March 23

Life truly is tranquil for the residents of Coral Caye in Placida, Florida, because even though they may live on the mainland, they are close to the beauty of coastal waterways, the solitude of nearby state parks and preserves, and are just minutes from exclusive Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island.

 

Gasparilla Island is one of the Gulf Coast’s barrier islands that is separated from the mainland by both Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound. Boca Grande has seven miles of beaches that are lined with white sand and seashells, plus the most beautiful water on the Gulf Coast. This area is not as well known as other Florida destinations like Sarasota and Fort Myers, but that is what makes it even more valuable to the locals.

 

For first time visitors, a trip to the historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum located on the southern tip of the island is a “must see.” The lighthouse was built in 1890 and is the oldest structure on the island. In 1980, it was added to the National Register of Historic Buildings and the five-room museum opened in 1999. It is the best place to learn about the history of Charlotte Harbor.

 

Don Pedro ParkThe 230-acre Don Pedro State Park is across from Coral Caye and is accessible by boat or ferry. You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, or shelling on the park’s gulf side. The park also has a fishing dock, kayak launch, nature trails and picnic shelters.

 

Nearby Cayo Costa State Park is a 2,426-acre island that people visit throughout the year to watch dolphins and manatees swimming in the water surrounding the island. Visitors can only reach this island by boat or ferry. The nine miles of beaches are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing in the sun. There are plenty of nature trails on the island, so people can see the pine forests, oak-palm hammocks, and mangrove swamps while hiking.

 

Living at Coral Caye also offers easy access to numerous waterways, and there are so many fun activities to be enjoyed without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of a big city. There are not many places like it – where you can spend time at the beach during the day and then head to a concert or the theater at night.

 

Upcoming Weekend Events:

March 25 & 26: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Spring Fine Arts Festival at Dearborn Street, Englewood -  http://oldeenglewood.com/

In addition to visiting the unique shops and great restaurants that create the charm of West Dearborn Street, shoppers can stroll through the booths of over a hundred artists. Well-known local artists and exhibitors from all over the United States will be participating. Fine art in all mediums will be available, including: sculpture,  paintings,  jewelry,  photography, pottery and ceramics, and mixed media. Free parking is available along nearby streets. Additional free parking is available on the public parking lot located on the corner of Green St. and Mango St. Admission is free; however, Rotarians will be greeting festival attendees and requesting a “$2 Donation In Exchange for a Smile.” 

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017:  10:30 a.m.

Boca Grande Bike Parade and Fair – http://bocabeacon.com/misc/showtime-join-fun-weekend-bike-parade-fair/
The “Magic of Movies” is coming to Boca Grande on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a star-studded parade along the Bike Path.  Hollywood-inspired golf carts, bicycles, wagons, and scooters will assemble at 5th Street at 9:50 a.m. If you haven’t pre-registered, there is an open-casting call for late entries at 9:45 a.m. Led by the Lemon Bay High School marching band, jazz band, and ROTC unit, and headlined by the children of The Island School as Honorary Grand Marshals, the parade will conclude at the Community Center.

Saturday, March 25, 2017:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Boca Grande Woman’s Club annual Spring Fair) – http://bocabeacon.com/misc/showtime-join-fun-weekend-bike-parade-fair/
Act II of the production will be the Boca Grande Woman’s Club annual Spring Fair from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Boca Grande Community Center. It will feature carnival games, a Cake Walk, free snow-cones and popcorn, face painters, pony rides, a balloon artist, a juggler, a caricaturist, the Shark Tooth Man and Suncoast Humane Society. The concessions team will be grilling hotdogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, brats, and veggie burgers (cash only, please).  The very popular “Bake & Take” will open at 11 a.m. in the Woman’s Club Room and will have homemade casseroles, soups, breads, and sweet treats for sale (credit cards accepted).

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017:  1:05 p.m.

Boston Red Sox vs. Philladelphia Phillies
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