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 Dates is Steve's daughter. She got married October 23, 2010 (sorry, guys) on Boca Grande Island in Florida, where she grew up. As a High School Senior she went to the State Tournament in Weight Lifting and finished fifth in the Miss Florida Teen Contest. She did an internship at the United States Olympic Committee, and graduated from college first in her class. Presently she owns and operates a youth, yoga business called Story and Stretch Narrative Yoga for Kids. Her husband, C.J. Dates, is the youth leader at Palm Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She caught her first fish at 1 year 364 days, won her first bass tournament (for ages up to 16) at age 5, won the Alabama State Casting Kids Championship at age 10, and drove the Crew boat while at Jacksonville University to a second place finish at the National Championship in Philadelphia. She shot the buffalo mounted on the wall in the Lodge and can usually break 90+ skeet shooting (but has never beaten her dad). She and her husband C.J. 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 Englewood, 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 is restoring a Ranger Bass Boat. 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.