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 […]

Profile: Nancy Jo Powers

Local Nancy Jo Powers, who now goes by Jo Powers, may be recognizable to avid fans of Island TV, the program that sheds light on public service announcements and provides coverage of local events. When Jo decided to reinvent herself, Boca Grande was the perfect fit. After growing up in Dover, New Hampshire, Jo attended […]

PROFILE: Cappy Powell

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – Boca Grande resident Cappy Powell is the newest member of the Johann Fust Community Library program committee. From NCAA legislation service to community contribution, Cappy continues to carry out her passions. After spending her childhood in Richmond, Virginia, Cappy studied political science at the Mary Baldwin University. She then went on […]

PROFILE: John Edwardson

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association board member John Edwardson came to Boca Grande as a jack of all trades. The former business leader also volunteers for The Island School’s million-dollar shootout.  John spent a majority of his childhood in small Indiana and Southern Illinois towns. In 1971, he received his bachelor […]

PROFILE: Karen Snyder

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – Stage lights and scripts are familiar to Royal Palm Players’ actress Karen Snyder, who enjoys taking part in the entertainment aspect of Boca Grande. Before ever wintering on the island, Karen grew up in Rocky River, Ohio. “As a kid I was always performing little skits for the family,” said Karen. […]

PROFILE: Skip Branin

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – Francis ‘Skip’ Branin has dedicated his work to preserving financial stability within the community of Boca Grande. His skillset has allowed him to monitor the funding for island organizations. Before he was ever wintering on Gasparilla Island, Skip grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey, and now spends summers at the “Jersey Shore.” […]

PROFILE: Gretchen Holla

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – Boca Grande’s Englewood Bank has just hired a new manager to keep their tellers in good hands. Gretchen Holla has been in the banking business since her career history began and she is now part of the island crew. However, her managerial title didn’t fall out of the sky. Gretchen joined […]