PROFILE: Leigh Chessher

BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Boca Blooms has made room for an additional member to join their team. Although she found herself switching roles, she’s happy to get to know the town from inside a quaint shop. Having only worked on the island for two months, Leigh Chessher has fallen for its charm.

PROFILE: Peter Strong

He’s not afraid of a challenge… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Engineer Peter Strong recently announced his retirement from the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority as chairman of the engineering committee, and he will be sorely missed. He passed his role as engineering chairman to board member Randy Hicks, but he plans to remain a mentor.

PROFILE: Michael McClure

Critically-acclaimed crab cakes and butter never hurt… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Chef Michael McClure is a local culinary creator with the taste buds for perfecting homemade mango salsa and making guests at dinner parties go back for seconds. When Michael found himself teaching cooking classes alongside Paula Deen and Ming Tsai, he found that a little […]

PROFILE: Annette Adams

She has a knack for being a healer… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Banyan Tree Pilates and Yoga has recruited a new massage therapist to join in on body and mind healing. Annette Adams shared what it’s like to learn the power of energy healing and the importance of letting your body heal itself.

PROFILE: Khoreen Vetter

An environmentalist, an adventure seeker… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Nature enthusiast Khoreen Vetter has been welcomed to the island by Lee County Parks and Recreation as a new specialist and camp counselor. Her position has joined her passion for conservation and her enthusiasm to make a lasting impression on younger generations.

PROFILE: Lisa Ianita and Paula Marum of Sisters’!

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- What makes Boca Grande unique isn’t just the paradise appeal or the proximity of the beach. It’s the people. Each story told is one piece of the island puzzle. But it takes two to open a restaurant called Sisters.

PROFILE: Alyssa Brocker

Service with a smile at The Inn Bakery… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- For many people in Boca Grande, a steaming latte and a glazed donut might be just a pit stop along the way. But for The Inn Bakery’s Alyssa Brocker, it’s a fun job as she hands over the coffee and pastries with a smile […]

PROFILE: Kathy Peters

When it comes to Boca Grande, she enjoys the whole enchilada…  BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Kathy Peters, coordinator of family ministries at the Boca Grande Lighthouse United Methodist Church, describes her work as nothing short of a natural calling. As a Michigan, Ohio and New York transplant, she’s taken her first few months in Southwest Florida as a […]

PROFILE: Kathy Abraham

Love is the main ingredient of her recipes… BY OLIVIA CAMERON- Nothing evokes the beginning of a season here on Gasparilla Island quite like the thought of sweets and pastries. From cakes to cheesecakes to cake pops, local bake master and certified medical assistant Kathy Abraham brings her baked goods for her coworkers at the […]

PROFILE: Olivia Cameron

STAFF REPORT – Since the time she was taught how to write expository material and fiction, Olivia Cameron has been scraping characters together and creating stories for her family and friends to enjoy. While her mother was applying her makeup, Olivia would sit on the bathroom floor, chewing on a wad of watermelon-flavored gum and reading […]