ALL events have been canceled until further notice. 

This to inform you that the Open House events scheduled for April 4th and 5th have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 situation.

Currently, all Florida State Parks and Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities (aquatic preserves and National Estuarine Research Reserves) remain open to the public. However, out of an abundance of caution, DEP has made the decision to cancel all events and activities at Florida State Parks and Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities effective immediately.

This decision is in line with guidance from the CDC for the public to avoid the gathering of large groups. The department will provide updates when events and activities will resume.

Scott Tucker, President, Friends of Anclote Key State Park and Lighthouse  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2020

CONTACT: DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112, DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us

DEP Event Cancellations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The safety and welfare of our employees and the public we serve are of top priority to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP continues to take proactive measures and preventative actions to protect visitors, staff and volunteers as COVID-19 continues to be monitored.

Currently, all Florida State Parks and Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities (aquatic preserves and National Estuarine Research Reserves) remain open to the public. However, out of an abundance of caution, DEP has made the decision to cancel all events and activities at Florida State Parks and Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities effective immediately.

This decision is in line with guidance from the CDC for the public to avoid the gathering of large groups. The department will provide updates when events and activities will resume.

For the protection of our staff and our day-use visitors, all state parks, aquatic preserves, and NERRs have been provided with signage and guidance on preventative actions to reduce transmission of respiratory illness. All staff are fully informed and utilizing the protocol urged by the CDC and Florida Department of Health. Surfaces and areas that are frequently touched are consistently disinfected throughout the day, and all facilities are regularly and thoroughly cleaned to protect visitor safety. 

DEP continues to be in close communication with the Governor’s Office, the Florida Department of Health and CDC regarding the most recent COVID-19 status. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The call center is available 24 hours a day.

If your travel plans have changed and you need to modify camping or cabin reservations, please visit www.reserveamerica.com or contact ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-2267.

For additional information on Florida State Parks, please contact 850-245-3029. For additional information on Office Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities, contact DEP's Office of Public Services at 850-245-2119. 



Volunteers are always needed.

We need board members and volunteers for each of these events listed so we may be able to have and offer more events like this in the future. 

Volunteers are needed for environmental work, membership drives, social media awareness and special events that bring information about our favorite island to the public. 

Will you please consider donating a little of your time by joining us and help out our organization?


(If we do not have a volunteer application on file for you - you MUST fill one out and submit it before the day of the event.)


https://www.floridastateparks.org/volunteers

 

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LIGHTHOUSE OPEN HOUSE DAYS:

To get to the island you'll need to come by boat (private or rental), canoe, kayak or other types of watercraft. 


We do not have any tour boats bringing passengers to the island. 

We will have Memorial Brick order forms, tee shirts, ornaments, and other items for sale.



Please be there by 2:00 pm as there may be a waiting line


Anclote Key Lighthouse will be open to the public to climb. Come and see a piece of history and climb the lighthouse to see a spectacular view of Anclote Key State Park and the surrounding area. There's no cost to climbing the lighthouse but, donations are always welcome so that we can help the island and continue to put on events like this.

Always keeping the weather in mind, please bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and whatever else you will need for the day. 

12 photo(s) Updated on: 13 Oct 2019
  • Merchandise Table
  • Jenga Game
  • Corn Hole Game
  • Bean Bag Toss

(More pictures are on the Volunteer page)

Please join us! 

We also meet from time-to-time out on Anclote Key to help the Ranger with volunteer projects. 

The Friends of Anclote Key State Park & Lighthouse is volunteer organization that supports the park. It is a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) designated by the State of Florida and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). 

The Park

Anclote Key State Park is actually a chain of islands located in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Anclote River. It consists of Anclote Key, Three Rooker Island, and the North Sandbar. Anclote Key is 440-acre nature preserve. Three Rooker is a bird sanctuary. 

Because these two areas are nature preserves, no dogs are allowed. The North Sandbar is small sandy spit where Fido is welcome. 

For all of these areas you are encouraged to leave them as you found them. Take your trash with you and help us preserve these water wonderlands for future generations.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/

Florida Lighthouse Association


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Upcoming events

02 Jun 2020 7:00 PM • 138 E Lemon St, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
 

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