Bob Melvin will say Boca Grande has not changed much since he first laid eyes on the village in the late 1970s. "That's why it's so special," he said. "It hasn't had the development of Siesta Key, Marco Island, even Sanibel. "There are less than 2,500 properties. It's more laid back - and that's the beauty of it."
In 1984, Bob decided to make Boca Grande his home. Beginning with the Boca Grande Club (10 yrs) and then in general real estate with Gulf to Bay Properties (5) where he helped lead the fledgling company to the top producing sales agency on Island. Bob’s reputation as the top area Realtor allowed him to establish Gasparilla Properties (1999). In 2013 Bob joined the Premier Boutique Brokerage, Gulf Coast International Properties and runs the Boca Grande office, located on the premier corner in Boca Grande where Bob has been since building this office. Bob belongs to a very exclusive club, The Billionaires Club, (LuxuryRealEstate.com) recognizing Realtors that have sold more than a Billion dollars in Real Estate!
Bob has been an elected board supervisor for the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, board member of the Boca Grande Child Care Center, Chairman of the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association - Bike Path Committee, a member of the Fire Department, Gasparilla Inn & Club, Coral Creek Club, Lemon Bay Conservancy, as well as the Placida Rotary Club. Bob is currently a Board Member of the Englewood Community Hospital and a Founding Board Member of Englewood Community Care “Free” Clinic. “I love to give back to the community and helping people - you have to remember the community that helped you become successful.” Bob has owned numerous properties in Boca Grande, Placida, Englewood, and is proud to call Southwest Florida home.
Bob and his wife Addy have 4 children: Michael (Kerri), Shawn, Erika and Kristina with 3 grandsons, Logan, Ashton and Ian.