Like a baseball manager searching for maximum production, Executive Director Lew Hastings is shuffling his Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce event lineup.
The Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament is being shifted back to its traditional Mother's Day weekend dates after being placed a year ago on the same weekend with the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament and the Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament.
The May 25 Tarpon Fest will still accompany the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament May 23-24 although the Sunday schedule has been eliminated.
The Fall Festival is being pared down in part to relieve business owners of having Boca Grande roads blocked as has been the custom for a band stage and food booths.
"We'll have a Fall Fest of some sort, just not as we've had it in the past," Hastings said.
The Christmas Walk will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Hastings said, and the Halloween Walk will likely take place on Halloween night.
Who: Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce
What: Fall Golf Scramble Fundraiser with a cocktail reception following at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club
When: Monday, Oct. 15
Where: Gasparilla Golf Club
Why: Eighteen teams played in 2011, which allowed the Chamber to support more than 30 students with college scholarships.
Contact: Call 964-0568 or entry forms available at bocagrandechamber.com
You should know: Volunteers are needed
A new July 4 event is in the planning stages, he said.
"I've had so many calls from people asking if we were planning to do anything on July Fourth," Hastings said. "We will have an Independence Day celebration."
A parade and fireworks are possible although Hastings said he wanted to coordinate any pyrotchenics with the program put on by the Gasparilla Inn & Club.
The new Boca Grande Chamber directory is in development and nearing completion, he said.