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G A SPA R I L L A I N N & C LU B

www.the-gasparilla-inn.com Annual revenue: $30 million
HQ: Boca Grande, Fla. Employees: 346 Specialty: Resort

One of the most unique things about Gasparilla Inn & Club is its island location.

Island Paradise
Privately owned island resort and beach club Gasparilla Inn & Club's old Florida
charm keeps guests coming back year after year. BY JEFF BORGARDT

Jon Reecher

general manager
"We have a really great,
gracious staff."

Visiting the Gasparilla Inn & Club is
like taking a trip back in time in Florida. Built in 1913, the Georgian-style
resort harkens back to early 20th
century southern life.

"It is like going back in time," says
General Manager Jon Reecher. "There
is no question about it. That is the
comment we receive most." With its
traditional feel, Gasparilla Inn lives
up to its credo: "Florida as it was
meant to be."
The resort features an old-time veranda, living room and parlor lounge.
Gasparilla Inn includes 63 guest
rooms inside the inn and 88 rooms in
nearby cottages.

The Gasparilla Inn is one of the
largest surviving resort hotels in
Florida, constructed originally for
wealthy Northerners during the era
when the state became a travel and
vacation destination.
In the early part of the century,
the inn hosted such tycoons as J.P.
Morgan, Henry duPont and Florida
railroad and resort tycoon Henry
Plant. Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone were guests, as well as famous

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