PROFILE: Gay Weisenthal

■ BY SUE ERWIN After decades of searching for shells on the beaches and at the sandbar in Boca Grande, Gay Weisenthal finally found one that she’s been coveting for years: the junonia. Scaphella junonia, or Juno’s volute, is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Volutidae. This species […]

Profile: Richard Anderson – Southwest Florida advocate

■ BY SUE ERWIN Richard Anderson spent a considerable amount of time in Boca Grande beginning in 1988, when he worked as a planner for Lee County. When he first arrived on the island, he met Robert Johnson, the harbor pilot for Boca Grande. “That was back when Florida Power and Light used to be […]

Profile: Capt. Leighton Ingram

■ BY SUE ERWIN It’s difficult to pinpoint a “hometown” when talking with local fishing Capt. Leighton Ingram about his childhood, but if he had to choose a place where his roots were firmly planted, it would be Boca Grande. His father, Robert Leighton Ingram, was a corporate fishing charter captain, so the family lived […]

Profile: Justin Davis

■ BY SUE ERWIN Justin Davis didn’t know Boca Grande existed until he helped a friend move to the island 21 years ago. A college student at an Indiana community college at the time, he and his childhood friend drove 24 hours straight and landed in the front of The Temptation around 2 a.m. on […]

Profile: Robb Topp

■ BY SUE ERWIN      If you are looking to get in better shape or perhaps improve your golf game, you will want to meet this week’s profile candidate, Robert Topp. Robb, 26, is a certified personal trainer at Banyan Tree Pilates and Yoga on the island, owned by Chris and Heather McGill. He […]

Profile: Adrian Moghina

■ BY SUE ERWIN If you love the game of tennis, you’ll enjoy reading about this week’s profile candidate. Adrian Moghina has been the new head tennis pro at the Boca Grande Club since October. With a sincere passion for and dedication to the sport, he has developed tennis programs in Arizona, California, Nantucket, Mass. […]

Profile: Betty Hill

■ BY SUE ERWIN – Betty Hill distinctly remembers arriving in Boca Grande for the first time in 1955. It was a time when there was, quite literally, nothing here with the exception of about 125 people and a bare-bones infrastructure of a town. She recalls that in the 1950s there was the post office, a […]

Profile: Alan Lenard

■ BY SUE ERWIN Creating ice-cold concoctions daily and always serving them with a smile, this week’s profile candidate is Alan Lenard, the newest bartender in town. He started working at The Temp in March, and he already knows many of the locals by name and anticipates their favorite drink orders the moment he sees […]

Profile: Dr. Bill Heisel

■ BY SUE ERWIN      Dr. Bill Heisel’s home art studio in Boca Grande is filled with colorful oil paintings that line the walls of the room, while white canvases sitting on easels wait for fresh new paint to give them life. Heisel has been painting for about eight years. Never previously having an […]

Profile: David O’Connell

BY SUSAN ERWIN – Orthopedic body worker and Therapist David O’Connell has been healing island residents at Park Avenue Massage and Bodyworks since November. And it’s an interesting story how his path led him to Boca Grande. David is originally from Brighton, Massachusetts. He excelled in track and field during high school. But after experiencing several […]