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Ponce Inlet Lighthouse 2021 Winter Membership Event

  • 05 Feb 2021
  • 06 Feb 2021
  • Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Registration

  • Friday night social, Saturday membership meeting, lunch, the Lighthouse climb on Saturday, and a donation to the Lighthouse General Fund.
  • Saturday meeting virtually via the Florida Lighthouse Association’s Facebook.
  • Saturday membership meeting, lunch, the Lighthouse climb on Saturday, and a donation to the Lighthouse General Fund.
  • Includes the Friday night social, Saturday membership meeting, lunch, the Lighthouse climb on Saturday, and a donation to the Lighthouse General Fund.
  • Saturday meeting virtually via the Florida Lighthouse Association’s Facebook.
  • Saturday membership meeting, lunch, the Lighthouse climb on Saturday, a one-year individual membership to the FLA, and a donation to the Lighthouse General Fund.
  • Includes the Friday night social, Saturday membership meeting, lunch, the Lighthouse climb on Saturday, a 1-year individual membership to the FLA, and a donation to the Lighthouse General Fund.

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2021 Winter Membership event

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

February 5 & 6, 2021





Join us at the Florida Lighthouse Association’s winter membership event at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and explore firsthand the fascinating history of this magnificent sentinel. Members have the option of attending this event in person or virtually via zoom.


Did you know that…..

  • The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, constructed in 1887, is the tallest in Florida at 175’ and the third tallest in the U.S., yet its predecessor stood only 45’ high and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1836, less than one year after it was built.
  • Ponce De Leon Inlet was originally named Mosquito Inlet by the Spanish in the 1500s? The name was officially changed to Ponce De Leon in 1927 to make the area more appealing to real-estate investors.
  •  In 1897, author Stephen Crane and three other men were shipwrecked about 10 miles off the coast and used the Lighthouse as their guide to the shore.  Crane later immortalized the Lighthouse in his short story “The Open Boat,” one of the finest sea stories in the English language.
  • The Ponce Inlet Light was accessible only by boat until 1908, when the first road connecting the Light Station to the town of Port Orange was constructed.
  • During Prohibition, Bahamian rum-runners used the Lighthouse to navigate their cargoes into Daytona Beach, where Federal agents waited in hopes of capturing the smugglers.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard watched for enemy submarines from the top of the Lighthouse and used the keeper dwellings as barracks during World War II.
  • The Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998


We encourage you to visit the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum before, during, and after our meeting to learn more about the rich history of the Lighthouse and the Ponce Inlet area.  The Light Station is considered one of the largest, most complete, and best-preserved historic lighthouse facilities in the nation, with all of its original buildings intact.  Its nationally-known Ayers Davies Lens Exhibit Building houses one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world, including the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse’s rotating first order Fresnel lenses and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse’s original fixed first order Fresnel lens.   

You will have the opportunity on Saturday to be among the first to tour the late-19th

century Pacetti Hotel, which the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association recently acquired.  Learn how the history of this structure, the land that it sits on, and the family that built and operated it, are closely linked to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and its keepers and families. 

Meeting Information


The events begin on Friday, February 5, 2021, with committee meetings, the Board meeting, and a social hour at the Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL Ponce Inlet Community Center Link.   The committee meetings will commence at 6:00 PM, EST, followed by the Board meeting at 7:00 PM, EST, and the social hour at about 8:00 PM, EST.  Aunt Catfish’s On The River, Port Orange, FL, will provide sandwich boxes, consisting of a sandwich, fresh fruit cup, and homemade cookie.  Also, FLA will serve soda, beer, and wine.

    On Saturday, February 6, 2021, the membership meeting will be at the Ponce Inlet Community Center at 9:00 AM, EST.  Aunt Catfish’s On The River will serve a buffet lunch at 11:30 AM, EST, consisting of beef burgundy, grilled tilapia, fresh green beans, mashed red potatoes, traditional coleslaw, cinnamon rolls, key lime pie, and coffee or iced tea.  

    After lunch, we will drive to the Lighthouse (1.5 miles; 4 minutes), 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, where we can climb the 203 steps to the top.  Free parking is available in the Lighthouse’s lower main parking area for motorcycles and regular-sized vehicles only.  Upon completion of the Lighthouse visit, you are invited to come in and browse the Museum’s gift shop, which offers a wide variety of lighthouse and nautical-themed merchandise including apparel, home décor, jewelry, books, toys, and more.

    The cost for this event will be $85 for members and $115 for non-members (non-member fee includes a 1-year membership in FLA), and includes the Friday night social, Saturday membership meeting, lunch, the Lighthouse climb on Saturday, and a donation to the Lighthouse General Fund.  The cost for Saturday-only attendees will be $60 for FLA members and $90 for non-members, which includes a 1-year membership in FLA.  The cost for children under 15 is $43.

    A mandatory mask policy is currently in place at both the Community Center and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.  Members attending the meeting will be required to bring their own masks and wear them at all times during the social, meeting, and while on the Lighthouse grounds (except while drinking and eating).  Although hand-sanitizing stations have been installed at both facilities, members are still encouraged to supply their own hand-sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, if desired. Members are asked to practice social distancing whenever possible while touring the Lighthouse and Museum, by maintaining a minimum six-foot separation from others.  When social distancing is not possible, please restrict group sizes to 10 people or less.  At the Community Center, pets are prohibited unless certified as medically necessary.  No open containers of alcohol may be taken from the Community Center to an attendee’s car.

    Members have the option of attending the meeting virtually via Zoom. (A link will be provided to registrants one week before the meeting.) The cost for this option will be $15 for members and $20 for non-members, which includes a magnet that will be mailed after the meeting.

    Registration and payment must be received by January 27, 2021.  Registration is limited to the first eighty (80) persons.  Please specify any dietary restrictions when you register.

    BLING

    Friday, Valentine’s Day

    Saturday, ALL Lighthouse Attire—Show your LOVE for lighthouses. 

    Recommended Accommodations

    Attendees are encouraged to check with the hotels for their COVID policies and restrictions.

    Hampton Inn Daytona Beach Shores

    Room Rate $175 Oceanfront (Double queen w/balcony); Room Rate $159 Ocean View (Double queen w/balcony); includes free breakfast.  MUST CALL THE HOTEL AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE.

    3135 S. Atlantic Ave.

    Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118

    (386) 767-8533

    The hotel is 6.83 miles from the Lighthouse and 5.01 miles from the meeting venue, the Ponce Inlet Community Center.

    Cut-off date:  January 1, 2021

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Oceanfront Daytona Beach Shores

    Room Rate $119 (single/quad occupancy); two-night minimum stay on weekends; includes free breakfast.  MUST CALL THE HOTEL AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE.

    3301 S. Atlantic Ave.

    Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118

    (386) 767-1711

    The hotel is 6.2 miles from the Lighthouse and 4.5 miles from the meeting venue, the Ponce Inlet Community Center.

    Cut-off date:  January 5, 2021 

    Holiday Inn & Suites Daytona Beach on the Ocean

    Room Rate $114 (city view); $134 (ocean front); MUST CALL THE HOTEL AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE.

    930 N. Atlantic Ave.

    Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

    (386) 255-5494

    The hotel is 12.7 miles from the Lighthouse and 11 miles from the meeting venue, the Ponce Inlet Community Center.

    Cut-off date:  January 5, 2021

    Hyatt Place Daytona Beach - Oceanfront

    Room Rate $144 (ocean view); $154 (oceanfront view); includes complimentary breakfast MUST CALL THE HOTEL AND REQUEST SPECIAL FLA RATE.

    3161 South Atlantic Ave.

    Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118

    (386) 944-2010

    The hotel is 6.75 miles from the Lighthouse and 4.93 miles from the meeting venue, the Ponce Inlet Community Center.

    Cut-off date:  January 15, 2021


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