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Cedar Key Winter 2022 Membership Event

  • 04 Feb 2022
  • 05 Feb 2022
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FEBRUARY 4-5, 2022


Registration is Closed


The Florida Lighthouse Association (FLA) regrets to inform you that early Monday evening, January 24, the University of Florida informed FLA's Meetings & Events Committee that due to safety constraints, no one will be allowed to climb the Cedar Keys Lighthouse's circular stairway on Saturday, February 5.  However, you still will be provided a great opportunity for two hours to enter the Lighthouse to explore its interior, as well as to visit the Lighthouse keepers' cemetery, the beach, and the rest of this beautiful island.  

There will be two departure times from the dock on Cedar Key for the Tidewater Tours' boats.  The first will be at 1:45 p.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m.    

Also, on Saturday morning, there will be guided tours of the Discovery Center at the University of Florida/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) in Cedar Key.  The tour times are 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12 noon.  You can explore the public education room on the first floor of the facility in downtown Cedar Key (552 1st Street) and meet some of the local inhabitants, including sportfish (Red Drum and Spotted Seatrout) and the Station's very own Suwannee River Alligator Snapping Turtle.  Enjoy other interactive displays as well as an insight into the research happening at NCBS!

If you have any questions or need to cancel your Cedar Key meeting registration, please e-mail  info@floridalighthouses.org.  All requests for cancellations must be received by COB on Thursday, January 27.  This is because FLA must provide the final passenger count to Tidewater Tours and meeting attendee count to the caterer by Monday, January 31.

Registration is limited to the first 68 persons.

Virtual options available! Learn more below!

But first...A  little bit of history on Cedar Keys Lighthouse

A small island chain off the northwest coast of Florida known as the Cedar Keys were formed long ago from eroded soils washed into the Gulf of Mexico by the Suwannee and Waccasassa Rivers. The name for the islands stems from the stands of cedar trees formerly found on them. During the mid-eighteenth century, pencil manufacturers discovered an ideal use for the namesake cedars that grew in clutches all over the keys. Students and teachers throughout the country were soon equipped with writing instruments made with dense Cedar Keys hardwood.  The demand for cedar, other fine woods, and oysters increased and attracted a steady stream of lumber and fishing ships. To guide them and to warn mariners against the navigational threat posed by the islands, the government established a light station in 1854.

The light station was built on Seahorse Key (its contour resembles a seahorse), a small and remote island three miles southwest of the town of Cedar Key.  It was designed and built by U. S. Army engineer George Meade, later a Civil War General, and consisted of a one-story brick dwelling with a squat tower perched on its roof. Although only 28 feet high, it stood on a hill, placing the focal plane of its beacon some seventy-five feet above the water. Before and after the Civil War, its fourth-order Fresnel lens produced a fixed white light, punctuated by a flash every minute, and was visible from fifteen miles away. 

During the last years of the nineteenth century, the economy of the Cedar Key area fell on hard times. Most of the valuable timber had been cut and local oyster beds became depleted. As fewer and fewer ships plied the Gulf waters around the Cedar Keys port, the lighthouse was permanently darkened in 1915. Today, Seahorse Key is part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge to protect Florida’s endangered nesting birds. The University of Florida maintains a marine laboratory in the lighthouse for the many students and scientists whose projects add to our knowledge of Florida’s natural environment.

Cedar Key (Florida’s second oldest town) is a charming little town with less than 1,000 residents and many old buildings that contain art galleries and shops along its three-block-long main street. Its waterfront Dock Street is full of restaurants serving fresh seafood and there is a free fishing pier to explore. For history buffs, be sure to check out the Cedar Key Historical Museum, which contains exhibits and photographs depicting the history of Cedar Key from prehistoric times through the 20th Century. The Cedar Key Museum State Park has exhibits about the town’s port and railway history. 


The events will begin on Friday, February 4, at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth Street, Cedar Key, Florida, with committee meetings at 4:00 p.m., EST, Board meeting at 5:00 p.m., EST, and the general membership meeting at 6:00 pm.  At 7:00 p.m. we will enjoy a buffet dinner catered and served by the Island Room Restaurant, a local favorite. 

The dinner will consist of house garden salad with dressing, fresh baked rolls and butter, seafood scampi over shells, chicken marsala, panko crusted fresh fish, roasted new potatoes, steamed vegetables, and lemon cheesecake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.  FLA will provide wine, beer, and water. 

On Saturday morning, February 5, and, as time allows in the afternoon, you are free to explore the town of Cedar Key.  Also in the afternoon, the University of Florida is offering attendees a guided tour of its Nature Coast Biological Station (552 First Street, Cedar Key, FL). 

At 1:30 p.m. and at 2:45 p.m., attendees can take the optional 30-minute boat trip by Tidewater Tours (302 Dock Street, Cedar Key, FL/352-543-9523) to Seahorse Key to climb the 35 steps in the Cedar Key Lighthouse, walk the trail from the back of the Lighthouse down to the shore, see the small cemetery containing the graves of lighthouse keepers and fishermen, and explore the 165-acre key, which is one of the largest colonial bird nesting sites in north Florida.  Attendees will be allowed two and one-half hours on Seahorse Key before returning to Cedar Key. 

Note:  Attendees should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb the trail to the top of the 52-foot sand dune where the Lighthouse is located. 

FLA’s Josh Liller will sign his books that you bring to the social and meeting.  Josh is the editor of The Florida Lighthouse Trail, second edition, a newly-published compilation of Florida lighthouse histories. Also, Josh is the co-author of the revised edition of 5000 Years on the Loxahatchee, a pictorial history of Jupiter and Tequesta, Florida, originally published 15 years ago

Members have the option of attending this event in person or virtually via Zoom. 


Registration and payment must be received by January 20.  Registration is limited to the first 68 persons.  Please specify any dietary restrictions when you register.

Friday/Saturday (weekend) Fee: Includes the Friday night membership meeting and buffet dinner; and on Saturday the boat ride and lighthouse climb; and a donation to the Cedar Keys Lighthouse.

Friday ONLY: This fee includes the Friday night membership meeting, buffet dinner,  and a donation to the Cedar Keys Lighthouse

Current FLA Member

  1.  Member Friday/Saturday $117
  2.  Member Friday only $77

New FLA Member

  1. New Member Friday/Saturday (includes 1 year FLA individual membership) $147
  2. New Member Friday only (includes one year FLA individual membership) fee $107

Child Under 15

  1.  Child Under 15 fee Friday/Saturday $59
  2.  Child Under 15 Friday only $39


Members and non-members have the option of attending the meeting virtually via Zoom.  A link will be provided to registrants before the meeting. The cost for this option will be $12 for everyone.

COVID-19 Precautions

The University of Florida, Tidewater Tours, and the town of Cedar Key encourage attendees to wear masks. Please bring your own mask, while on the Lighthouse grounds. The University is allowing only one attendee at a time to climb the narrow spiral staircase to the top of the Lighthouse.  Attendees are asked to practice social distancing whenever possible by maintaining a minimum six-foot separation from others.  When social distancing is not possible, please restrict group sizes to ten (10) people or less.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks during the meeting (except while drinking and eating) at the Cedar Key Community Center.  Attendees are encouraged to supply their own hand-sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, if desired.


Friday, Valentine’s Day

Saturday:  ALL lighthouse attire—Show your LOVE for lighthouses


The hotel and motels below are owned by sole proprietors rather than chains.  Therefore, their front desks are not staffed 24 hours a day.  

The times the front desks are open for making a reservation are noted below. Please keep calling if no one answers the telephone during the specified hours.  

If you will be checking into the hotel after the front desk closes, please notify the front desk so that they can provide you with the after-hours registration process.

Cedar Cove Hotel (Condos)


  • $139: Studio (6 studios with a king bed, 8 studios with a queen bed, and 2 studios with 2 queen beds)
  • $149: Loft (5 lofts with a king bed and 1 loft with a  queen bed)

Studios and lofts are on the second and third floors.  Elevators and luggage carts are available.

Front desk

Hours are 10:00 a.m. EST to 5:00 p.m. EST.

(352) 543-5332 

Location: (Link to map location)

192 Second Street

Cedar Key, Florida 32625  

Cedar Cove Hotel is 0.6 miles from the meeting venue.

**Cut-off date:  Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Beach Front Motel


  • $109: King and queen beds are available.  An elevator and luggage carts are NOT provided.

Front desk:

Hours are 9:00 a.m. EST to 7:00 p.m. EST.  

(352) 543-9960

Location: (Link to map location)

873 First Street

Cedar Key, Florida 32625

Beach Front Motel is 0.34 miles from the meeting venue.

**Cut-off date:  Friday, January 21, 2022

Park Place Motel (Condos)


king or queen bed on first and second floor: 

  • $109
  • $104 with AARP card
  • $99 with military ID, FL driver’s license with a veteran designation (V), or AAA card.
An elevator and luggage carts are NOT provided.

Front desk:

Hours are 10:00 a.m. EST to 5:00 p.m. EST.

(352) 543-5737

Location: (Link to map location)

211 Second Street

Cedar Key, Florida 32625

Park Place Motel is 0.56 miles from the meeting venue, Cedar Key Community Center.

**Cut-Off date:  Friday, January 28, 2022

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