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In the fall of 2000, we came down on the ICW from the Chesapeake, and we spent the night of December 17th at a marina in Lighthouse Point. In the morning we accidentally went through the drawbridge and into Hillsboro Inlet. This was a horrifying mistake. The inlet has a well deserved reputation for chewing up boats and spitting them out on the rocks.
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Disaster day - we only have 5 more bridges to do --- except that I mistake the first bridge and we go out the Hillsborough Inlet bridge instead of the 14ths St. bridge. Luckily the bridge tender put the bridge back up and let us back through. So we didn't get through the correct bridge, which was about 2 miles from us until 10:45, an hour after we started.
We were so glad when the drawbridge operator let us back into the ICW (photo 5)
In 2007, we visited by road and looked at the lighthouse from Hillsboro Inlet Park because land access is controlled by the private Hillsboro Club, so we couldn't go right up to the lighthouse.
1906—lighthouse completed in Detroit. Shipped via Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Illinois and Mississippi River, Gulf Mexico, & Key West. 4,000 Nautical-Mile trip.
1906—J.H. Gardner Construction Co. of New Orleans gets awarded the contract for clearing the land/laying foundation/re-assembling and erection, cost $16,792.
1907—March 07. Lighthouse is placed into service. This is one of only three surviving towers of this design. The original 1-1/2 story wood keeper's house and other light station buildings survive, but an assistant keeper's house was demolished in 2005 despite loud protests from preservationists.
Phone: 954-942-2102 Preservation Soc.
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