JUST SPOTTED a lovely article about Boca Grande in The New York Times. Boca Grande is just a short drive from your luxury villa and will most likely tempt you back every day of your vacation.
The NY Times feature says: ‘The island is about seven miles long, and just one mile across at its widest. It is protected by a piece of state legislation called the Gasparilla Island Conservation District Act of 1980, which was the first designed to preserve the ecosystems of Florida’s barrier islands. The act basically limits construction to no more than five dwelling units an acre, and the height of any structure to 38 feet. It also bans billboards and other exterior advertising.
‘Boca Grande exudes a laid-back Southern ambience of a bygone era. In the small village at the center of the island, you could imagine characters from a Tennessee Williams play strolling to the general store, then heading home under banyan trees.’