Florida Lighthouse Association, Inc.

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




FEBRUARY 7-8, 2020

Cut-off Date: January 23, 2020

The St. Augustine Light Station was the first established in Florida, and its original tower was the first one lighted in the state, on April 5, 1824.  The original lighthouse was built of coquina stone on the foundation of a Spanish watchtower, which itself had been rebuilt in 1737 on the ruins of possibly an older tower.  The first lighthouse survived until after the Civil War, when erosion became a serious threat.  In 1871, a new 167-foot tower was authorized six hundred yards southwest of the old tower on a site not as likely to be washed away.  The new lighthouse was completed and lighted on October 15, 1874, and in 1876, a new, two-story keeper’s dwelling was completed.  In August 1880, the old tower collapsed and its remains are under the waters of Salt Run, northeast of the present lighthouse.

The present lighthouse is a 165-foot brick tower equipped with a first-order Fresnel lens.  It consists of 370 hand–cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive shape towering twelve feet tall and six feet in diameter.  The lens still helps guide vessels with its fixed white beacon, visible up to 19 miles at sea.  The lighthouse tower has another current use—its distinctive black and white stripes spiraling up into the sky make an impressive landmark.  In 2002 the Coast Guard transferred the deed for the tower to the St Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Inc.

The beautifully restored brick keeper’s residence houses an excellent museum that celebrates the history of the lighthouse and coastal Florida.  Attendees are encouraged to climb the 219 steps to the Lighthouse’s service gallery to get a gull’s eye view of the Atlantic and the old Spanish town of St. Augustine; view exhibits housed in four historic structures and the Maritime Education Center; view shipwreck artifacts being conserved in the lab, and take a walk on nature trails.

Meeting Information

Our meeting place for the weekend is the Holiday Inn St. Augustine - Historic, located at 1302 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida 32084.

The events will begin on Friday, February 7, 2020, with committee meetings at 3:00 PM, the Board meeting at 4:00 PM, and a social hour at 6:00 PM at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Legends of the Light Exhibit Building.  Hors d’oeuvres, soda, beer and wine will be provided.  Due to room size, the committee and board meetings will be limited to committee and Board members only.

The Lighthouse invites all FLA members to enjoy a night climb between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

On Saturday, our membership meeting will start at 9:00 AM at the Holiday Inn St. Augustine – Historic, with a buffet lunch at 12:00 PM. After lunch, attendees are invited to drive the 3.2 miles to the Lighthouse to climb the tower and explore and enjoy the other buildings and exhibits on the grounds.

A buffet lunch will be served by the Holiday Inn - Historic and will consist of Asian beef and broccoli salad (starter), grilled flank steak and grilled salmon with lemon sauce, chef’s selection of vegetable & starch, rolls with creamery butter, assorted cheesecakes and pecan pie, and iced tea and coffee.

The cost for the event will be $65 for FLA members and $95 for non-members (non-member fee includes a 1-year membership in FLA).  The price includes the Friday night social and lighthouse night climb, Saturday membership meeting, lunch, lighthouse climb, and a donation to the St. Augustine Lighthouse.  The cost for Saturday-only attendees will be $55 for FLA members and $85 for non-members, which includes a 1-year membership in FLA.  The cost for children under 15 is $32.50.

Registration and payment must be received by January 23, 2020.  Please specify any dietary restrictions when you register.


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Holiday Inn St. Augustine – Historic
1302 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 494-2100 or (877) 847-3736
Rate: $129 for a single/double room (cite code FLH for special FLA rate)
Includes 2 complimentary breakfast vouchers.
3.2 miles to the St. Augustine Lighthouse
Cut-off Date – January 9, 2020

Best Western St. Augustine Beach Inn
541 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 461-9990
Rate: $109 for a single/double room (ask for FLA Rate)
Includes free breakfast.
3.2 miles to the St. Augustine Lighthouse
5.9 miles to Holiday Inn St. Augustine—Historic (February 8 meeting location)
Cut-off Date – January 9, 2020

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2300 State Road 16
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-5151
Rate: $125 for a room with king or queen bed (ask for FLA Rate)
Includes free breakfast.
9.3 miles to the St. Augustine Lighthouse
6 miles to Holiday Inn St. Augustine—Historic (February 8 meeting location)
Cut-off Date – January 24, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham, St. Augustine Historic Area
215 Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Rate:  $149 for a room with two queen beds (ask for FLA rate)
Includes free breakfast.
1.4 miles to the St. Augustine Lighthouse
2 miles to Holiday Inn St. Augustine—Historic (February 8 meeting location)
Cut-off Date – January 7, 2020     


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