Jim Underwood – President CCLF


Dear Friends and Fellow Keepers,

As your new President, I am thrilled to cast off the lines of this issue of Canaveral Beacon by providing an outlook of what’s to come in 2019 for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation (CCLF). But first, I wish to extend my deep and sincere appreciation to my predecessor, Rocky Johnson, for his phenomenal leadership over the past two years and a job well done in charting a course for our success.
During the past two years, Rocky’s commitment to service allowed CCLF to navigate an ocean of work on a full ahead bell and left us running at max turns on all main engines. As a seaman, I know we cannot continue to do so without risking damage to the propulsion system; however, as I take control of the helm, my aim is to keep the Foundation’s direction and progress without losing the momentum needed to carry us safely home.
And home is where the lighthouse beckons…starting with a new Keeper’s Cottage Museum and Gift Shop. After countless hours of planning and permitting, followed by several months of construction and project management, we are nearing completion on the first of three keeper’s cottages being rebuilt on the lighthouse grounds. In June, I anticipate hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of our museum and gift shop, complete with attractive landscaping to replace the portable trailer which is there today.
I also envision launching a follow-on project this year to build a second keeper’s cottage on the lighthouse grounds. The second cottage will serve as an educational center satisfying not only the Florida history program for the fourth-grade students of Brevard County Schools, but also providing opportunities for students of history, maritime and aerospace industries to encounter our unique Cape Canaveral archeology and enrich their experience at the lighthouse.
Guided tours, special events, increased and enhanced access for the public? These are givens! What is not given is the monetary and voluntary support necessary to accomplish our mission, and we will need both to succeed. Rocky would be the first to say he did not do this alone, and like Rocky, I am relying on your willingness and dedication to help wherever you are able.
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is a historical treasure for all. In the coming year, I will look to all of you, CCLF’s finest, to help promote the Lighthouse and our Foundation to your friends and relations, and to step forward by offering your time, talent and expertise, and above all, to enjoy our adventure together.

See you at the Lighthouse!


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