Closures, cancellations and postponements on Gasparilla Island due to COVID-19 concerns

March 13, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse


The following activities have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Lee County schools are closed until May 1.
The Boca Grande Preschool is closed until further notice.
Hudson’s will be closing at 2:30 every day until further notice. All shopping will be curbside pickup only. Shoppers may call in their orders or bring their lists by the store and they will prepare your order for you. They will only be accepting house account charges and credit card. Please limit your order to 15 items or less. If you are calling in a grocery order, please do NOT use the main line. Here are three phone numbers you can call instead for all grocery orders:
(941) 204-7270
(941) 204-7534
(941) 204-7561

Any of those numbers will work. Remember, you MUST provide a method of payment. You can call in your credit card number and expiration, then email your order; or include your credit card number and expiration on your email. Their email is

The Boca Grande Woman’s Club has decided to close Boca Bargains for the season. There is some furniture available, though, and they would love to sell it. Call Candy Sasser at (813) 601-2759. Please do not leave donations at the store, as there is no one there to collect them.
Services at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Boca Grande are canceled for the time being. You can find an online devotional on Sunday morning.
Go to the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Facebook page or to for church service information. They are currently not holding in-person services.
Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and at all the parishes in the Diocese of Venice are suspended until after Easter, when the situation can be re-evaluated. Visitation to churches to pray is also suspended. Go to their Facebook page for online service information.
Services at the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande are suspended until further notice.

Smart Studio Boca is open by appointment for the time being. They are still taking custom framing orders, just call (207) 664-4907. And you can still get your favorite print on Etsy, just search Gail Cleveland, or email
The Johann Fust Library is closed.

All Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center programs are canceled for the remainder of this season.
Port Boca Grande Lighthouse activities and all Range Light climbs are cancelled until further notice.
The Boca Grande History Center will be closed until further notice. All activities associated with the center are canceled until further notice.

Boca Blooms is closed to foot traffic but remains busy delivering fresh flowers, decorative plants and home decor items. For information and photos of recent designs, check out postings on Instagram and Facebook @BocaBloomsBG. For questions and orders, call Eric and Terese directly at 401-864-3187.

All island retailers are closed until further notice.
The Boca Grande Farmer’s Market is closed until further notice.
All Boca Bay Pass Club facilities and amenities are closed. All dining experiences at the Pass Club have been shut down, but they will continue to provide takeout or home delivery to their membership south of 1st Street. If you are a member call the club with questions.
Gasparilla Island State Park at the south end of the island is closed.

The Barrier Island Parks Society – has canceled all events and activities through May 1. In addition, the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and Gasparilla Island Lighthouse will be closed until May 1. Staff can be reached at 964-0060, or via email at
All Mercabo Cove tours that were scheduled have been canceled.
Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc.’s (GIWA) staff is essential to the continued operation of your water and sewer facilities. To protect the health and safety of their team, GIWA’s office is currently closed to visitors. Please contact them through email or telephone, and they will be happy to help.
Payments can be deposited in the outside payment box.
Telephone – (941) 964-2423
Email –
The Island Dog Boutique & Supply is closed but keep checking their Facebook page for how to reach Jane, the owner.
Banyan Tree Yoga & Pilates is offering online virtual classes. They will continue their Monday, Wednesday and Friday Pilates Mat class at 8 am, Body Sculpt on Tues and Thurs at 8 am and Yoga on Tues and Fridays at 9:15. Register online thru your Mindbody account or their website,   Currently the studio itself is closed.
From the Boca Grande Club:
Tiki Bar: The Tiki Bar is closed until further notice.
Lunch service: Lunch service in all areas is suspended, including the Pool Deck, China Deck, Dining Room and Verandah. Takeaway lunches will continue to be available at the Clubhouse. Dinner service is suspended in all areas of the club. Takeaway dinner will continue to be available at the Clubhouse. For questions about ordering or what’s on the menu, call 964-2211.
The Gasparilla Inn & Club will not be taking reservations until further notice. The Spa and the James Griffith Salon are closed. The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club is closed. The Pink Elephant, Inn Bakery and the Outlet are still doing takeout at this time (see below). Call The Inn if you have questions, 964-4500.

Fusion Restaurant is closed.
South Beach Bar & Grill is open for takeout as of May 1, 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. They can be reached at 964-0765.
Sister’s Restaurant has closed their dining room and will be offering takeout from 12 to 8 daily. Donations for the Ashlea Christensen baby fundraiser can be dropped off during business hours. The take out menu can be found at
Scarpa’s Coastal is serving takeout. The menu, hours and more is available online at
Eagle Grille/Miller’s Dockside at Boca Grande Marina has new hours, 11:30am-7:00pm for to go/pick up food only. Their number is (941) 964-8000.
The Pink Elephant will be serving to-go lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and to-go dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call (941) 964-4540 to place an order.
The Outlet at The Innlet will be serving to-go breakfast & lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (941) 964-2246 to place an order.
The Inn Bakery will be serving to-go pastries and coffee drinks from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to-go sandwiches and wraps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Main Dining Room at The Inn will not be serving breakfast and dinner for the time being.

Pink Pony and Tortuga are open for business, through the window service only.
3rd Street Bistro offers seating in the fresh air in the secret garden and patrons can order foods through a take out menu. Call (941) 964-0155 to order.
The Loose Caboose is offering curbside take-out item daily. Call (941) 964-0440 for more information.
The Temptation is open for takeout only. Liquor store is open. Daily menu postings on their Facebook page.
Keep checking our Facebook page and here for more information.