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PROFILE: Capt. Waylon Mills

May 25, 2018
BY SUE ERWIN – When it comes to catching tarpon, some credit experience as the key. Others claim luck. Many say it’s most likely a combination of the two. Whatever it is, Capt. Waylon Mills has got…

Profile: Dixie Hollins

May 18, 2018
■ BY SUE ERWIN Dixie Hollins has been fishing in Boca Grande since he was 12 years old. “My father brought me fishing here before the bridge was built, and we took the ferry over,” he said. “He tol…

Profile: John Gibson

May 11, 2018
■ BY SUE ERWIN Boca Bay resident John Gibson started coming to the island in the 1980s, when the fish camp owned by CSX Railroad brought executives and locals together to catch their dinner. John’s…

Profile: Josh Freeman

May 3, 2018
BY SUE ERWIN – Josh Freeman was born and raised in Boca Grande. He started working at PJ’s Seagrille as a busboy when he was 14 years old. Since then, he’s learned just about everything there is to…

PROFILE: Carolyn Gumula

April 27, 2018
BY SUE ERWIN – If you’ve spent time at the Boca Bay Pass Club over the past 25 years or so, you’d surely recognize the kind face of Carolyn Gumula. Carolyn has worked in the tennis shop at the Club…

Profile Bill Whitney

April 20, 2018
■ BY SUE ERWIN Bill Whitney has always been interested in the rhythm and beat of the drums. For the past five years, he’s been the drummer/percussionist for the Royal Palm Players. Bill became invo…

Profile Dr. Raymond James

April 13, 2018
■ BY SUE ERWIN Dr. Raymond James has been serving patients in the area for more than two decades, and since March he’s been treating patients at the Boca Grande Health Clinic. He officially started…

Profile Lynda Grant

April 6, 2018
■ BY SUE ERWIN You may have recently seen her on stage playing a lead part in the Royal Palm Players production of “Don’t Drink the Water,” but if you didn’t catch it, you’re sure to see Lynda Gran…

Profile: James Clark Dieffenderfer

March 30, 2018
■ BY SUE ERWIN When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Second Lieutenant Jim Dieffenderfer was a student in the U.S. Army Air Corps Flying Training Program. Jim is the father of …

Profile Jim Runde

March 23, 2018
■ BY SUE ERWIN Boca Grande resident and expert banker Jim Runde shared his knowledge of trade and tariffs at the 2018 Economic Summit that took place on the island in February. He was part of a pan…