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#209906 - 02/29/16 11:33 PM update on the Reef Lights (Florida)
ericlighthouse Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
Hi all,
after waiting four years the government now figured out that 4 of the 5 remaining Reef Lights that have NOT been transferred are NOT in the state of Florida. I could have told them that years ago. Any how Sand Key is in the state and will be released by the NHLPA (National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act) and perhaps soon. The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation long ago voted to apply for the remaining 5 (Fowey Rocks was in Biscayne National Park and they decided they wanted it at the last moment). We have raised funds to get anodes on the Fowey again (no sign of the old ones) and had a replacement tension rod made and installed. So the corrosion has been arrested for now.
By the way the other 4 are Sombrero Key, Alligator Reef, Carysfort Reef and American Shoal. For more info visit
www.reeflights.org
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#210108 - 06/08/16 01:20 AM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
Sand Key lighthouse will be up this Summer. I am guessing July 1st.
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#210229 - 07/16/16 01:16 AM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
Recently we were approved by the Coast Guard to put anodes on Carysfort, Sombrero, Alligator and American Shoal. The contractor and myself will be taking a visit out to Carysfort this weekend to see how bad the barnacles and other growth are where we need to add the anodes and to take measurements. For those who don't know the anodes will prevent more corrosion of the cast iron (most of the lighthouse is cast iron or wrought iron.
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#210239 - 07/17/16 06:00 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
The Cape Cod Store.com Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 1088
Loc: South Dennis, MA/internet
Thanks for the update Eric. Keep us posted. please.
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Roland Babineau
The only true Harbour Lights dealer left in the world and the ONLY retailer in the world authorized to sell Harry Hine's lighthouse collectible line!
http://www.thecapecodstore.com/harbor_lights.html

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#210633 - 08/09/17 05:46 AM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
Well last year I waited and waited only to find out one again no lighthouse was being released (Notice of Availability)....fast forward one year the NOA finally was done and the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation has put in their notice of interest. That deadline has passed, but the GSA won't tell me if another group applied. Anyway the inspection is August 31st so I may learn more then. For more information please visit our website www.reeflights.org or just email me at ericlighthouse@yahoo.com or call
407-341-7374
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#210638 - 08/12/17 08:15 AM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
Maubejr Offline
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Registered: 03/13/17
Posts: 62
Loc: Vernon, Connecticut
Thanks for the update Eric! :)
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~I will love the light for it shows me the way~
Marcel

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#210759 - 10/23/17 06:14 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
Hi all, we are the only group applying for the lighthouse. But we must still convince the Government we can maintain the Sand Key lighthouse.
Susan and I have put up $1,000 in matching money for any donations up till midnight October 31. It is a dollar for dollar match.
Oh and Sand Key did survive the Hurricane.


Edited by ericlighthouse (10/23/17 06:15 PM)
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#210760 - 10/23/17 08:18 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
Dave H Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 7831
Loc: Kokomo, IN
Glad the light survived the hurricane. Hopefully the FKRLF will be awarded it by GSA and will be successful in your care for the light.

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#210761 - 10/25/17 08:37 AM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
The Cape Cod Store.com Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 1088
Loc: South Dennis, MA/internet
Good luck Eric. I know that noone cares more for those reef lights than FKRLF. I encourage all who can to join us in helping them to acquire the funds necessary to convince the GSA that they can restore the light.
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Roland Babineau
The only true Harbour Lights dealer left in the world and the ONLY retailer in the world authorized to sell Harry Hine's lighthouse collectible line!
http://www.thecapecodstore.com/harbor_lights.html

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#210872 - 01/12/18 07:06 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
Hi all,
finally got some good pictures of American Shoal and it HAS received damage. All the glass from the lantern room is gone and 2 panels of the roof are half gone.
I am checking with the Coast Guard and the Florida National Marine Sanctuary to see if they will let us do a temporary repair while they decide how to transfer this lighthouse and 3 others.
It is sad that we not have 3 lighthouse in really bad shape and Hurricane season is less than 6 months away.
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#210873 - 01/12/18 07:07 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
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Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
The pictures are on our facebook under Reef Lights.
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#211149 - 01/09/19 09:06 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation is still waiting for an answer on Sand Key Lighthouse. We put in an application of more than 100 pages. The NPS had sent it up to the Secretary of the Department of Interior, however, he resigned December 31st and with the government shut down, who knows how long it will be.
NO repairs were made to American Shoal and they did NOT give us permission to make temporary repairs either. I was asking myself the other day, will there be anything to save once the government makes a decision. All but Fowey Rocks was suppose to be done in 2013. The other 4 are suppose to be up soon, but it looks like the government shut down is holding that up too.
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#211172 - 02/15/19 08:33 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
Hi all,
the National Parks Service says we do NOT qualify...so far no reason why. Meanwhile Sand Key Lighthouse will soon be up for auction. Don't understand how the NPS can say we do not quality when they take structures and have no money for them and do not even start to preserve them. The only work on Fowey Rocks has been paid for by the F K R L F and F L A (Florida Lighthouse Association). I have asked what the minimum bid will be for the lighthouse with no house. Answer should be soon. I can not start to tell you how disappointed I am, they won't give us a shot!


Edited by ericlighthouse (02/16/19 03:41 PM)
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#211175 - 02/16/19 12:46 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
The Cape Cod Store.com Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 1088
Loc: South Dennis, MA/internet
Eric,
Nothing should surprise any of us when dealing with today's government departments. Not much is making sense these days, no matter which side of the aisle you're on...
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Roland Babineau
The only true Harbour Lights dealer left in the world and the ONLY retailer in the world authorized to sell Harry Hine's lighthouse collectible line!
http://www.thecapecodstore.com/harbor_lights.html

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#211176 - 02/16/19 03:44 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
ericlighthouse Offline
Super Wacko

Registered: 04/27/03
Posts: 2194
Loc: Orlando, Fl.
You won't believe the work that goes into an application and then they sent back more questions, a statement that was NOT true and then make you wait almost a year to tell you do NOT qualify with no explanation.
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Eric, Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation; Godfather of Jones Point River Lighthouse; member and District Commissioner of Florida Lighthouse Association et el

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#211178 - 02/17/19 04:15 PM Re: update on the Reef Lights (Florida) [Re: ericlighthouse]
Dave H Offline
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Registered: 01/01/70
Posts: 7831
Loc: Kokomo, IN
It would be fair to presume that if you do not meet some unknown qualifications that you would be told what they were. Kind of like double secret probation, I guess. Roland's earlier comments are certainly accurate.

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