PROFILE: Dr. Bruce Rougraff

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Bruce Rougraff is a self-proclaimed beach bum from way back. When he was a child, living in Houston, his family would head to the Galveston Bay beach almost every weekend, and some of his fondest memories are of those trips. Those memories, and those of going to the beaches of Southwest […]

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PROFILE: John Paul Turner

BY SUE ERWIN – John Paul Turner may have been born in Sarasota, but he’s a true Boca Grande local. “I think as soon as I could leave the hospital we were headed toward the bridges back to the island,” John Paul said. He was one of the first students to attend kindergarten through fifth grade […]

PROFILE: David Sparks

BY SUE ERWIN – Island author David Sparks knows a thing or two about political science, congressional campaigns and writing novels that amuse young adults. In 2018, David wrote a book called “Burying Pinkie Pie,” a story about a teenager who is dealing with the antics of life in a setting similar to Boca Grande. The […]

PROFILE: ‘Taste’ Chefs, part 3

STAFF REPORT – This week’s profile is the last in the introduction to the chefs behind “The Taste of Boca Grande,” in the weeks leading up to the event on Monday, Feb. 3 at the Boca Bay Pass Club. See the previous two weeks’ Boca Beacons to see the profiles for the other ‘Taste’ chefs […]

PROFILE: ‘Taste’ Chefs, Part II

This week’s profile may seem a bit confusing on first perusal, but there is a method to our madness. We want to introduce you to the chefs behind “The Taste of Boca Grande,” a few at a time, in the weeks leading up to the event on February 3 at the Boca Bay Pass Club. […]

Profile: ‘Taste’ Chefs, part 1

■ STAFF REPORT This week’s profile may seem a bit confusing on first perusal, but there is a method to our madness. We want to introduce you to the chefs behind “The Taste of Boca Grande,” a few at a time, in the weeks leading up to the event on February 3 at the Boca […]

Profile: Joshua Gold

■ BY SUE ERWIN New York City Broadway Director Joshua Gold will be directing the Royal Palm Players’ musical “Nunsense” this upcoming spring. Several performances are planned for March. Originally from New York City, Josh’s parents moved to the Tampa Bay area, where he spent his formative years and completed high school. He earned his bachelor […]

Profile: John Mannion

■ BY SUE ERWIN John Mannion is a fitness trainer whose goal is to help people in Boca Grande gain strength and stability to avoid the risk of injury. He currently teaches a “Sit and Get Fit” class three days per week at the Boca Grande Community Center. The courses are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and […]

Profile: Rebecca DeRosa

■ BY SUE ERWIN Rebecca DeRosa has been keeping busy helping out with charity events this holiday season. She recently led a fundraiser for Boca Grande’s Lighthouse United Methodist Church. More than 100 boxes of school supplies, holiday goodies and other surprises were collected at the church and transported by Becca to Kids’ Needs in Englewood, […]

Profile: Candy Sasser

■ BY SUE ERWIN Boca Grande Woman’s Club member Candy Sasser understands that Boca Bargains is truly a treasure hunt for shoppers. If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, you still have tomorrow, Dec. 21 and Monday, Dec. 23 to find something special on the island without having to combat the crowds in area stores. […]