In 1847 a 60-foot brick lighthouse was built near the site of the current light. The light was too short and ineffective as an aid for mariners. Construction began on the current tower but had to be halted during the Civil War. It is said that the keeper removed the light apparatus and buried it in his orange grove. Construction resumed at the end of the war and was completed in 1868. The new tower was 145 feet tall and contained a 1st Order Fresnel Lens. It is visible for 18 miles. Shore erosion was a problem and by the 1880's the light was just 70 feet from the water. In 1892, relocation began on Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. It took 18 months to complete. In 1960 the light was automated. The lens was removed. It is on display at the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse museum
. The light is an active aid to navigation but is not open to the public. Ownership of Cape Canaveral Lighthouse has been transferred from the Coast Guard to the United States Air Force.