The Gribble family began fishing Marion Lake and staying at Cozy Cove Resort in the mid-fifties. Gramps, J.S. Gribble, Grandma Mae and Steve began the love affair with Cozy Cove about 1955. Steve's parents, Gayle and Eileen, have fished Marion Lake several years, as have his sisters Jan and Tiffany. Finally, Steve's daughter, Michel Le, and son, Kyle, and grandson, Jayden, have fished Marion Lake. That's five generations who have cleaned fish in the fish house. Joy, born September 9, 2014 hasn't, yet.
It was a shock to the family when Steve bought the Resort. He practices law in North Port, Florida. However, he has always fished. He has owned a charter fishing business in the Florida Keys, tournament fished for five years, including BASS, and has won the State of Florida Buddy Bass Championship. He has caught Blue Marlin, Shark, Bluegills and Bullheads - and most everything in between. Yes, he has fish stories.
The lady that calls the shots is Lynn Gribble. Her last name became Gribble September 10, 2005 at Cozy Cove's first beautiful lake-side wedding. Lynn has bartended in Key West for fifteen years and New Orleans for five years. Yes, she has stories too. Being a family resort experience, Lynn will know the new kids names immediately and enjoys helping entertain them on rainy days. Her favorite weeks are when we entertain many child guests. When she gets time for fishing, she is a member of the Marion Lake Grand Slam Club, which requires one of every type of fish (9) that swims in the Lake, in a single day. This year she wants to start using a baitcaster, so we will be stocking an extra supply of fishing line.
Michel Le Gribble Dates is Steve's daughter. In college she did her internship for Sports Management at the United States Olympic Committee, won the Silver Medal at the National Championship for College Crew (she drove, the boys rowed), finished first in her college class and attained a Masters Degree in Education. She teaches yoga at teaching conferences nationwide. She wrote and published "Story and Stretch," a guide to teach yoga to children. She plans to publish two more books in 2018. Presently she is a Health Coach, teaching a 10 week course entitled Fruitful Living. Ask Steve how to sign up. She and her husband, C.J. Dates are proud parents of Jayden and Joy.
Kyle Gribble is Steve's son. Recently he completed a tour in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Unit from Fort Bragg, North Carolina and has finished his active duty in the Army. Now living in Port Charlotte, Florida, he travels the State working as an underground land surveyor. During his travels he serious Bass fishes. When at home, he shark fishes, spearfishes, hunts wild boar and deer. He has owned several sailboats and presently runs a 21 ft Ranger Bass Boat with a 300 Hp Yamaha. He needs to get his Captain's License (and guide on Marion Lake). He is one of the best local surfers. He caught his first fish at 1 year 364 days, was an all-star shortstop and pitcher at several levels of Little League, won his first bass tournament (for ages up to 5) at age 3, while finishing second in the casting event for ages up to 16. He shot his first pheasant, on the fly with a 410 shotgun, at age 8. He can usually break 90+ skeet shooting (but has never beaten his dad). Ask him to take you purse fishing.