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Boca Grande

Boca Grande

Photo courtesy of the
Florida Division of Historical Resources.

    Boca Grande Entrance Rear Range Lighthouse was built in 1927 to serve as an additional aid to large ships coming into Port Charlotte’s harbor. An iron pile structure, the lighthouse and its fourth-order lens, lighted in 1932, were built to withstand storm forces from the Gulf of Mexico but constant erosion of Gasparilla Island may be its undoing. Restoration was completed in 1986, including the reinstallation of its original Fresnel lens. Owned by the Florida Park Service/Barrier Island Park Society, only the grounds are open.



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