Members & Volunteers

photo by April Kennedy Harry

Carrabelle Lighthouse Association

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 and volunteers 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. CLA, P.O. BOX 373, Carrabelle, FL 32322.

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


President Steven Allen
Executive Vice-President 
Lori Gilbertson

Treasurer Missy Cumbie
Grounds and Park Keeper 
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
Eva Gombas, Lori Gilbertson, Kathy Palmer


Benefits of Membership

In addition to the personal profound satisfaction and the opportunity to join the community of volunteers and supporters at the Crooked River Lighthouse.  Members at the Crooked River Lighthouse receive the following benefits.

Free daytime tower climbs ($6 value each) plus a 10% discount on merchandise at the gift shop and full moon event tower climbs (Online reservations ONLY w/ membership code) for the term of membership:

  • INDIVIDUAL KEEPER ($25): Member named on card.
  • FAMILY KEEPER ($50): Member, spouse and children under 18.
  • BEACON KEEPER ($250 Business Membership):  Member, spouse, and family. Employees of Beacon Keeper’s business are entitled to one free climb. 50% Discount on special brick purchases to advertise your business as a supporter of the lighthouse. Business Members are entitled to a link on the CRL website and recognition in newsletters.
  • GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHT ($500): Lifetime free admission to all Crooked River Lighthouse public events for member, spouse and children under 18 or accompanying guests.

All Members can opt-in to receive a monthly email announcing upcoming events.

New and renewing members will have the opportunity to complete a members-only volunteer survey indicating interest in sharing your knowledge, skills and abilities with the Crooked River Lighthouse community.

  • Interested in being a volunteer docent for the museum?
  • Would you like to lead or be a part of a committee working to expand marketing, programming or fundraising?
  • Do you have special skills or abilities (carpentry, plumbing, landscaping, gardening, etc.) to share?
  • Would you like to serve as a volunteer supporting tower climbs, parking, and more?

Please join us and support the continued preservation of the historic Crooked River Lighthouse Tower and improvements to the park.  Welcome aboard!

Help protect, preserve and restore our lighthouse's heritage.  All donations are tax deductible.
Join us or renew and pay by check  WITH THIS FORM.


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Volunteers Shine the Way! (Non-Member)

Cheers to our valuable volunteers! 

Volunteering Opportunities:

  • Full Moon Events, (Greeters, Firepit Attendants, assisting lighthouse climbs with Pagers)
  • Assist at Country Market (help Vendors set-up, directing visitors)
  • Park grounds beautification: pick up branches, pine cones, pull weeds, etc.  Not to mention great exercise!
  • Clean the lighthouse tower
  • Garden – help maintain, pull weeds, assist Country Market produce sales
  • Inside & outside of Keeper’s House: Clean, sweep or pressure wash porch; minor repairs inside & out
  • Assist in Gift Shop and Museum; office/inside chores
  • Carpentry skills appreciated anytime!
  • Lantern Fest in November

We need and value volunteers!  Visit our Calendar for upcoming events.  Contact us: or 850-697-2732.

Crooked River Lighthouse Museum Volunteers Can: 

Get a 10% discount on any items purchased in the gift shop. (Excluding consignment items)

One free daytime tower climb per week.

CLA Selected for U.S. Lighthouse Society Grant

CRLH Tower by David StahlerThe Carrabelle Lighthouse Association Inc. (CLA) was recently selected to receive a $1,000 grant from the United States Lighthouse Society on behalf of the Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum. We are one of 35 lighthouses in the nation and only 4 in Florida to receive a 2021 Emergency Relief Grant from the U.S. Lighthouse Society.

The grant specifically provides financial assistance for operational expenses for lighthouses due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum’s revenue and attendance were significantly impacted last year by the pandemic. Steve Allen, Board President for the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association said, “We are very grateful to the United States Lighthouse Society. These funds will help us continue to share this historic treasure with the community and the public.”

The United States Lighthouse Society is a nonprofit historical and educational organization dedicated to saving and sharing the rich maritime legacy of American lighthouses and supporting lighthouse preservation throughout the nation.

Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum is located in Carrabelle, just west of the Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1975 Hwy 98 W, Carrabelle. The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association is 501c3 non-profit devoted to the worthy cause of maintaining and sharing the Crooked River Lighthouse as a piece of maritime history. For more information, contact Crooked River Lighthouse at (850) 697-2732 or