Profiles


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: RON BOLTON

August 26, 2022
Poets, artists, philosophers, explorers and environmentalists have all recognized the importance of water to our lives. Ronald Bolton, director of the Gasparilla Island Water Authority (GIWA), is …

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Ray Ledon

August 19, 2022
Dr. Ray Ledon has a story to tell. In fact, he has a whole lifetime of stories, and many are contained in a book he has written. The book was published in 2018 by Advantage Media Group, Charleston…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: R.N. Lindsay Dalton 

August 11, 2022
There is a new face at the Boca Grande Health Clinic.  Say “hello” to the new registered nurse, Lindsay Dalton. Nurse Lindsay has been a part of the clinic staff for about a month and is excited t…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Teacher Susan McKenzie eager to start her first year at TIS

August 5, 2022
There is a special place in Susan McKenzie’s heart for second-graders. She loves teaching all elementary grades, but second-graders have a “special wonderment” about them. “There is an excitement …

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A new TIS teacher for the ‘littlest’ students has arrived in a big way

July 29, 2022
When you walk into Gretchen Hughes’ kindergarten room at The Island School, you will know you are in a magical place. There is nothing ordinary about this entrance into formal education. Gretchen …

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Kelly Carpenter

July 21, 2022
Kelly’s spent a lifetime working with kids, and their lives are better for it  Kelly Carpenter has no children of her own, yet she has hundreds. She is the new director of the Boca Grande Presc…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Beacon writer Sheila Evans is always looking for the next adventure

July 15, 2022
Sheila Evans knew Boca Grande as the premier swimming beach in the area, and she made a point to bring visitors to see the sand, the lighthouse and the beautiful turquoise waters whenever she coul…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ken Burnette

July 8, 2022
Ken Burnette wants to die in Boca Grande – but not for a good long time. He and his wife, Barbara,  have fallen in love with Boca Grande and want to live in this town, on this island, until t…

In the Spotlight: Just Martyn, please No formal titles for new Methodist minister

July 1, 2022
July 1 marks a starting point in the liturgical year for those in the United Methodist tradition. Not coincidentally, it is also common for new Methodist pastors to begin their service on the firs…

SPOTLIGHT: Ken Fortney – 97 and still working at The Inn golf shop

June 24, 2022
Responsibility is something Ken Fortney learned from a young age … and has never shirked from. He will be 97 next month and he is still working. Ken is that wise golfer you see in The Gasparilla…