PROFILE: Hermila Perreault

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – From a Catholic upbringing to administrative assistant at a Methodist church, Hermila Perreault has found a job in Boca Grande that, in her own words, is “very rewarding, because it revolves around helping others.” “Growing up in Colombia as the youngest of seven children, I was the little girl of the family who was […]

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PROFILE: Kerri Jacobs

Behind the strong woman are three boys cheering her on… BY OLIVIA CAMERON-As a mother of three boys and a co-owner of an eye-catching new café, Kerri Jacobs barely has enough time to stop and smell the coffee. However, her integrity has taken her further than she envisioned. Kerri was born and raised right here […]

PROFILE: Katie Koher

Keeping the business afloat from behind the scenes…  BY OLIVIA CAMERON- The co-owner of Glass Bottom Rentals, where locals and visitors alike can voyage out past Boca Grande’s sandbar, might not be able to keep up with her husband and his love for adventure. However, Katie Koher isn’t lost at sea when it comes to […]

PROFILE: Mary Keene

From friends to football, she cherishes the little things in between… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Mary Keene has served the community of Boca Grande with patience and dedication over the past 36 years. This Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan scored a touchdown when she found Boca Grande. Mary cherished her childhood in a Giants household in Dix […]

PROFILE: Eliot Vestner

A passion for learning drives him to write… BY MARCY SHORTUSE- When having a conversation with Eliot Vestner, one of the first things you notice is the quiet assertiveness in his voice and a gentle demeanor. Within minutes you realize this is a man who is much more comfortable talking about anything but himself. For […]

PROFILE: Tim Banfell

Life imitates art, but cartoonists draw what they see… BY OLIVIA CAMERON-Page five always comes with a splash of color, talking sharks, a peg-leg captain, tourist shenanigans or all of the above. Life imitates art in Tim Banfell’s comic strips. Cartoonist Tim may be known for his classic comics in our own newspaper, but some […]

PROFILE: Melissa Csank

BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Local realtor Melissa Csank has found the perfect blend between homes and history while listing local houses and serving on the board of the Boca Grande Historical Society. However, Melissa was not always a real estate agent with an interest in historic homes.  Melissa grew up surrounded by the rolling “Sound of […]

PROFILE: Courtney Clark

For her, happiness is a well-planned event… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Florida girl Courtney Clark is familiar with Boca Grande’s beaches. After spending most of her childhood in Southwest Florida, she’s devoted her time to local event planning.  Courtney was born in the town of Center Moriches, in Long Island, N.Y. and lived there until the […]

PROFILE: Daniel O’Connell

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – Local resident Daniel O’Connell has enjoyed spending his retirement on the bustling beaches of Boca Grande. The former law representative now serves the Barrier Island Parks Society as their current president. Born in Newark, Daniel spent his childhood in the small community of Summit, New Jersey. He studied accounting and earned […]

PROFILE: Gina McFadden

STAFF REPORT – Boca Grande resident Gina McFadden is the Vice President of the Boca Grande Art Center Board of Directors and also the Chair of their Membership Committee. She was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York and graduated from high school in Rye, New York. Gina graduated from Barat College in Lake […]