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Cape Florida Lighthouse
Cape Florida Lighthouse,
Key Biscayne, FL
*Dates of operation~~ 1847-1861, 1867-1878, 1978-1992, 1996-present
*Building Material~~ Brick
*Tower~~ 95 feet
*Elevation~~ 10 feet above sea level
*Markings~~ White w/ black lantern
*Light Pattern~~ flashing white every 5 seconds
*Existing Buildings~~ Keeper's quarters, summer kitchen, cistern, outhouse, (all replicas)
*Automated~~ 1978
*Original Lens~~ 17 Argand lamps w/ 21 inch reflectors
*Current Lens~~ 300mm
*Open to Public?~~ Yes
*Current Owner~~ Florida Dept. of Natural Resources
*Waterway Location~~ Straits of Florida, Atlantic Ocean
*Significant Feature~~ Cape Florida Lighthouse has perhaps the strangest history of any
U. S. lighthouse. Seminole Wars, additions, the Civil War,
Fowey Rocks Light and
Hurricane Andrew caused Cape Florida's light to be extinguished for various amounts of
time, (see Lighthouse Friends lighthouse history and Roger Bansemer's account of the
Seminole attack on the lighthouse).       

          LINKS
Official Lighthouse Site- Bill Baggs State Park
https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Cape-Florida

Drone footage of lighthouse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxiEmQH2938

Lighthouse Friends lighthouse history and info
http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=360   

Roger Bansemer's Cape Florida page
http://www.bansemer.com/florida_lighthouses/cape_florida_lighthouse.htm
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