As a symbol of our community’s patriotism, the City of Sanibel Public Works staff placed red, white and blue bunting upon the Lighthouse and both Caretaker’s Cottages.
For the first time in 132 years, the Sanibel Lighthouse has been decorated with Independence Day patriotic bunting. The Sanibel Island Lighthouse was built in 1884 and was one of the first lighthouses on Florida’s Gulf coast north of Key West and the Dry Tortugas. After having been under ownership of the Coast Guard, in 2004, the Sanibel Lighthouse was given to the City of Sanibel. The Lighthouse was last restored in 2013 and has been a recognized icon of Sanibel for many years.
The holiday decorations will remain on the Lighthouse and Cottages until July 7, 2017.
Submitted by City of Sanibel Manager’s Office, June 20, 2017
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2 thoughts on “Sanibel’s Lighthouse and Cottages Dressed for Independence Day”
Too bad it is NOT open to the public. Seems ashamed to restore it then only open once in awhile for one or two days.
What a beautiful idea! Especially in these times of tumult and mistrust, this splendid show of patriotism brings a much-needed warmth to my heart! Well done!