As many of you may know, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is currently closed to the general public in an effort to mitigate the threat of accidental exposure to the Coronavirus and help stem the tide of the pandemic within the sunshine state and local community.
Although guests are currently not allowed to visit the museum to maintain social distancing, Association staff has been given the option of staying home or coming to work based on their own personal needs. Those who elect to come to work are required to follow strict COVID-19 safety measures that exceed the recommendations of local, state, and federal health organizations. Employees will be allowed to continue coming to work as long as it is safe to do so and the Association is financially able to pay them.
Current lighthouse employee activities during this difficult time include the restoration of the covered porches on all three keeper dwellings, repainting of the tower’s interior ironwork, grounds maintenance, and more. This important work will help the Association continue its mission to preserve and interpret the maritime and social history of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station.
The decision to allow lighthouse employees the opportunity to voluntarily come to work is motivated by the Association’s desire to protect its staff from the financial hardships they might encounter as a result of temporary layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, funding for employee payroll is generated predominately through gift shop and admission sales. With the lighthouse closed to the general public so too is the source of the employee payroll.
We ask for your support in this difficult time to help cover the cost of lighthouse and museum operations. Although you cannot visit the light station in person at this time, you can still support the lighthouse, museum, and its dedicated staff in many ways.
Support Us: Four Ways You Can Help
Donate to the Lighthouse General Fund:
Help fund the Association’s efforts to continue its mission to preserve and disseminate the maritime and social history of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and pay its hardworking employees by donating to the Lighthouse General Fund. No donation is too small and every dollar helps.
Shop the Museum's Lighthouse Locker Online Store:
The museum’s brick and mortar gift shop may currently be closed but its online store is open for business. The museum's online store offers a unique selection of lighthouse and nautical-themed merchandise for young and old alike including: apparel, home décor, jewelry, books, toys, and more! Help support our mission to preserve and disseminate the maritime and social history of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse by shopping online from the comfort of your own home.
Link: Lighthouse Locker
Purchase a Memorial Brick for Yourself, Family, Friends, and Loved Ones:
Help the Association fund its current operations by purchasing a memorial brick for family, friends, and loved ones. Each personally engraved brick will be installed in the light station’s memorial walkway in perpetuity. Additional full-sized and miniature bricks may also be purchased at the time of your memorial brick purchase.
Become a Member or Purchase a Gift Membership for Family and Friends:
Give your family and friends the gift of history and adventure with an Annual Membership to Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse! For as little as $10 you can treat that special someone to a full year of unlimited access to Florida’s Tallest Lighthouse and one of the most authentic historic light stations in the nation. Annual membership rates range from $10 for seniors and students to $40 for the entire family. Elevated memberships are also available for $100 to $500 depending on the level selected.
The Preservation Association greatly appreciates your continued support and advocacy. We wish you the best and look forward to seeing you again at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum in the near future after the threat of the COVID-19 has passed. Please stay safe, healthy, and good spirits during this troubling time. We will get through this together.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse