Everybody but the Coast Guard 

Hillsboro Lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse in Florida is manned by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that is not being paid during the government shut down. They save lives and help those at peril on the high seas. Now their lives are in peril. 



Hillsboro Lighthouse Celebrates National Lighthouse Day

Enjoy a boat ride, explore the grounds and climb the Hillsboro Lighthouse in Pompano Beach, Florida. Join the Hillsboro Lighthouse Society’s National Lighthouse Day celebration on Saturday, August 11. 
The Hillsboro Lighthouse first illuminated on March 7, 1907, completed the chain of lights which extended from Jupiter Inlet to the Torguas. The lighthouse, also called “Big Diamond” is unique. With of a beam of 28 nautical miles, it is has the strongest light beam of all US lighthouses. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. 
The shuttle to the lighthouse sails in the morning at 8:15, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15. Pay $35 for day or purchase yearlong membership for the same price. For more information, visit Hillsboro Lighthouse

Beacons of the High Seas

According to the Navy League, no industry has been more vital to the economy of the United States than that of America’s maritime industry. Lighthouses was once the cornerstone of maritime industry. 

For the month of August, I will be celebrating National Lighthouse Day with discounts on my lighthouse art at the boutique store Made in Jax at the Jacksonville International Airport. 

Save big on my Gliclee prints at the airport. Gliclee (zhee-KLAY) is a museum quality investment that uses acid free watercolor paper, and pigment based archival inks. This insures that Gliclees never fade, degrade or yellow. Unlike a print that may fade, a 6 color ink jet process ensures a Gliclee retains its original luster. 

Preservation 50 Friday: The Barefoot Mailman

Barefoot mailman statue

Statue of the Barefoot Mailman, James E. Hamilton.

Visit the Hillsboro Lighthouse on ” Barefoot Mailman Remembrance Day” on October 8. Enjoy a scenic boat ride and learn about James E. Hamilton who gave his life delivering mail.

A statue on the lighthouse grounds honors Hamilton who moved from Kentucky to Florida. He traded being a farmer for a career as a Barefoot Mailman. As often is the case, the grass was not greener in his new career. He went missing during one of his 68 mile routes.

For more information, visit http://www.hillsborolighthouse.org/tours

Preservation 50 Friday: A Beacon Of Light at Big Diamond

Hillsboro lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse Inlet at Pompano Beach.

Preserving lighthouses is an ongoing pursuit. Because of erosion and the hazards of being near the ocean, the demands, upkeep, and costs of preserving lighthouses can be quite large. While the United States Coast Guard (USCG) oversees many lighthouses, it is often the Lighthouse association that rally the public to help with the preservation of lighthouses.

Since its inception in 1997, the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) has worked closely with the USCG and Coast Guard Auxiliary with the aim of preserving the Hillsboro Lighthouse in Pompano Beach. The HLPS has successfully repaired and restored the Lighthouse’s original Fresnel Len. HLPS also was responsible for the reactivation of the lighthouse. Today, the HLPS is working to combat beach erosion that threatens Hillsboro lighthouse or “Big Diamond” as the locals refer to it.

For more information on how to help preserve the Hillsboro Lighthouse or join HLPS, visit http://hillsborolighthouse.org.


Beach Erosion Threatens Hillsboro Lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse copyrighted Elaine Make Austin.

Hillsboro Lighthouse has the strongest beam of all the lighthouses in the United States. It has stood as guardian over Hillsboro Inlet for 109 years.

Now this unique lighthouse is imperiled. The landmass around the lighthouse has eroded away. The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society is seeking restoration of landmass and construction of a permanent barrier to prevent further land loss. The society is hoping to get a grant from the Coastal Partnership Initiative of the Florida Coastal Management Program. If you would like to help, visit http://www.hillsborolighthouse.org.


Hillsboro Lighthouse 109th Anniversary

Hillsboro Lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse copyrighted Elaine Make Austin.

Celebrate Hillsboro Lighthouse Anniversary on Sunday, March 6. Catch a shuttle boat to explore the grounds and climb the lighthouse.

The Hillsboro Lighthouse first illuminated on March 7, 1907, completed the chain of lights which extended from Jupiter Inlet to the Tortugas.

The shuttle boat departs every hour from 9 am to 3 pm. The cost is $25 for transportation or membership. For more information, visit hillsborolighthouse.org.