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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BIPS to hold golf tournament to benefit the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse

August 31, 2023
By Boca Beacon Reader

To the Editor:

Save the date! Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS) will host the Light Keeper’s Open on Monday, Oct. 30 at the exclusive Coral Creek Club to benefit the historic Gasparilla Island Lighthouse. 

BIPS is calling all golfers to join in the festivities at the charity benefit tournament, featuring a continental breakfast, scramble format, 50/50 putting contest, hole-in-one prize and award ceremony. Player, team and sponsor opportunities are available. Spaces are limited. Learn more and RSVP at 

The benefit for BIPS will help the nonprofit Citizens Support Organization (CSO) post-Hurricane Ian, which left catastrophic damage to the four local FL State Parks BIPS supports, and the three historic structures BIPS manages, maintains and preserves on Boca Grande. 

Light Keeper’s Open Itinerary:

7:30 a.m. Check-in and continental Breakfast

8 a.m. 50/50 Putting contest

8:45 a.m. Rules with Golf Pro

9 a.m. Shotgun start Lunchboxes will be available at the back of the clubhouse at the 18th hole. The Light Keeper’s Open award reception and final putting contest shoot- out will immediately follow play at the clubhouse at the 18th hole. 

Players, teams and sponsor support will not only help BIPS preserve history for future generations, but is sure to be an exciting, fun and friendly competitive event for a great cause!

Visit today to RSVP while space is available – you won’t want to miss this!

BIPS is a nonprofit CSO for four FL State Parks, Cayo Costa, Don Pedro, Gasparilla (Boca Grande) and Stump Pass. BIPS also manages, maintains and preserves three historic structures, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum, Gasparilla Island Lighthouse and Amory Memorial Chapel. 

Go to, call (941) 964-0060 or mail to P.O. Box 637 Boca Grande, FL 33921. 

Shelly Thompson

Barrier Island Parks Society