BY LIZA STROUT - While the doors have been closed to the public for the month of August, the Historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum has been a hotbed of activity.
The longleaf pine wood floors have been refinished and polished to a shine; the casings, moldings and doors have all been repainted and the U.S. Coast Guard has replaced the light bulbs in the Fresnel lamp that flashes every night.
“We’ve done a lot of work in the last month,” said Diana Donlon. “The museum looks wonderful!”
On Sunday, Sept. 1, the public can see the results of all of this hard work when the museum reopens at noon.
The museum will be operating on its summer schedule of Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. It will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all major holidays.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Visit Florida will be filming a segment at the lighthouse.
“They will be talking on camera to people who are at the lighthouse, so if you want a shot at being part of the action, be here Wednesday at 10 a.m.,” said Donlon.
The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum is run and managed by the Barrier Island Parks Society, a 501(c)3 created to support our four local state parks: Gasparilla Island, Cayo Costa, Don Pedro and Stump Pass.
The organization has a variety of activities throughout the year, including family education programs and wading adventures.
For more information, BIPS can be reached at 964-0060 or you can visit barrierislandparkssociety.org.
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