Bringing the Past to Light

Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, we can be extremely proud of another huge advance made toward the completion of the lighthouse restoration. On July 13, 2018, the light atop the St. Marks Lighthouse was shining once again after a long absence.

 

Installation video courtesy of Artworks Florida, Craig Kittendorf and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

To make that happen, the Friends contracted to have a replica of the historic Fourth Order Fresnel Lens constructed by Artworks Florida. It was installed in the restored lantern room on July 12. For the first time since 2000, the St. Marks Lighthouse briefly flashed its beam out to sea once again. For now it's turned off until the Fish & Wildlife Service finishes its compatibility determination and gets approvals from all agencies.

An official lens re-lighting ceremony is planned for October 31.