Is this a TINY inland lighthouse or what? This tiny lighthouse is the centerpiece of Founders Park in Islamorada. Its correct name is the Pacific Lighthouse, leading me to believe that at one time it saw active duty but is now resting its laurels. Though it might have served a grander purpose in a previous life, its mission here is strictly decorative. Maybe at one time this was the top portion to a taller guardian of the sea. Made of thick steel and containing what looks to be a once proud beacon, this sailors ship-shore friend now poses for photo-ops rather than waves pounding upon its base.
Either way, its former tour of duty has been called home to retire in relative seclusion rendering its shade for more enjoyable things like picnics and BBQ’s while soaking up smiles from land lubbers & salty dogs alike while being part of this park’s ambiance and charm.
You can find Founders Park at Mile Marker 87.0 on US-1 bayside. There is a nominal park fee to enter, but you cheepsters can view it from the gate!