Profiles


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Penny Sims

January 26, 2023
Shore birds are a favorite subject for Boca Grande artist Penny Sims. She loves the birds, but just about anything in and on the water is likely to end up as a subject on her canvas – or wooden pl…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: John Sherman

January 20, 2023
John Sherman loves baseball. He played ball as a kid and dreamed of being in the big leagues one day. His dream came true, in a manner of speaking. He is not a player, but he is principal owner of…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Amy McCandless, the lady behind the Facebook persona of Fugate’s during the storm

January 12, 2023
If a book were to be written about surviving a hurricane from a mental health or spiritual standpoint, Amy McCandless could be the author. As the general manager of Fugate’s, she has not only kept…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Nurse Jenny Maday talks about her new job at the Boca Grande Health Clinic

January 5, 2023
Helping people feel better and being in the great outdoors are two of the top things that make Jenny Maday happy. Jenny is the newest registered nurse to join the Boca Grande Health Clinic team. S…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wreaths Across America

December 22, 2022
Cemeteries all over the country honored deceased veterans on Saturday, Dec. 17, by placing holiday wreaths on their graves and holding memorials, usually naming aloud each person being honored. Th…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A business owner with heart, Sandy Stilwell Youngquist is ready to jump into island life with both feet

December 15, 2022
Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, owner of the new Keylime Bistro, is ready to bring her sense of fun and flare to Boca Grande. She has been doing that in Captiva for a number of years and has now expand…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: At the age of 30, Chef Marchesano has more experience than many twice his age

December 9, 2022
When The Gasparilla Inn & Club opens on December 15, a new team of chefs will be on the scene. They have been in Boca Grande a couple of months, surviving Hurricane Ian and beginning their wor…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Baby Silas waited for the coast to be clear before making his way into this crazy world

December 2, 2022
Silas Kai Swartzendruber went through Hurricane Ian in a unique way. He was inside his mother, Nikki Heimann. He was due to be born right around the time the hurricane hit, but for a while it appe…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Sarah Babcock

November 23, 2022
“You only need to look in the news to see concerns about influenza, food safety or red tide to realize how much our health and safety are tied to animals, plants and our shared environment.” Dr sa…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: FATHER CHRIS GRAY

November 18, 2022
Fairly early in his life as an Episcopal priest, Father Chris Gray discovered the key to good ministry. It sounds simple but does not come naturally to everyone, even those who have chosen the pri…