Upcoming Events section for details.

Don’t forget to check out the exciting new tour opportunities on the Lighthouse Tours page and at Canaveral Lighthouse Tours,. You will see first hand the progress on the first keepers’ cottage.

You and your family can be part of the lighthouse restoration. Order your engraved brick and join in the history of the lighthouse. You can use the form in the newsletter to order your brick using traditional mail, or go to the Keepers’ Walkway page and order your brick online.

Check out some of the upcoming events for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation and the Florida Lighthouse Association. Join us on November 10, 2019, for the 2nd Annual Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Half Marathon and 10K Race, benefiting the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.For more information on upcoming Florida Lighthouse Association events, visit Florida Lighthouse Association.

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Canaveral Beacon – October 2019

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Lighthouse Tours

Canaveral Lighthouse Tours is now conducting weekly excursions in small groups to tour the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and historic spaceflight launch complexes. Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

You can read a little about Shelley and Gerry Parker, owners of Cape Canaveral Tours in this month’s newsletter. The tours are an excellent opportunity to see the progress being made in the Keepers’ Cottage construction.

Plan and book your lighthouse tour today at Canaveral Lighthouse Tours, or call 321-307-2900 to make your reservations.

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Annual Foundation Sponsorship

Are you or your organization interested in being a Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation sponsor? You can find more information on our Lighthouse Foundation Sponsorship page. It includes a sponsorship letter from Foundation President Jim Underwood, and the Annual Sponsorship Form with more details on sponsorship levels.

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First Keeper’s Cottage Funded

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.

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Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA)

A Few Words about the Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA)
Bob Merrilees
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!

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