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Spring Meeting at Boca Grande

  • 05 May 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • 06 May 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Boca Grande & Gasparilla


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Friday & Saturday May 5 & 6, 2017

Crowninsheild Community House

240 Banyan St.

Boca Grande, FL 33921

Friday Night Social May 5, 2017

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse


Friday May 5, 2017

4:30 PM - Committee Meetings

6:00 PM - FLA Board Meeting

7:30 PM - Social at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse

Saturday May 6, 2017

9:00 AM - Membership Meeting
12;00 PM - Lunch
1;00 to 4:30 PM - Visit Lighthouses


The bling colors for our May meeting will be red, white and blue in honor of Armed Forces Day (20 May) and Memorial Day (29 May), so be sure to wear your beads if you have them, and anything else you may choose to wear in recognition of these holidays.  In addition, 6 May is the 143rd Race for the Roses – Derby Day!  So for anyone who wants to get creative, a Derby hat will certainly add to the fun. Come as casual or creative as desired, but we hope you’ll come!

Although our Friday social is the typical “bling day” (including hats), some attendees may want to celebrate Derby Day itself by wearing their hats as well.  That’s ok!  We’re serious about our mission, but know how to have fun.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!


The first three are in Port Charlotte and approximately 30 miles (45 minutes) from the meeting place.

La Quinta Inns & Suites La Quinta Inn Map

812 Kings Hwy

Port Charlotte, Fl 33980

941 979-4200

Rate: $81 for 2 Queens (Ask for FLA rate)

Cut-off Date; 5 April, 2017.


Holiday Inn Express Holiday Inn Express Map

24440 Sandhill Blvd.

Port Charlotte, FL 33983

941 764-0056

Rate: $89 (ask for FLA rate)

Cut-off; 13 April, 2017


Hampton Inn Hampton Inn Map

24480 Sandhill Blvd

Port Charlotte, Fl 33983

941 627-5600

Rate: $114 for Standard King or Queen (ask for FLA rate)

Cut-off; 13 April, 2017


The next two Hotels are located in Englewood and are approximately 16 miles (30 minutes) from the meeting place.


Sun Life Beach Sun Life Beach Map

1225 S McCall Rd.

Englewood, Fl 34223

813 447-1111

Rate: $150 for 2 nights, (2 dbl beds, 1 dbl or 1 king) (MUST call Anna at the Hotel, ask for FLA rate, for this rate. If no answer, leave message requesting FLA  rate and she WILL call back.) (Rate for additional  days may be different.)

Cut-off 5 April, 2017


Sun Coast Inn Sun Coast Inn Map

2073 South McCall Rd           

Englewood, Fl, 34224

941 475-6533

Rate; $69.95 for standard King & standard 2 Queen (MUST call hotel and ask for FLA rate.)

Cut-off; 24 April, 2017






OCTOBER 23-24, 2020

Registration Closes October 16, 2020

Meeting Information

Both the Board and Committee meetings and social will be held at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  Attendees are required to enter and exit the installation through the West Gate off Blue Angel Parkway (1878 S. Blue Angel Parkway).  The Naval Police will have a list of attendees.  Please bring valid ID.  Everyone will be required to submit their full name with middle initial, date of birth, and the last four digits of their Social Security number on the registration form.

The events will begin on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, 2081 Radford Boulevard, Pensacola, FL (Naval Air Station), with the committee meetings at 6:00 pm and the Board meeting at 7:00 pm.  Immediately following at 8:00 pm will be a social hour.  A Panera Bread boxed meal, consisting of a sandwich, chips, and a cookie, along with soda, beer, and wine, will be provided. 

On Saturday, the membership meeting will begin at 9:30 am at Sonny’s BBQ, 630 N Navy Boulevard, Pensacola, FL.  The restaurant will serve a buffet lunch at 12:00 pm and it will consist of BBQ chicken and pulled pork, tossed green salad, BBQ beans, potato salad, corn bread and butter, fruit cobbler, and beverage.  The Lighthouse, oil shed, and Keeper’s Quarters exhibits will be open for climbing, visiting, and exploring all afternoon on Saturday. 

The cost for this event will be $55 for members and $85 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 Pensacola Lighthouse Association, Inc.  The cost for Saturday-only attendees will be $40 for FLA members and $70 for non-members, which includes a 1-year membership in FLA.  The cost for children under 15 is $28.

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).  Please also supply your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, if desired, and read on-site signage for social distancing requirements.

Members have the option of attending the meeting virtually via the Florida Lighthouse Association’s Facebook webpage, or via YouTube.  The cost for this option will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members, which includes a magnet that will be mailed after the meeting.

Registration and payment must be received by October 16, 2020.  Registration is limited to the first fifty persons.  Please specify any dietary restrictions when you register.

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

Recommended Accommodations

Because of the recent storm, Hurricane Sally, only one hotel in the Pensacola area was able to commit to a block of rooms for our members.  However, attendees are encouraged to check with the many other hotels that will be available to accept their individual reservations.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Pensacola West-Navy Base
307 North New Warrington Road
Pensacola, Florida 32506
(850) 696-2800

The hotel is 6.2 miles from the Lighthouse and 1.5 miles from the meeting venue, Sonny's BBQ.

Cut-off date:  October 16, 2020 

Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Pensacola has served as a key base for the U. S. Navy for the better part of two centuries.  To guide warships in and out of Pensacola’s well-protected anchorage, the government established a light station in 1824, just three years after the U.S. acquired Florida from the Spanish.  A 45-foot tower built by Winslow Lewis for $5,725 served the station less than adequately, according to naval officers who often watched in vain for its weak beacon. 

The situation improved dramatically after 1858, when the existing 159-foot brick tower was constructed at a cost of nearly $46,000.  Equipped with a powerful first-order Fresnel lens, the new tower has a focal point of more than 190 feet above the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, making the light visible in fair weather at distances up to 25 miles.  Having survived countless gales as well as a determined Union cannonade during the Civil War, the historic tower remains active, still using its nineteenth-century lens.  Now automated, the old light still guides Navy ships and Coast Guard cutters in and out of the harbor.    

Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse, which is located on the Naval Air Station Pensacola, for one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast.  In addition to the Lighthouse, there are many interesting museum exhibits, located in the oil shed and in the 1869 Keeper’s Quarters, to explore.  Must-see stops on your visit should include:

  • ·       Coast Guard.  In 1939, the Bureau of Lighthouses was absorbed by the U.S. Coast Guard.  Since then, lighthouses in the U.S. have had a very close relationship with the Coast Guard.
  • ·       History of Illumination.  This exhibit covers the evolution of lighthouse illumination techniques, from simple bonfires to Fresnel lenses, as well as the science behind each individual method.  On display are numerous replica lenses that demonstrate the functionality of different illumination methods.
  • ·       Living History.  The rooms on the eastern side of the Keeper’s Quarters compose our Living History series of exhibits.  As you walk through these rooms, you’ll get a taste of what life was like for the residents of the Light Station throughout history.
  • ·       Women Who Lit the Way.  Come learn the often-untold stories of female light-keepers, who kept the country’s lights shining, and often saved lives doing so!  This exhibit tells the stories of the first women in the Coast Guard, the SPARs, who helped pave the way for women in the military today.
  • ·       Industries of Pensacola.  Discover some of what made Pensacola a booming industrial city in the early 20th century.

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