Life on Gasparilla Island once had a very different rhythm. With a past intimately tied to Charlotte Harbor and the rich fishing grounds it provided, Gasparilla Island was, in its early history, the site of a small fishing village and a commercial fishery. The discovery of phosphate deposits in the region and the introduction of the railroad soon increased the pace of life, and a thriving port was built on the island’s south end. As the twentieth century dawned and the Florida boom loomed on the horizon, the town of Boca Grande began to hum with the activity of a rapidly growing population. Though much has changed through the yearsthe little fishing village has vanished, the estimable Boca Grande Hotel is gone, and the once bustling port is now a state parkmuch of the region’s unique history continues to inform the modern landscape. The venerable lighthouse, constructed in 1890, now serves as a museum of local history, and the grand Gasparilla Inn still stands firmly upon its original 1911 site. Those who now call Boca Grande home cherish it for the same island magic that fishermen and railroad officials recognized long ago: its unspoiled natural beauty, inviting climate, world-class fishing, and welcoming community.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of America Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.88(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.36(d)|
About the Author
In Boca Grande, authors and historians Marilyn Hoeckel and Theodore B. VanItallie showcase more than 200 black-and-white images of Gasparilla Island and its sole remaining town, Boca Grande. With vintage photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia culled from such sources as the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, the Boca Grande Historical Society, the Boca Beacon, and the collections of many local families, this delightful retrospective will take readers, both residents and visitors alike, on an entertaining journey through the island’s unique past.