CLA – Join Us

Carrabelle Lighthouse Association

photo by April Kennedy Harry

In 1999 the U.S. Coast Guard had plans to surplus the Crooked River Lighthouse and auction it off to the highest bidder. It was at this time that the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Inc. (CLA) was formed by a dedicated group of local citizens with the goal of preserving, restoring, and opening the lighthouse to the public. In August 2001 the CLA, in conjunction with the City of Carrabelle, was successful in having the Lighthouse deeded to the City through the Federal Lands to Parks program. Since that time the CLA and City officials have worked to obtain funding for the restoration of this historic treasure of Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.”

Today, the CLA’s members are devoted to the worthy cause of restoring this small piece of maritime history. Through its efforts, the CLA has received funds from the Florida Lighthouse Association, the Florida Communities Trust, and the Florida Legislature. These funds have made possible the restoration of the lighthouse and improvements to the land surrounding the lighthouse. If you would like to help continue the work of maintaining the Crooked River Lighthouse, please join the CLA or make a tax deductible donation today.

*The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.




Join today to help protect, preserve and restore our lighthouse’s heritage. 

KEEPER’S (INDIVIDUAL) $15  ($12 for annual renewals) 

KEEPER’S FAMILY $25 ($22 for annual renewals) family members living in the same household 

BUSINESS $100  Business membership will receive one membership card. Proof of employment with your business will be entitled to free climbing for the year

GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT $250 Lifetime Membership

You will receive a membership card that entitles you:

  • Free climbs on the tallest beacon on the Forgotten Coast
  • The smile on your face when you realize you just supported the continued preservation of the historical Crooked River Lighthouse!
  • 10% discount on any item in our Gift Shop (except consignment)
  • Discounts at local participating restaurants & shops 
      • Carrabelle Junction 
      • Fathom’s
      • 2 Bro’s on the River
      • The Turtle’s Nest
  • No daily Vendor Fee through 2020 with our Country Market

Join the Association WITH THIS FORM


President Steven Allen
Executive Vice-President
Lori Gilbertson
Laurel Newman
Treasurer Missy Cumbie
Grounds and Park Keeper Chip Klaus
Safety/Lens Op Keeper Tim Keith-Lucas
Historians John Canetta and Rodney Reeves
Past President Delores Hardin
Charter Member Barbara Revell
Media and PR Sheri Wesson
Curator Joan Matey
Gift Shop Attendants
Laurel Newman, Eva Gombas, Nicole Zitani, Lori Gilbertson

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