Gasparilla Island has a vibrant history beginning years ago with the Calusa Indians who called Charlotte Harbor the center of their empire. By the mid 1700s, the tribe had all but disappeared due to clashes with European explorers.
Phosphate rock was discovered in 1885 along the Peace River just east of the harbor. Because of its value for fertilizers and more, the south end of Boca Grande became a major deep water port, shipping the minerals worldwide up until the 1970s.
The Northern Railroad, which linked Gasparilla Island to the mainland, was completed in 1907 bringing wealthy visitors.
Within three years, Boca Grande Pass became a world-class tarpon fishing destination. The little village of Boca Grande was growing a reputation as the perfect winter getaway. Beach-side residences were built for upper class families, and the downtown area began to cater to them. Soon there were several small communities located within the island home.
The north end became the fishing village, where fishermen and their families took up residence, the downtown area and surrounding streets made a great place for "old Florida style cracker houses" where growing families could live and work, owning and running the local businesses, and the south end of the island.
When the Boca Grande Causeway was opened in 1958, the railroad was closed and its old bed was turned into Boca Grande's popular bike path. Gasparilla flourishes today as a prized retreat for tourists and fishermen who appreciate the island’s "Old World" Florida charm.
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After years of living and working in beautiful Boca Grande, Carol Stewart has established herself not only as a world-class expert in the field of Real Estate, but also as an asset to the community.
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Carol Stewart and her husband Doug are longtime residents of Boca Grande and have raised their two sons here. This has enabled Carol to experience first-hand the dynamics of the community; including its school systems, rich history and the changes that have occurred in this coastal region.
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