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ros-golfplayer1_1361695308Dear business leader,

This is your VIP invitation to the Tenth Annual Boca Grande Scramble Golf Tournament, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at The Gasparilla Golf Club in Boca Grande.


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2015 Richest Tarpon Cover

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The 2015 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament & Festival

Boca Grande, FL –As the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce and Director of the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament and Festival, we pride ourselves on innovation and forward-thinking solutions for the environment and our collaborators. By working with you personally, and offering a range of unique opportunities and options, we look forward to meeting your company’s marketing goals by customizing a promotional package based on your specific needs and budget.


After its history-making return in 2012, on its 30 anniversary, the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament and public festival was back in a big way with a renewed mission of conservation, education and sportsmanship. By combining the high-stakes allure of competitive, big-game sport fishing with practical conservation principles and informative entertainment, this trend-setting event is pioneering its way as a model for tarpon tournaments around the World.


As the result of unprecedented support and involvement from the sport, science, conservation and business communities, the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament and Festival has received local, regional and international mainstream media attention. Strategic alliances with local and regional media partners have resulted in numerous segments airing on TV news and featured articles by respected journalists in Harbor Style, North Port, Onshore-Offshore and Guy Harvey Magazines. Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lew Hastings also regularly promotes the event as an invited guest at public and private meetings and radio talk shows including his own weekly radio show which has an estimated audience reach of 400,000. Including the event’s own unique world class conservation print publication, these efforts exemplify how this event and its sponsors have effectively reached millions of consumers in our back yard and around the world. Surrounding the diversified media exposure and attention is a growing list of noted public officials, internationally respected research scientists, conservation and wildlife management organizations, and respected eco-minded corporations who proudly express their support and endorsement for this innovative and sustainable sport and entertainment format.


Anglers in 2015 will enter a two-day tournament with up to 4 anglers per team and will be competing in 2 separate divisions for thousands in cash and prizes. Competitors will follow procedures designed for quick releases and the post-release welfare of all tarpon. Winners will be determined by the highest total number of tarpon successfully released, each of which are officially recorded when the Captain or mate touches the leader and immediately releases the tarpon. An Observer, professionally trained and certified by Official Tournament Staff will accompany teams throughout the competition. Accepted Observer applicants must successfully complete a mandatory course in: tarpon identification, proper release procedures and tournament rules.


While competition heats up in Boca Grande Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun and excitement back on shore at the tournament and festival host location in beautiful Downtown Boca Grande all day June 5th and 6th. Event sponsors will be on hand to exhibit their products and conduct demonstrations and promotions, along with a wide variety of spectacular art vendors, live music performances, unique attractions like the Mote Marine Boca Grande location, entertaining and educational marine-centric displays by some of today’s leading fishery experts and scientists, and of course, lots of delicious food and cold beverages.

Event organizers are especially pleased to announce that world-renowned marine artist, angler and tournament sponsor, Guy Harvey and his Ocean Foundation will again be providing valuable support for the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament’s anglers and the event’s tarpon research and educational outreach mission. Harvey, who will appear at this years event, is a marine biologist, longtime conservationist, and founder of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, said “This tournament and festival will increase global awareness of the important role that tarpon play in the world’s oceans and our ecosystem.” In 2012, Creators and Directors of the Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge developed a continuing alliance with the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Lew Hastings, to promote and strengthen their commonality of mission for the conservation of our coastal marine environment. “We applaud both tournament’s founders and directors for their increased commitment to promote the proper catch and release of sharks and tarpon. Our goal with them is to help minimize the mortality rates of these species and maximize educational outreach about the important and growing need for their conservation”, said Dr. Harvey.

We’re excited to be hosting this event on the magnificent island of Gasparilla in the town of Boca Grande. Historic and beautiful, this island attracts people from all over the world who come to experience this lush barrier island surrounded by cerulean waters and seven miles of sugary white beaches stretching the entire Gulf side; the kind one usually finds only in the Caribbean. This tropical backdrop with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico provides an exciting and entertaining festival experience for the entire family all day Friday June 5th and Saturday June 6th. Home to some of the world’s most robust and diverse saltwater sport fishing, the southwest region of Florida is also a top vacation destination known for its beautiful beaches, resorts and magnetic eco-tourism opportunities. The region in and surrounding Charlotte Harbor and the legendary Boca Grande Pass prides itself in a history rich with sport fishing lore as the catch point of numerous saltwater world records and the favorite fishing hole of such notable figures as: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Ernest Hemmingway and Zane Grey.

Your participation is vital to the success of our mission of Conservation*Education*Sportsmanship and shows we are committed to the continued success of our business community and the pursuit of a prudent course of action in the protection of the sport fishing history that our area was built upon.


Please contact me at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce at 941-964-0568, email me at or visit our website at and let’s have a conversation about conservation and how you can help.



Lew Hastings

Executive Director

Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce

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2015 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament May 9

Published on 02 February 2015

2015 Ladies Day

It is with great pleasure that we announce that 2015 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament will be held on Morther’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 9th, 2015. We want participating anglers to have their best chance at winning this tournament, so this year the fishing times will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. With awards to follow immediately after.
Pre-registration is now open. Get your sweet heart of a deal and pre-register on or before Feb. 14th for $500. $100 will hold your spot. All payment are due in full by March 6th. If you register after Feb. 14th the fee will be $550.
Thank you to all who have supported this tournament. We are looking forward to celebrating an amazing 25 years. Visit the Ladies Day website for the registration form Check out the Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament Facebook page for current updates.
Contact Lew Hastings at the Boca Grande Area Chamber for Commerce 941-964-0568 or Melissa Laterza at Englewood Bank & Trust for me information 941-473-4504.

For its 25th anniversary, the Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament Committee has selected the artwork of Brendan Coudal to represent the Tournament.  Brendan’s newest painting is titled “Bubbly Mermaid” — she’s a beautiful mermaid holding a bottle of champagne, flanked by a Tarpon, and she was the perfect choice for this historic event!  This marks the 5th time Brendan’s artwork has been selected to represent the Tournament — the only artist, to date, to hold this honor!  His retro-inspired style has been very popular with tournament anglers, sponsors and the community-at-large.

The first retro-style gal Brendan painted in 2007 was called “Boca Belle” (a blond beauty and her cute Beagle catching a Tarpon, with the iconic Boca Grande Lighthouse in the background) which was selected to represent the Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament in 2008.  After that, his “Round ‘Em Up”, “Boca Beauties” and “A Doggone Good Catch” followed.   All were hugely popular, fun images of pretty women (or mermaids!) with Tarpon.

When Brendan considered submitting for this year’s event, he had a celebratory theme in mind.  “The Ladies Day Tournament is the unofficial kickoff to Tarpon season and those lady anglers really know how to have a good time and catch fish!  What better way to celebrate a milestone year than to uncork a big bottle of champagne?!”

Brendan and his wife Nicole work from their home studio in Nokomis.  His primary genre is saltwater fish, and Tarpon is one of his favorite species to paint (and catch).  Brendan migrated toward mid-century style after seeing the work of the great pinup artists.  He knew he was onto something when his paintings eventually combined pretty, retro-styled gals with saltwater fish!   Today, he is one of a handful of artists painting in the footsteps of those pinup masters whose work dominated the art world during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.  The artist enjoys fishing and diving and can often be found near a school of Tarpon somewhere in Southwest Florida!  When he’s not painting or fishing, he’s writing, playing the ukulele and traveling.  You can see more of Brendan’s work on his website at

This year’s Limited Edition/Signed posters are available for sale at the Chamber.   Brendan’s posters have been known to sell out quickly, so, be sure to get yours while they last!


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Lobster Bake

Join us for a Valentines Day to remember on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Our 2nd Annual Boca Grande Authentic Lobster Bake presented by the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce with proceeds benefitting the Chamber of Commerce in it’s enduring pursuit to bring you first class quality local events and continued successful management of our Educate Boca scholarship program.

Traditionally prepared in New England rock seaweed and cooked onsite this dinner will come complete with lobster, clams, potatoes, corn on the cob and more right down to dessert and coffee.

Come out for a day a fun, great food and fantastic company.

February 14th 2015


Rangelight Beach, Boca Grande

$75 per person

Only a limited number of tickets are available.

Tickets can be purchased at the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce office and The Boca Beacon office.

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Destinations Travel Magazine

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“The tree lined streets of this quiet beach town along the Gulf of Mexico are inviting. The famed lighthouse at Gasparilla Island State Park provides photo opportunities and the historic hotels will set the mood for a romantic honeymoon. There are seven miles of powdery beaches for you and your partner” -Destinations Travel Magazine -Destination Weddings Edition

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Boca Grande Christmas

Join us on Gasparilla Island for our Annual Christmas Walk November 29th from 5 to 8PM in downtown Boca Grande. Representatives for Santa Claus have contacted the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce to confirm that the bearded one will once again provide the star power and stated that the island with it’s quaint village, unique shops, fabulous restaurants and small town charm is one of Santa’s favorite stops. The village will be decorated for the season and the traditional luminary candles will light the way for people as they stroll the variety of businesses shopping and socializing. Don’t miss this special and time honored tradition!

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Annual Membership Invite

Thursday November 20th 5:30-7:30PM at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Any current member who brings a potential new member with them to the meeting will both get to enter their business cards into a drawing for a chance to win a half-day Snook/Redfish Backwater Fishing Trip for two courtesy of Gasparilla Outfitters. (Limited availability on times)

Also there will be a One Time Only Membership discount sign-up opportunity for $125.00 for ANY business that signs up at the meeting.

See You There!

Lew Hastings


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The Gasparilla Golf Club

2014 Scholarship Golf Scramble Invitation

We will be able to accommodate the first 80 players for this event and it will fill up fast so download the following entry form and register today.

If you would like to sponsor this tournament please see our sponsorship opportunities below

2014 Scholarship Golf Scramble Registration form

2014 Scholarship Golf Scramble Sponsorship Levels Worksheet

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Paradise TV Segment – Tarpon Fishing

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