Video: The Cape Florida Light

Built in 1825, the Cape Florida Light is Miami’s oldest standing building and it’s seen a lot. Attacked by  Seminoles and Confederate sympathizers, taken out of commission in 1878 only to be returned to service a century later, the lighthouse at Cape Florida has survived beach erosion, Hurricane Andrew and almost two centuries of South Florida land development. It’s right to stand tall.

The State of Florida purchased the southern part of Key Biscayne (one previous owner: James Deering, builder of Vizcaya) in 1966 and established Miami-Dade’s first state park, in time named Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park for the newspaper editor who campaigned for the area’s preservation and put together the property’s sale. In 1969 the state built replicas of the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, which can be seen in this WTVJ clip from 1970.

This footage captures scenic views of the Cape Florida Light and its surroundings, as well as an “intro” and “closer” for the story by WTVJ reporter Jack Belt.

Video and audio included in this post is copyrighted/owned by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives.

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