Gasparilla Island Light

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Rear Range Light Tower Feb 18, 2005
In 1966, the Boca Grande lighthouse was abandoned by the Coast Guard, and the 58-foot tall steel skeleton Rear Range Light Tower was established further inland. Pyramidal skeletal towers became popular in the late 1800s as they could be built at roughly half the cost of a stone or brick tower of the same height. Another advantage they had was that since they were constructed of prefabricated sections, it was possible to disassemble and move them. Boca Grande Entrance Rear Range Light worked in conjunction with a flashing light atop a twenty-foot-tall steel structure located offshore. When a captain positioned his vessel so that the light from the rear range was positioned directly above the flashing light of the front range, he knew he was in the middle of the shipping channel. The front range light of the Boca Grande Entrance Range was discontinued in 2003, and the rear light was renamed Gasparilla Island Light, the name the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse had before being deactivated in 1966. It is still active.
Gasparilla Island Light
Gasparilla Island Light
As seen entering the island
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