Florida Lighthouse Association

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




SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2018

Cut-off Date September 19, 2018

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Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse was built in Hillsboro Beach, on the north side of Hillsboro Inlet, midway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida and marks the northern limit of the Florida Reef. Congress authorized the construction in 1901 with completion and first lighting on March 7, 1907, making it the second youngest lighthouse in Florida.  This octagonal iron pyramidal tower with central cylinder is 142 feet high and has a second-order bivalve Fresnel lens which has a range of 28 nautical miles.  The Fresnel lens rotated on a pool of about 400 pounds of mercury, in a cast-iron trough until the electric drive mechanism abruptly failed in 1992 and was finally replaced with a ball-bearing system and re-lit on August 18, 2000.

The events begin on Friday September 28, 2018 with committee meetings, the Board meeting, and a social hour at the John Knox Village Map (651 Southwest 6th Street) Centre Auditorium in Pompano Beach.   The committee meetings will commence at 4 PM, followed by the Board meeting at 5:30 PM, and the social hour at about 6:30 PM (hors d’oeuvres, wine and soda will be provided).  

              On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the membership meeting will be at the John Knox Village Centre Auditorium at 9 AM.  Art Makenian will be one of our quest speakers and he will talk about recent projects at the Lighthouse. Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM.  After lunch, we will drive to the marina and board the boat operated by South Florida Diving Headquarters (located just inside the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina, Map 125 North Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL.) where a boat will take us to the lighthouse.  (Public Parking is available at the Pompano Beach City owned lot across the street and nearby garage.)  The boat will start running at 1 PM and will make the last trip from the Lighthouse at 4:30 PM. We will then tour at least one keeper’s cottage, visit the barefoot mailman, and climb the lighthouse. When you have completed your visit at the lighthouse, you are encouraged to visit the Hillsboro Lighthouse Museum and Visitor’s Center Map (Hillsboro Inlet Park: A1A at 2700 North Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach).


                The cost for this event will be $ 65 per member and $ 95 for non-members, which includes a 1 year FLA membership. The price includes the Friday night social, Saturday membership meeting, lunch, boat transportation to the lighthouse, climbing the lighthouse, and a donation to the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society.  


Buffet lunch will include Caesar salad with homemade croutons and asiago cheese, chicken francaise, maple ginger glazed salmon, garden rice pilaf, green beans amandine, fresh baked artisan rolls and butter, chocolate decadence cake, chocolate key filled with chocolate mousse topped with chocolate ganache, and key lime pie.  Beverages include iced tea, water, and coffee.

Registration and payment must be received by September 19, 2018.  Please specify any dietary restrictions when you register.



Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach Residence Inn Map

2880 Center Port Circle

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

954 784-9003

5.2 Miles to John Knox Village, 6.7 Miles to the boat landing.

Rate: $109 per night for studio suite king, includes HOT Breakfast (Ask for FLA rate)

Cut-off date: 14 September, 2018


Holiday Inn Express and Suites Holiday Inn Express Map

1500 West Commercial Boulevard      

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

954 772-3032

4.2 Miles to John Knox Village, 6.9 miles to boat landing.

Rate: $102 per night for room with king bed or $112 per night for room with 2 queen beds, includes HOT Breakfast (Ask for FLA rate)

Cut-off Date: 7 September, 2018        


Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Sands Harbor Map

125 North Riverside Drive

 Pompano Beach, FL 33062

954 942-9100

3.1 miles to John Knox Village. This is the boat landing.

Rate: $99 per night for room with either a king bed or 2 double beds, includes complimentary snack breakfast (Ask for FLA rate)

Cut-off: 28 August, 2018, if rooms are available

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