Profile: Bob Vorel

■ BY SUE ERWIN      Bob Vorel managed several successful career endeavors before choosing to settle down in Boca Grande. He and his wife, Annie, came to the island by boat 10 years ago. They purchased a tug trawler in Milwaukee and navigated up through Canada and Lake Ontario, travelling on several canals that […]

PROFILE: Tabitha Jordan ■ By Sue Erwin

■ BY SUE ERWIN Tabitha Jordan realized at a very young age that she wanted to spend her future spreading the spiritual word and teaching children to lead a life filled with faith. The young minister to youth and families began sharing her skills with the people of the Lighthouse Methodist Church in Boca Grande […]

PROFILE: Jim Benson

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE & JIM BENSON Jim Benson may be a young man, but his passion for life and his work ethic run deep. That’s not to say he’s a guy who can’t have a good time – he definitely can – but he has proven to be one of the most up-and-coming real […]

PROFILE: Garry Carley

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN    Boca Grande part-time resident Garry Carley is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and while he enjoys the peaceful island life here, he also has a sincere passion for the revitalization of his hometown. He currently serves as Chairman of Detroit Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. Carley met his wife, Nancy, while […]

A designer of rare and unique treasure

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN Meredith Haws Bolasco spends many of her days creating beautiful, exotic pieces of wearable art. Her jewelry designs often include rare treasures found in an exotic locale, such as ancient Greek and Roman coins, Byzantine bronze crosses and French medallions. She will be the featured artist at Island Art Days this […]

PROFILE: Carol Miller

Many locals who have shopped for ladies’ clothing on the island for the past two decades may be familiar with this week’s profile candidate. Seasonal resident Carol Miller first started working in Boca Grande 20 years ago at Miller’s Marina, where she managed the Osprey Boutique for eight years. “We stayed really busy – we […]

PROFILE: Linda Wolcott

■ By Susan Erwin Island artist Linda Wolcott remembers what it was like at a very young age to come for the first time to visit Boca Grande. She arrived on the island via train with her parents and her two older sisters when she was just four years old. “I remember holding my mother’s […]

PROFILE: Gabrielle Brady

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN Gasparilla Inn Club Spa & Fitness Manager Gabrielle Brady started working at the gift shop at the Inn in 2010. Since then, she has held various positions at the club and was promoted to her present position last October. Originally from Englewood, New Jersey, she relocated to Englewood, Florida with her […]

PROFILE: Toni Wolcott

BY SUE ERWIN – Island artist Toni Wolcott is originally from West Harftord, Connecticut. She started coming to Boca Grande in the 1970s. “At first, I came down to visit my mother because she lived here, and I liked it so much so I started renting a place every year. Then I bought my house […]

Art for Dudes workshop offered

BY SUE ERWIN – Local artist Jack Horner will be teaching a class called “Watercolor for Dudes” beginning on Monday, Feb. 29. The class for “dudes” will take place on Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 29, March 1 and March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is conducted in watercolor, as it is […]