BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Seeing a Boca Grande sunset or watching a tarpon tournament is now just a mouse click away. If you’re a fan of Boca Grande, but can’t be here as much as you’d like, The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce and Capt. Sandy Melvin just made your day.
Two live web cams, one facing Boca Grande Pass and one facing the Gulf, have been posted on the historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse. They can be accessed by going to bocagrandechamber.com.
Melvin and Lew Hastings, executive director of the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce, have been working with the Barrier Island Parks Society on the project for months.
The camera links are designed to be able to be embedded into any social media page, and can accept an unlimited amount of viewers at one time. That’s a really good thing, considering the cameras went live on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and by the end of the day had more than 15,000 unique hits.
“I thought it would be very beneficial for people who can’t be in Boca Grande but who love it,” said Melvin. “We’ve been working on this for awhile, but didn’t want to roll it out like Obamacare. We wanted to make sure all the bugs were out, and it was up and running ... that’s why it’s taken us so long. It seems to be running very well, and now you can sit at home with a glass of wine and watch a Boca Grande sunset. Not only that, captains can use them to see how rough the Pass is before going out. Who knows what you might see out there during tarpon season?”
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