Rep. Cyndi Stevenson will try again to secure funding to preserve the St. Augustine Lighthouse tower.
Since 2017, the St. Augustine Republican has unsuccessfully pushed for the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for preservation and repairs each session.
“It’s really important to St. Augustine, St. Johns County and Florida that we maintain this important historical resource,” Stevenson said.
And while the Legislature faces tighter budget constraints this Session, Stevenson remains hopeful the museum will see a cut.
The 165-foot lighthouse, now 145 years old, is a Smithsonian affiliate and accredited by the the American Alliance of Museums. 216,000 people each year visit the museum, operated by staff and 266 volunteers..
Half a million dollars every five or six years since 1980 go toward preserving the building. The nearly $485,000 in Stevenson’s bill (HB 4757), filed Wednesday, would go in part toward repainting the tower stairs and some metal restoration.
“The work is recommended to protect the public, and to protect the oldest brick structure in St. Augustine,” according to the budget request.
Most years the museum pays for its own renovation and maintenance work, including the annual