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Sanibel Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Sanibel Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Sanibel Island

State: FL
Year established: 1884
Latitude: 26 deg 27 min 10 sec N
Longitude: 82 deg 0 min 52 sec W
Height above sea level: 98 feet

Original construction:
current square pyramidal iron skeleton tower with enclosed stair cylinder

automated in 1949; electrified in 1963; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
two white flashes every 6 seconds, visible for 13 nautical miles

More information:
McCarthy, Kevin, Florida Lighthouses, (Gainsville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1990), pp. 81-84
Cipra, David L., Lighthouses, Lightships, and the Gulf of Mexico, (Alexandria, VA: Cypress Communications, 1997), pp. 29-31
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 3 Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast, Little River, South Carolina to Econfina River, Florida, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 17