Lee County Visitor and Convention BureauSanibel is asking the federal government for $170,000 to help pay for refurbishing the 126-year-old Sanibel Island Light. The city plans to pressure blast and repaint the 98-foot tower, replace parts of the lighthouse eves and replace deteriorated steel doors, sanibelcaptiva.com reports.
The Sanibel Island Light was the first lighthouse on Florida's Gulf coast north of Key West and the Dry Tortugas. It is located on the tip of Sanibel Island. It was built to mark the entrance to San Carlos Bay for ships calling at Punta Rassa, across San Carlos Bay From Sanibel Island.
Punta Rassa was an important port for shipping cattle to Cuba during the Spanish American war.