Profile Stephanie Sprinkle

■ BY SUE ERWIN Stephanie Sprinkle has been working as a cosmetologist at James Griffith Salon on the island for the past five years. She specializes in French hairstyles and is a master at applying airbrush makeup. “My favorite part of the job is getting to know my clients,” she said. “May and October are my busiest […]

Profile Beverly Furtado

■ BY SUE ERWIN Beverly Furtado was first introduced to Boca Grande 38 years ago, when she was vacationing with her late husband Jack. They were exploring the Florida Keys and the west side of the state. During their travels they looked at properties in Marco Island in 1979, and they ended up visiting some friends from […]

Profile: Brian Faro

■ BY SUE ERWIN Brian Faro has spent many summer days fishing with his friends near the pier at the north end of the island. He also remembers coming to the island to play softball games with Stuie Middleton, Charlie Coleman and others who grew up on this island and are now working here and in the […]

Profile: Leiah Goudy

■ BY SUE ERWIN Leiah Goudy enjoys spending her days overlooking the bayou at the Boca Grande Marina. She has been the manager at the ship store there for the past four years. Her earliest memories of Boca Grande include spending time at Uncle Henry’s Marina while her mom, Vicki Bergquist, worked as a waitress at the […]

Profile: Andy Charcut

■ BY SUE ERWIN Andy Charcut was living in Illinois in 2013, when his boss Steve Kaplin, offered him a job in Boca Grande. At the time, Steve owned Infotrack, a pre-employment screening company. Steve and his wife Jill were vacationing in Boca Grande when they noticed that an island convenience store was for sale. Intrigued by […]

Profile: Paul Wagenseil

■ BY SUE ERWIN Capt. Paul Wagenseil is quite familiar with tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass. Born and raised in Englewood, Paul started fishing when he was a kid. After receiving a kayak as a birthday present, he started exploring local creeks and canals, and his love of the sport grew from there. “I was raised […]

Profile: Kelsey Chavarria

■  BY SUE ERWIN Kelsey Chavarria has had an admiration for Boca Grande for as long as she can remember. She loves to surf, swim, skateboard, boat and fish. And since she’s been working as a patient representative at the Boca Grande Health Clinic, she’s able to spend even more time on the island. Her father, Manny, […]

Profile: Travis Joiner

■  BY SUE ERWIN If he isn’t taking a group of anglers out to fish, heading out crabbin’ with his family or serving as first mate for many well-known local captains, Travis Joiner is sure to be found on the water or somewhere close to it. This local fishing guide has been going out in his daddy’s […]

PROFILE: Kristie Gundzik

BY SUE ERWIN – If you’ve inquired about renting a place at the Boca Grande Club over the past few years, you’ve likely met Kristie Gundzik, assistant property manager at the club. Kristie was born in Rockledge, the oldest city in Brevard County. Both of her parents, Wayne and Denise, are retired federal government employees. Wayne […]

Profile: Roselle Agles

■  BY SUE ERWIN You might see her cruising around town in her pink golf cart or walking the beach with her giant white “polar bear,” a Samoyed canine name Sage. Roselle Agles makes her way around the island daily. When she isn’t busy working as a Realtor for Gulf Coast International Properties, you can find her […]