Profile: Sharon Payne

■ BY SUE ERWIN Delaware native Sharon Payne never heard of Boca Grande before 2011, and if it wasn’t for her husband, John, acting on an impulse she might have never found it. Sharon is currently a real estate leasing agent at Michael Saunders on the island. She met John in Texas at a church […]

Profile: Kim Hume

■ BY SUE ERWIN.     After working for more than 25 years in the television broadcast news industry, Boca Grande seasonal resident Kim Hume decided in 2007 that it was time to enjoy retirement. Kim is the former vice president and Washington, D.C. bureau chief for FOX News Channel, also known as FNC. She […]

Profile: Carol Napoli

■ BY SUE ERWIN.     Retired licensed professional counselor Carol Napoli has been coming to Boca Grande seasonally for the past 20 years. Carol spent 18 years of her career in the Washington, DC area sharing her expertise on suicide and the effects it has on family and friends. It is her wish to […]

Profile: Tara Clark

Tara Clark, sales associate at The Palm on Park, a Lilly Pulitzer signature store, has lived quite an adventurous life during the past decade.      Tara, 30, was born in Jackson, New Jersey. Her parents met in St. Croix, and they relocated to New Jersey when her dad transferred to a new position for […]

Profile: Candice Shy Hooper

■ BY SUE ERWIN     Island author Candice Shy Hooper was born in Agana, Guam. Her father served in the Navy, and her mother was a military wife. As a child, she lived on Saipan, and she moved around a lot depending on where her dad was stationed. Candice moved to the Washington, D.C. […]


BY SUE ERWIN – Hilja Bilodeau has been keeping very busy as CEO of the Boca Grande Health Clinic since last summer. She officially started the job on August 1, replacing former CEO Jon Sielert. Her duties include overseeing all of the operations at the clinic on a day-to-day basis. “My responsibilities include making sure […]

Profile: Sierra Cunningham

■ BY SUE ERWIN      Sierra Cunningham has been helping people on the island look their best for the past nine years. She’s a full-time hair stylist at James Griffith Salon at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club, and if you’ve ever been a client of hers you understand right away how much she loves […]

Profile: Penny Lach

■ BY SUE ERWIN      If you’ve been browsing through the beautiful items at Ariel, Ltd. on the island recently, you were very likely greeted by sales associate Penny Lach. Penny is the oldest daughter of Lori and Ike, of Redfield, Ala. Her family moved to Florida when she was in second grade. Her […]

Profile: Jeff Simmons

■ BY SUE ERWIN      Jeff Simmons has spent 25 years working about every position at “The Temp” restaurant and bar on the island. He started out as a busboy in 1991 and is currently a partner/owner of the establishment. “I had a friend who was a chef at the restaurant, and he mentioned […]

Profile: Jonna Foos

■ BY SUE ERWIN      If you’ve stopped into the Boca Grande Health Clinic over the past couple of years, it’s very likely you were greeted with a smile by Jonna Foos. Jonna has been a patient representative at the clinic for almost two years. Originally from La Porte, Indiana, Jonna grew up and […]