Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area Act
On May 9, 2008, President Bush signed “H.R. 1922 (S. 1143): Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area Act of 2008” into law. The Act designates 126-acres Outstanding Natural Area which requires the Bureau of Land Management to develop a plan to manage the area as a unit of the National Landscape Conservation System.
The Lighthouse Designation Act, sponsored by Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Palm Beach Gardens, and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla, provides federal protection of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the surrounding federal land for cultural, educational, historic importance, natural, scenic, and recreational use.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Jupiter Inlet became the second Outstanding Natural Area in the nation to protect a Lighthouse and the surrounding natural area. Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Head was the first Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (1993).
Jupiter Inlet is a natural inlet formed by the Loxahatchee River flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. In 1852, the Lighthouse Board recommended a Lighthouse at Jupiter Inlet due to the dangerous offshore shoal which wrecked many ships.
After seven years of construction, the 108-feet high brick Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was First Lit on July 10, 1860 exhibiting a Fixed White Light which was varied by brighter White Flash every 90-seconds illuminated by a First-order Fresnel lens 146-feet above sea level to range of 25 nautical miles.
Blockade runners transported supplies through the Jupiter Inlet to the Confederacy when the Civil War began. In 1861, Confederate sympathizers disabled the Light and the Lighthouse remained dark throughout the remainder of the war. Captain James A. Armour recovered the machinery and missing parts near Lake Worth creek and moved them to Key West. On June 28, 1866, the Lighthouse was returned to operation and Captain Armour was appointed an assistant keeper under William Davis.
Since 1994, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse has been open to public tours and the oil house was converted to small museum. The Tower was restored from 1999 to 2000 at a cost of $850,000.
For a map location of Jupiter Lighthouse Park, please visit the Google Map of Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
Currently, the active Lighthouse exhibits two White Flashes every 30-seconds, and the flashes are separated by 7.7-seconds. For more information about visiting the Lighthouse and admission fees, please visit Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum Lighthouse Park.
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Posted on May 18, 2008, in Open House, Parks, Preservation News, Travel and tagged Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Open House, Outstanding Natural Area Act, Parks, Preservation News, ter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area Act, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.