Profile Jan Waters

■ BY SUE ERWIN Banyan Tree Pilates and Yoga has new owners – but they’re not new to the island. Jan Waters and her husband, Ron, officially purchased the business on September 1. Jan has been teaching fitness classes for about 30 years. She has taught step, boot camp and Pilates. An avid runner, she’s also competed […]

PROFILE: Kelly Green

BY SUE ERWIN – Many residents and business owners on the island are quite familiar with the sparkling smile and energetic charisma of Kelly Green. Kelly is a licensed massage therapist, and she’s worked in Boca Grande for the past 22 years. She worked at The Gasparilla Inn & Club starting in 1994 and stayed for […]

Profile Tom Haggerty

■ BY SUE ERWIN If you’re planning to attend a lunch or dinner event at The Gasparilla Inn & Club, trust that Tom Haggerty, the friendly sous chef in the kitchen, is working hard preparing some delicious items on the menu. Tom has been chef de cuisine at the establishment for the past four years. He works […]

Profile Brian Darna

■ BY SUE ERWIN Brian Darna remembers going fishing with his uncle, Capt. Babe Darna, many times when he was a teenager. He specifically recalls catching a 132-pound tarpon that took him more than 30 minutes to bring to the boat. “We used to come down in the summer and my dad would bring us […]

Profile Kelly Emery

■ BY SUE ERWIN Kelly Emery is a great person to know when you need to cool down, especially during the steamy days of September in Southwest Florida. Kelly is the change-out coordinator at Grande Aire in Boca Grande. If your air conditioning unit breaks and you call for help, your name and paperwork will most likely […]

Profile Mitch Smith

■ BY SUE ERWIN Mitch Smith recalls spending the summer months of his youth at day camp at the Boca Grande Community Center. His father, Myron, worked for a cleaning business on the island for many years. His mother, Janice, worked as a teacher in Charlotte County for many years and now works for the Department of […]

Profile: Karen Kelly

■ BY SUE ERWIN – Known for her smiling face and pleasant manner, Karen Kelley wears many hats at The Island School, where she has been employed since the school started back in 1999. Karen worked in the office that first school year, eventually leading her to other positions as a paraprofessional, creative arts and drama teacher, as […]

Profile: Laquanda Dixon

■ BY SUE ERWIN If you’ve visited the Boca Grande Health Clinic over the past few years, you’ve probably met Laquanda Dixon, the medical assistant at the health center. Laquanda has been working at the clinic for three years. Besides greeting and helping to care for patients, she also is the quality improvement coordinator. She was born […]

Profile Adair Newman

Adair Newman appreciates spending peaceful days in Boca Grande. She lives on the island with her daughter, Carol Stewart, and her son-in-law, Doug. Carol is a Broker/Associate at Michael Saunders Real Estate. Adair was born in Milwaukie, Oregon, just south of Portland. When she was 19, she signed up for a cadet nursing program that […]

Profile Elizabeth Burr

■ BY SUE ERWIN Elizabeth Burr has been a Realtor in the area for more than 15 years. She started out at the Michael Sanders Real Estate office in Englewood and then began working out of the Boca Grande office five years ago. “I usually split my time between here and Englewood,” she said. “Both of the […]