Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation Inc

  • Orlando, FL
  • www.reeflights.org

Mission Statement

The FKRLF is a means of education and research on the history and future of this unique collection of reef lighthouses and related navigational aides. It will provide facilities to showcase, through interpretive exhibits and video, the historic value of these unique architectural structures in the development of Florida's commerce, in the general development of the Florida Keys, and in the national development of aids to navigation.

Main Programs

  1. Save and Restore all 6 reef lighthouses
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Florida Keys - Key Biscayne, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Layton, Key West. All lighthouses are on the Florida Reef, the 3rd largest living reef in the World.

ruling year

2009

President since 2012

Self-reported

Eric S Martin

Vice-President since 2014

Self-reported

Jack Burrie

Keywords

Self-reported

lighthouse, reef lights, preservation, museum, iron-pile, coast guard, navigational aids

Notes from the Nonprofit

We do NOT currently have an annual report, but the membership is kept informed of all actions and progress by email and regular mail. The President Eric S. Martin is available by email ericlighthouse@yahoo.com or cell phone 407-341-7374 or regular mail:
F K R L F
c/o Eric S. Martin
1067 Drift Creek Cove
Orlando, FL 32828
for questions and suggestions and complements.

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EIN

65-1150735

 Number

3096260336

Physical Address

1067 Drift Creek Cove

Orlando, 32828

Also Known As

Reef Lights, FKRLF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

To Save and Preserve the 6 Reef Lighthouses (Fowey Rocks, Carysfort Reef, Alligator Reef, Sombrero Key, American Shoal, and Sand Key). So far we have raised $75,000 to stabilize Fowey Rocks (now owned by Biscayne National Park).

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Save and Restore all 6 reef lighthouses

To save and preserve all 6 reef lighthouses.  We estimate about 3 million a piece.  These lighthouses are built on the Florida Reef anywhere from 4 to 7 miles offshore. 
     The lighthouses are still active, thus still helping boats and ships get safely past the shallow reefs.

Category

Social Science

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$18,000,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Save and restore all six Reef Lighthouses and to re-light all but Fowey Rocks (as it is still lit). Open the lighthouses for tours to educate the public about the important history. To man the lighthouses again, which will keep vandals off and a person will be there to help a boater in need. Would be interested in having NOAA put weather equipment back on the lighthouses.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The board has already voted to apply for ownership of Carysfort Reef, Alligator Reef, Sombrero Key, American Shoal and Sand Key.
    We continue to raise money for Fowey Rocks to finish the stabilization and to start projects like removing lead paint, so the lighthouse can have a keeper again.
    The President is certified to work with lead paint now and can train others.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our board has had experience in re-building Cape St. George Lighthouse. Repairing tower and lens machinery at Hillsboro Lighthouse. And we helped raise funds for stabilization of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    At Fowey Rocks we can see the Bulk Anode is working well as the zinc is already disappearing. The broken tension rod has been replaced.
    Getting ownership of the five lighthouses.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have stopped the corrosion on Fowey Rocks.
    We have saved some of the history with pictures from Keepers in the mid 1950's and two recorded interviews from two of the keepers.
    With our annual fund raising boat trips we have gotten hundreds of people closer to the lighthouses to see the damage upclose and to realize the work needed to bring these back to good condition. They also see the reef which is in part protected by the lighthouses.
    We do NOT own the other five lighthouses. Waiting on the government to release them.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Florida Keys - Key Biscayne, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Layton, Key West. All lighthouses are on the Florida Reef, the 3rd largest living reef in the World.

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Funding Needs

Most of the money raised is to save and restore the 6 lighthouse, however, at some point we plan to have a museum with a gift shop.  Gift shops are a steady income for other lighthouse groups.

Affiliations + Memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation Inc

Leadership

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President

Eric S Martin

Vice-President

Jack Burrie

BIO

Helped save 2 Fresnel Lens.
Helped re-build Cape St. George Lighthouse.
Volunteer for the Florida Lighthouse Association since 2002.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"See Below."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Eric S Martin

No affiliation

Term: Apr 2012 - Apr 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We take anybody who has a serious interest to save and restore the Reef Lighthouses. As President I do NOT allow discrimination and it has NOT been an issue.