Profile: Ron Bogner

  BY SUE ERWIN – If you are a regular commuter to Boca Grande on the weekends, you’re sure to have met Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority toll worker Ron Bogner. Ron has been working the booths at the bridge since 2011. Originally from Yucca Valley California, a town just north of Palm Springs, Ron was […]

Profile: Zelma Otto

■ BY SUE ERWIN Ask a few Boca Grande native millennials if they know Zelma Otto, and they might respond with a smile as they reflect back on their years spent growing up on the island while she cared for them after school. Zelma was a babysitter on the island for several decades and watched […]

PROFILE: Pete Scott

BY SUE ERWIN – Pete Scott is a lucky island local who has experienced the good fortune of growing up in Boca Grande before the island grew to become an international tourist destination. After years of work experience both on and off the island in many different skill trades, he now spends six days every […]

Profile: Wesley Locke

■ BY SUE ERWIN You might find her dancing, choreographing a play, longboarding the island streets, catching a wave after a storm or taking care of business at the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce. Island locals are sure to recognize Wesley Locke’s vibrant and sparkling smile when they see her around town. One of the […]

Profile: Cannon Wenzel

BY SUE ERWIN – She’s exceptionally articulate, well educated and cool tempered. This week’s profile candidate, Englewood Bank Senior Teller Cannon Wenzel, found herself drawn to Boca Grande after vacationing here with her family. Cannon was born in Newtown, CT., a small rural town on the western side of the state about 75 miles north of […]

PROFILE: George Hammond

BY SUE ERWIN – If you’re planning a vacation but don’t feel like driving yourself to the airport, you may want to call the newest owner of Boca Grande Limousine, George Hammond. This trustworthy business owner and experienced driver will be sure to get you there safely. George moved here in 2002 from Massachusetts, where […]

Profile: Chris Thompson

■ BY SUE ERWIN There is a new face at The Island School this year, and she’ll be providing an important resource for students and their families this school year. , the new school counselor at the school, was born in Merton, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin in […]

Profile: Dean Laux

BY SUE ERWIN – When you meet a man who’s been an educator, author, served our country, owned several businesses, defeated cancer and continues to spend several hours each week volunteering at a local hospital … you realize you’re fortunate to know him. This week’s profile candidate is the Boca Beacon’s newest proofreader – yes, proofreader […]

Profile: Bill Pavia

■ BY SUE ERWIN Boca Grande bridge tender and toll worker Bill Pavia led quite an interesting life before deciding to make the move from Massachusetts to Florida four years ago. He grew up in Milford, Mass. with three brothers and three sisters. Attending parochial school in an Italian Catholic neighborhood, he recalls that everyone […]


  BY SUE ERWIN – There’s a new doctor in the house at the Boca Grande Health Clinic. Lauren Hana, M.D., officially began seeing patients on July 11 at the Boca Grande locale and is now a full-time physician on staff, serving patients along with Dr. Jeff Humbarger and Dr. Tom Ervin. Lauren grew up […]