PROFILE: Phil Hubbard

BY OLIVIA CAMERON – family, business, sports and nonprofit work in a partnership capacity was a way of life for Phil Hubbard long before he and his wife Patsy began to winter in Boca Grande.Growing up in a middle-class family in Fairfi eld, Connecticut, sports were a huge part of his life. His interest in […]

PROFILE: Deputy April Tomyn

BY OLIVIA CAMERON If you thought the flare of the island would stop with the cops, think again. When a certain squad car rolls by the Loose Caboose, you can see the glitter of a pink steering wheel cover.  Deputy April Tomyn is Boca Grande’s very first female sheriff of the Lee County Sheriffs. With […]

PROFILE: Whitty Ransome

BY SUSAN ERWIN Boca Grande resident Whitney “Whitty” Ransome has dedicated a good portion of her professional career to helping motivate young women to realize their potential and recognize their strengths. She co-founded the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools in 1991, started a program in Baltimore to serve underprivileged girls, and even though she is […]

PROFILE: Pauline Lord

BY MARY BESS – It’s a problem most of us would like to have but, despite what Mae West says, too much of a good thing is not necessarily … wonderful. “There are pitfalls of having too much money, but you can find happiness despite it,” says Pauline Lord in a counterintuitive take on the […]

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 […]

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 […]