U.S. Coast Guard
The first Sand Key Lighthouse was destroyed by a hurricane in 1846; Keeper Rebecca Flaherty and five others died at the lighthouse. The present lighthouse was designed by I.W.P. Lewis. It was badly damaged by a fire in 1989. Between 1991 and 1997 it was largely restored by the Coast Guard.
Tower Height: 120
Height of Focal Plane: 105
Description of Tower: Cast iron, square skeletal pyramidal tower with integral keeper's dwelling.
Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.
This light is operational
1827: 65-foot brick tower; lightship on site 1846-1853.
Optics: 1853: First order Fresnel lens; now VRB-25 solar powered.
The lighthouse can be seen distantly distantly from Key West; it is best viewed by boat or plane. Island City Flying Service offers sightseeing tours from Key West International Airport. Call (305) 296-5422 for details.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: John Flaherty (1827-1830); Rebecca Flaherty (1830-1846); Latham Brightman (1853-?); Charles Bowman; Joseph F. Papy; George Weigand; William Bates; Edward Hudson; John Camaler; James Bryson; Francis W. Knight; James Martin; J. W. Roberts; Charles G. Johnson; Thomas Kelly; Alonzo Baker.