Jim Underwood – President CCLF

Light List Position: 28-27-37.256N, 080-32-36.422W

As the year’s twilight rapidly approaches, I pause with a metaphorical sextant in hand, check the chronometer and align the stars. It is time to fix our position. I recall an old sailor’s lesson about a sea captain who once radioed the captain of a light in the distance to yield the right of way only to discover he had been calling a lighthouse. Although, Cape Canaveral’s Lighthouse is fixed in position, its “keepers” seem forever on the go.

Indeed, 2019 was a “banner year” for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation (CCLF). Most significantly, we completed the first phase of our grounds restoration project, successfully reconstructing the first of three keeper cottages. Soon we will be unlocking the cottage doors to celebrate the grand opening of our long awaited Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop. Our history education program also achieved a participation milestone, surpassing more than 800 fourth-graders from Brevard County Schools since the first field trip took place. Thanks to the collaborative effort of CCLF’s leadership, committees, advisors and sponsors, we have also made headway on improving accessibility to the lighthouse grounds. And our lighthouse tours continue to increase in frequency and attendance. Canaveral Tours has added more lighthouse packages to their tour offerings, and soon the lighthouse will begin welcoming Kennedy Space Center’s visitors supporting their new “Cape Canaveral’s Rise to Space” tour on Tuesday afternoons.

Thanks to the tireless enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers and docents, CCLF hosted a variety of events this year including our “Night Under the Stars” fundraising dinner at the lighthouse; a membership appreciation event at Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral; a fundraising reception at the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne; and celebrated Descendant’s Day with a luncheon at the lighthouse which included a preview of the Keeper’s Cottage. Oh, and did I mention we just hosted over 1,000 runners, walkers and supporters to our Second Annual Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Half Marathon and 10K “Run to the Lighthouse.”

And so, to all our sponsors, keepers, volunteers, docents, committees, advisors and leadership who helped make this one fantastic year, I thank you and look forward to seeing you next year at the lighthouse.

Wishing you and yours, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Jim

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