Profiles


SPOTLIGHT: Ken Fortney – 97 and still working at The Inn golf shop

June 24, 2022
Responsibility is something Ken Fortney learned from a young age … and has never shirked from. He will be 97 next month and he is still working. Ken is that wise golfer you see in The Gasparilla…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Elaine Williams retires after delivering your newspapers for 26 years

June 17, 2022
Elaine Williams probably woke up around 1:30 a.m. this morning, but, unlike a week or so ago, today she could roll over and go back to sleep. Elaine is now retired. Her role as the iconic newspape…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Boca Grande – for many, it’s a way of life, not a location

June 10, 2022
By Emerson Wickwire Emerson Wickwire and his wife Barbara have been Boca Grande residents for more than 25 years. These are his thoughts about what it has been like to watch the changes that ha…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jerry and Chrissy take on the Continental Divide

June 2, 2022
When most people retire, their plans tend toward leisure and comfort. Most people, though, are not married to someone like Chrissy Taylor. Chrissy is a life-long runner and outdoor enthusiast, and…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

May 13, 2022
Bob Hay and amazing memories of Studio 54 Studio 54 had been open for several months. JA, our friend and classmate from Brown, had gone from the get-go, during its pre-liquor license days wh…

PROFILE: Deputy Nicholas Garber

May 5, 2022
The commitment to protect and serve is deep in the soul of most people who choose law enforcement as a career. The newest sheriff’s deputy to protect and serve the people of Boca Grande is no exce…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Gina Thomsen

April 29, 2022
Humans, birds, manatees, dolphins … she helps them all Gina Thomsen has a passion for life…the life of every creature she encounters. Thomsen is sometimes known as “the bird lady,” but she …

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Pastor Matthew Williams

April 21, 2022
It was 10:30 p.m. and the end of a long day of moving for Matthew Williams, the new pastor at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Boca Grande. He was grimy and exhausted. He sat on the steps…

PROFILE: Jorge Matos

April 14, 2022
A rest well deserved after a career well done  …  The municipality of Sabana Grande is located in the western coastal valleys of Puerto Rico some 1,144 miles from Boca Grande. This …

PROFILE: Betsy Fugate Joiner

March 31, 2022
Betsy Fugate Joiner is a walking, talking slice of Boca Grande history. Betsy is Boca Grande royalty, bearing two of the most recognizable Boca Grande names, Fugate and Joiner. “My grandfather,…