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Profile: David O’Connell

May 6, 2016
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 p…

Profile: Bob Vorel

April 29, 2016
■ 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 purcha…

PROFILE: Tabitha Jordan ■ By Sue Erwin

April 22, 2016
■ 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 ministe…

PROFILE: Jim Benson

April 15, 2016
■ 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…

PROFILE: Garry Carley

April 8, 2016
■ 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 revitaliza…

A designer of rare and unique treasure

April 1, 2016
■ 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…

PROFILE: Carol Miller

March 25, 2016
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 …

PROFILE: Linda Wolcott

March 18, 2016
■ 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…

PROFILE: Gabrielle Brady

March 11, 2016
■ 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 pr…

PROFILE: Toni Wolcott

March 4, 2016
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…