John McCarthy is the Executive Director at Gulf Coast Heritage Association – Historic Spanish Point. A native Floridian, John has a deep appreciation for the state’s communities, heritage and natural systems. In addition to his work at Historic Spanish Point, John shares his knowledge of Sarasota and Florida through writing, programs and tours. John has served as the President of the Historical Society of Sarasota County and the Florida Recreation and Parks Association Foundation. Prior to his current role, John was involved with SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) and also worked at the Sarasota County Government. During his 33-year career, he served as County Historian, Environmental Specialist and Director of Parks and Recreation. John’s interests include local history, cycling, kayaking, storytelling and woodworking.