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Florida Lighthouse Association, Inc.

Preserving, Restoring, Protecting & Defending Florida's Lighthouse Towers


ON JANUARY 25, 2014


Amelia Island Lighthouse is the oldest existing Lighthouse in Florida and the only one from the Territorial Period that has survived without major rebuilding. The Lighthouse was built in 1838 using materials from the former lighthouse on Cumberland Island in Georgia, just across the inlet. The brick tower was originally placed on a hill and was 50 feet tall. In 1881 a lantern was installed on the tower and increased the height to 64 feet with a focal plane of 107 feet. The light source for the original lighthouse was fourteen lamps, backed by reflectors, which were revolved to produce a flashing characteristic. In 1902 a new third-order lens was installed and in 1917 a red sector was added to alert mariners of dangerous shoals south of the tower in Nassau Sound.

Other facts about the Amelia Island Lighthouse; there are sixty-nine granite steps leading up to the light.  It is one of only two remaining Lighthouses in Florida designed by Winslow Lewis. It is the westernmost lighthouse on the east coast of the United States.

Our meeting place for the weekend is the Atlantic Auditorium located at 2500 Atlantic Blvd. Fernandina Beach map. The event will start on Friday night with the FLA Board Meeting at 6:00 PM followed by the social hour. On Saturday our membership meeting will start at 9:00 AM with lunch at about 12:00 PM. From 1:00 PM to 4: 00 PM or until everyone has seen and climbed the lighthouse(,if they want to,) a 35 passenger bus will make round trips to the lighthouse, which is only about 5 minutes from the Auditorium. SINCE THE CITY IS REQUIRING FLA TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE TO CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE EVERYONE MUST BE A MEMBER OF FLA AND SIGN A WAIVER.

Lunch will be Woody’s BBQ and will consist of Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Sliced Turkey, BBQ Beans, Cole Slaw, Mac & Cheese, Tea, Water and Banana Pudding. We are still working on the Guest Speakers and will let everyone know when they have been determined.

The cost for the event will be $55 for FLA members, $80 for non-member individuals and $90 for non-member family ($55 for spouse) and includes the Social event, the membership meeting, lunch, and transportation to / from the Lighthouse and for non-members a 1 year membership in FLA.

Other things to do in Fernandina Beach include visiting the Historic Downtown area, visiting nearby Fort Clinch State Park Fort Clinch  where you can get a Great picture of the Lighthouse.

The first three hotels listed are close to the beach and about 2 miles south of the Atlantic Auditorium. The Comfort Inn is less than a ½ mile from the Auditorium and the last hotel is about 2 miles from the Auditorium in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.



2549 Sadler Rd.

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

904 321-1111

Rate; $89.00 for a Double Bed Room or a King Bed Room (Ask for FLA rate)

Cut-off Date – 23 December, 2013.


2) Amelia Hotel Amelia Hotel map


1997 South Fletcher Ave.

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

904 206-5600

Rate; $89.00 for a Double Bed Room or a King Bed Room (Ask for FLA Rate)

Cut-off – 23 December 2013.

2301 Sadler Rd.

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

904 277-2440

Rate; $99.00 for a Studio King Suites (Ask for FLA Rate)

Cut-off – 24 December, 2013

2801 Atlantic Ave.

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

904 261-0193

Rate; $72.00 King Suite, $76.50 Two Queen Bed Suite, $81.00 King Ocean view Suite (Ask for FLA Rate)

Cut-off - 24 December, 2013

19 South 2nd St.

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

904 491-4910

Rate; $119 for Double Bed Room

             Cut-off 24 December, 2013
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