As many of you know, Gasparilla Island, Florida, has two lighthouses. The original Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, established in 1890, is now a museum and educational facility. The second lighthouse, established as a rear range in 1927, has undergone a major restoration.
Thanks to Toni C. Collins, the Society’s Passport Ambassador for Florida West Coast-Alabama-Mississippi, for supplying the recent January 17, 2018, news article from the Venice Herald Tribune, describing the tremendous work and fundraising done by the Barrier Island Parks Society following two hurricanes. She thinks these folks deserve some publicity for their efforts!
Link to article: Gasparilla Island Lighthouse brought back to life
Submitted January 28, 2018
Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. For 30 years, her work involved lighthouse history. She worked with the National Park Service and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted author and was considered the most knowledgable person on lighthouse information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights: a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers , Mind the Light Katie, and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.