PROFILE: Rick Montgomery

Salmon always return to the same river where they were hatched. It doesn’t matter if you pick them up and move them to a different location, they will eventually come back to their river home. Rick Montgomery is like a salmon. After attending the Ringling College in Sarasota, Rick was hired by the Walt Disney […]

PROFILE: Matt Gutman

Matt Gutman misses the fall northern weather, loves the Finger Lakes, and is suspicious of alligators. He’s also the newest member of the Boca Beacon family. “I think it’s fall that I miss the most. In Ithaca, there are a lot of waterfalls and a lot of people that go swimming in the lake. I […]

PROFILE: Jim Brown

Jim Brown is our local Boca Grande Arrow Pest Control man, a Vietnam Veteran, proud husband and father, and a passionate breeder of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. You can also add to that list that he’s one heck of a storyteller. Jim and his wife Karen have been raising Chesapeakes since 1998. While they love all […]

PROFILE: Peter Powell

Buzz Aldrin said, “Timing has always been a key element in my life. I have been blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.” Some people have been blessed with the gift of good timing. Peter Powell is one of those people. A good example is the story of how he […]

PROFILE: Sarah McDonald

Sitting in the middle of Sarah McDonald’s coffee table is a fascinating turtle sculpture, carved to look as if it was emerging from the water. One cheerio was also sitting on the table, placed carefully under its mouth. “Don’t touch the cheerio,” said Sarah with a laugh. “My grandchild left it there and I just […]

PROFILE: Capt. Tater Spinks

Mary calls him “My Salty Dog Redneck Fisherman.” It’s an affectionate nickname that only a wife could get away with calling a husband of 40 years. That fisherman is John “Tater Spinks, better known as “Captain Tater.” Colorful nicknames started young for John when a couple of his older sisters started to call him Tater. […]

PROFILE: Laquanda Dixon

On a sunny August morning in Boca Grande Laquanda Dixon took a short break to sit out by the fountain and answer a few questions about her work at the Boca Grande Health Clinic, her ties to the island, and even a debate about a “q.” “Laquanda is spelled with a lowercase ‘Q,’ even though […]

PROFILE: Karen Harrison-Trent

Karen Harrison-Trent was born and raised in Jamaica and is familiar with island life. “I’m from Jamaica, so yes, Boca Grande reminded me of my Jamaican home, with the island feeling and the ocean. When I’m here in Boca Grande, I feel like I’m at home.” Karen Harrison-Trent joined the Boca Grande Health Clinic team […]

PROFILE: Natalie Cole

The newest member of the Boca Grande Health Clinic team is Natalie Cole. The conversation started something like, “Wow! Natalie Cole, like the singer?” “No relation,” she quickly replied with a deadpanned smile. Apparently, that wasn’t the first time she’s been asked that question. Natalie might not be a famous singer or the daughter of […]

Profile: Capt. Chad Bombenger

The first Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle was given out the year after he passed away, in 1993. The buckle is engraved with an eagle, which represents the best fisherman nature has to offer, and a ruby, Jay’s birthstone.