From my home! Pensacola, FL! Like all of other southern homes, this is a part of my day to day misses from my home state and home region! On March 3, 1823, Congress authorized $6,000 for Pensacola Lighthouse. To serve the port until the lighthouse was finished, the floating light vessel Aurora Borealis was transferred from the mouth of the Mississippi. The vessel was positioned in calm waters behind the western end of Santa Rosa Island. A site just west of Fort Barrancas.