Beth Eaton

Beth Eaton-Cafarelli Joins Water Pointe Realty Group

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to introduce Beth Eaton-Cafarelli as a new Realtor® to the firm.

Beth has lived, worked, and raised her family here since 1982. She is an area expert on healthcare having worked with the local healthcare system since 1984.

Beth brings her strong business acumen to Water Pointe Realty Group with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and excels at structuring deals between clients and respective buyers/sellers. Having multiple certifications in quality and process improvement, she has the ability to identify problems and structure solutions that result in a successful transaction.

Beth also holds expertise in professional guardianship services. Prior to obtaining the Professional Guardian designation, she has always been an advocate for the elderly including preparing their real estate for sale and liquidating their personal property.

Her extensive community involvement includes LEADERship Martin County Class 15, past board chair of Hibiscus Children’s Center, foster parenting, White Doves Christmas Project, and Treasure Coast Food Bank meal packaging.

Beth is based from the Hutchinson Island office located at 660 NE Ocean Boulevard. She can be reached directly by calling 772-285-3006 or emailing BEaton@WaterPointe.com

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Chari Miles and Mindi Paruta Join Water Pointe Realty Group

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to welcome Chari Miles and Mindi Paruta as its newest agents!

Chari has teamed up with her daughter, Mindi, to form the team “Family for Families”. Together they bring a high level of professionalism to Water Pointe with over 35 years of knowledge in Florida real estate and go above and beyond for their clients. They are looking forward to serving clients along the Treasure Coast and beyond!

“We love what we do every day. We are excited to speak with you and help you with all your real estate needs,” they said.

About Chari Miles

No matter what your needs consist of, you can count on a seasoned real estate professional like Chari Miles who lives, works, boats, and plays here too! Since 1989, she has been the go-to Realtor® in her area. Whether you’re looking to buy something new or sell your current home along the Treasure Coast, Chari utilizes her experience and network of resources for every client she takes on. From the first time you reach out, you’ll find that she goes above and beyond in assisting you in your search.

Chari’s real estate practice of over 30 years includes managing a highly productive real estate office of over 40 agents for five years. When she wasn’t managing, she was named the number one agent of that office multiple times.

Living on the water, her knowledge of the area goes beyond the sand. Chari enjoys boating and touring homes by water as often as possible with her husband and puppy. Her expertise in this growing & ever-changing market means constantly educating herself in new technology and practices, and her natural compassion makes it easy to be aware of every client’s needs.

About Mindi Paruta

Mindi Paruta is a Realtor® who grew up on the unique waterways and beautiful beaches that Florida is known for. She feels very lucky to have an active life on the water with her husband and children.

Coming from a multi-generational real estate family, Mindi always knew she loved the real estate business and started investing when she was young. Whether working with a buyer, seller, or investor, this legacy helps her identify each client’s needs and guide them through every step of the transaction. A very active & connected community member, Mindi feels blessed that many clients become friends.

Chari and Mindi are based from the Sewall’s Point office located at 3727 SE Ocean Boulevard, Suite 100.

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Caring Fields Felines – Local Charity Spotlight Caring Fields Felines is one of many local nonprofits that Water Pointe Realty Group supports.

Located on 5 acres of wooded property in Palm City is Caring Fields Felines — a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. This agency is a no-kill rescue & adoption organization on a mission to reduce the number of homeless felines in Martin County and surrounding areas. Established in 2000 with 30 cats and a handful of volunteers, today this sanctuary is home to more than 175 cats with over 50 volunteers working to keep things running smoothly.

Caring Fields Felines is about CATS:
C aring Fields Sanctuary provides a natural, yet protected environment for more than 175 cats.
A doptions: Caring Fields Felines found forever homes for over 400 cats last year.
T NVR: Trap-Neuter-Vaccine-Return program successfully helps control the feral cat population.
S pay/Neuter: Each year, CFF spays & neuters hundreds of cats.

At Caring Fields Felines there is a major emphasis is on CARING. Seven staff members and a team of dedicated volunteers take care of everything from feeding & socializing the cats to keeping the facilities clean, comfortable, and safe 365 days a year. In some cases, CFF looks out for animals from beginning to end. While the goal is to help all “residents” find a loving forever home, there are some that will spend the rest of their days at the sanctuary. No matter what, they are truly well cared for in a loving home.

The residents live in a protected, free-roaming environment complete with cottages they can utilize whenever they want. There are plenty of areas to climb, spots to nap in the sunshine, and safe places to harbor them from the elements. Each building throughout the safe amp protected campgrounds serves a special purpose, including:
– Lisa’s Safe Haven, a colorful cottage reserved for cats diagnosed with leukemia and feline immune virus.
– The Cattery, which is home to adoptable cats and kittens, including some with special needs that do not have contagious diseases.
– New neo natal nursery that has enabled CFF to save so many more kittens

Cats come to Caring Fields Felines from various sources and all walks of life. Many are given to CFF directly from shelters that practice euthanasia in an effort to spare their lives; the organization works closely with a shelter in Okeechobee as well as shelters in Palm Beach County. Sometimes volunteers will pick them up from Animal Control, kitten litters are rescued from outdoor colonies, owners are unable to care for their pet any longer, or, occasionally, a cat is returned to by someone who previously adopted them from the CFF.

Efforts to control the feral cat problem in the community includes CFF’s Trap-Neuter-Vaccine-Return (TNVR) program. Not only does this successfully diminish the number of homeless cats, but also improves the health and wellbeing of the cat community as a whole. Operation Catsnip through CFF offers low-cost or no-cost services that have spayed/neutered over 4000 cats across the Treasure Coast.

Connect with Caring Fields Felines: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK PAGE | YOUTUBE CHANNEL

“Watching the organization grow in the 10 years I’ve been involved has been very gratifying,” said Katherine Goodman, Realtor® with Water Pointe Realty Group. Goodman dedicates much of her free time to Caring Fields Felines by volunteering at events, selling properties that have been donated to CFF, assisting with trapping/transporting/adoptions, and she was even the Realtor® who helped locate and close on CFF’s current 5-acre property. Katherine also loves working the various fundraising events throughout the year.

One of Caring Fields Felines’ major fundraisers is its annual baby shower for kittens. People bring food and other supplies to donate while also getting to coo & cuddled (and hopefully adopt) the cats and kittens. “I love the annual Kitten Shower,” Goodman said. “It’s so wonderful to see so many people excited to find a new furry family member and then to watch them leave with their new baby! Whether it’s an adult or a kid- they’re all beaming!

Another fundraiser that CFF organizes is its holiday event Merry Meows. Goodman said she typically works check-in for the event with the same group of gals and that many of the same folks come back each year. “The cottages where the resident cats live are all dressed up with twinkling lights and it’s just magical,” she said.

Check-In Gals at Merry Meows

While the services Caring Fields Felines offers to the community are vital, they are made possible solely by the generosity of its donors. CFF receives no state, federal, or local financial aid. Any donations made to CFF help provide the necessary food, medical, and housing requirements for residents so that they may live peacefully at the sanctuary until they are adopted. Click HERE to make a donation and click HERE to become a Cat-A-List monthly sponsor.

Caring Fields Felines is located at 6807 SW Wedelia Terrace, Palm City, FL 34990 and can be reached by phone at 772-463-7386.

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(from L to R) BDBMC Executive Director Joan Goodrich, Nick Blount, Ted Astolfi, Debra Duvall, and Bill West. Photo from BDBMC

Water Pointe’s Debra Duvall Receives Leadership Award Business Development Board of Martin County presents 2020 Charlene Hoag Leadership Award to Debra Duvall

Each year, the Business Development Board of Martin County presents the Charlene Hoag Leadership Award. The recipient is an individual who has worked in Martin County for at least a decade and holds characteristics including devotion to family and vocation, commitment to servicing the community, and leadership toward the goal of improving our quality of life. This person has made outstanding contributions locally, demonstrated high ethics standards, held a strong sense of community responsibility, and made a difference in Martin County by giving selflessly to others.

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to honor the 2020 recipient of the Charlene Hoag Leadership Award – Debra Duvall.

Charlene Hoag was a former Martin County Commissioner with a long history of being involved with her community. Those who knew her have said she didn’t just talk about issues, but actively worked to address and resolve them. They emphasized that while her resume may tell the story of her involvement, it was her actions that truly spoke volumes about her commitment to the community and the quality of her leadership.

Debra is… “somebody who embodies Charlene’s philosophy in giving of yourself. The things you’ve done just for this year in particular … you’ve given your time, your talents, your money, and always have,” said Ted Astolfi, CEO of the Economic Council of Martin County and 2017 Hoag Award winner.

Debra is truly passionate about investing in the community and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Martin County (Elliott Museum and Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge) and the Economic Council of Martin County. She has held numerous positions with the Realtor® Association of Martin County including serving as its President; Chairman of the Professional Standards and Grievance Committees; Education Chairman; Secretary-Treasurer; and Chairman of the Finance Committee. She has been honored by her peers as the recipient of the Realtor® of the Year award in 1998 and again in 2003. Additionally, she has previously served on the Boards for the American Cancer Society, Education Foundation, and many others.

Dedicated to promoting professional standards and excellence, Debra has led many real estate training programs and seminars, both locally and nationally. She has been recognized as a peer mentor and former national convention speaker for Howard Brinton’s Star Power group and the National Association of Realtors® CRS Residential Specialist Conventions.

“We are extremely proud of Deb, and I can’t think of a better person to receive this award. Deb leads by example and encourages others within the firm to follow their passion and give back to the community that has provided so much to us”, said Dave Derrenbacker, Co-Broker and founding member of Water Pointe Realty Group. Dave was instrumental in orchestrating the surprise presentation to Debra at the firm’s Sewall’s Point office – all in a safe way with everyone masked up and socially distancing.

What Debra does for the community is so important and although she is extremely humble, she is an excellent example of how others can assist people, charities, and organizations that play an integral part in our community. As Realtors®, the agents of Water Pointe serve the community in many ways. A common phrase heard at this firm is, “WE KNOW IT. WE LIVE IT. WE’LL HELP YOU FIND IT.” This speaks to its desire to assist local residents and those hoping to become local.

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Water Pointe Realty Group's tree design for Santa's City Lights

Santa’s City Lights in Downtown Stuart Community Creates Christmas Forest of Trees in Historic Downtown Stuart

by Liz Thompson

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Water Pointe Realty Group was honored to be included in the first ever Santa’s City of Lights in downtown’s Stuart’s Memorial Park on East Ocean Blvd. Martin County Realtors® of the Treasure Coast together with the City of Stuart and FPL created a Florida Winter wonderland of 30 Christmas trees provided by local Real Estate firms, its affiliates, and city services such as City of Stuart City Commission, Stuart Police Department, and Public Works just to name a few.

The free event runs from December 12th to the 29th of this month, but families were coming out to the park to get their holiday photos taken amongst the holiday display of Christmas trees even before all the decorations were up. Little girls in their festive finery laughed and danced as holiday music played in speakers throughout the park.

“During this crazy COVID time, it was great to be able to be a part of this unique event for our community, Santa’s City of Lights. I encourage everyone to swing by Memorial Park to view the fantastic displays, day or night.”, says Dave Derrenbacker, broker and partner of Water Pointe Realty Group.

Top prizes went to ReMax of Stuart’s Pineapple Group for Most Creative, Julie Cline Realtor® for Holiday Spirit, and Olde Florida Realty for Best Overall. We are all winners when the community comes together to celebrate in a safe and healthy way, following CDC guidelines.

(From L to R) Rosi Schroeder, Wendy Bentley, Cat Altschuler, Sandy Burton, Deb Duvall, Bill Dean, Dave Derrenbacker, Lisa Fitzwater, Liz Thompson, and Denise Lee

(From L to R) Rosi Schroeder, Wendy Bentley, Cat Altschuler, Sandy Burton, Deb Duvall, Bill Dean, Dave Derrenbacker, Lisa Fitswater, Liz Thompson, and Denise Lee

Sean Quinn

Sean Quinn Joins Water Pointe Realty Group

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to announce Sean Quinn as its newest Realtor® to the firm.

Sean is a Florida native who grew up in Palm City and is intimately familiar with all that the Treasure Coast has to offer. He knows the waterways, neighborhoods, schools and real estate market conditions. Sean is unique-ly qualified to help guide all buyers and sellers due to his skill set as an ex-perienced Realtor® and his military background.

He is a 2nd generation professional Realtor®. His family has a long history in Martin County real estate and they have played an instrumental role in the industry here. Prior to real estate, Sean graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, had a career as a Surface Warfare Officer for seven years and afterwards several years with a management consulting firm.

“I am committed to making my customer’s real estate transactions a stress-free process. My work ethics, integrity and pride in a job-well-done were in-stilled in me at the U.S. Naval Academy and my service in the military. Those traits provide me with the tools and the mindset that no task is too daunting and I provide my customers with the expert professional service they deserve.”, says Sean.

Sean strongly believes in giving back to the community. He volunteers his time and energy as the USNA Blue and Gold Officer for the Treasure Coast interviewing, nominating and assisting local high school candidates in the admissions process for attending the U.S. Naval Academy.

Sean Quinn is based from the Sewall’s Point office located at 3727 SE Ocean Boulevard, Suite 100. He can be reached directly by calling 772-486-6883 or emailing SQuinn@WaterPointe.com.

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Honoring Veterans Day

Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

History of Veterans Day

World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice (temporary cessation of hostilities) between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory …”

An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day dedicated to the cause of world peace. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but the 83rd Congress (at the urging of the veterans service organizations) amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans” after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in the nation’s history. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11 and helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Veterans of Water Pointe Realty Group

We extend a warm welcome to our newest veteran, Sean Quinn, who served as a member of the United States Navy.

Vince Bajis, United States Navy

Vince joined the U.S. Navy in late 1995 and began basic training/boot camp in 1996 at Naval Service Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. He then went on and attended Naval A School at Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi. Vince served 4 years (1996-2000) at the Pentagon/Department of Defense in Washington D.C. under the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics, N4, VADM James F. Amerault, and VADM William J. Hancock. They delivered combat capability and capacity to ensure ready forces and joint support of U.S. Pacific Fleet. Vince held a TS clearance and acted as alternate NATO Security Officer overseeing NATO sensitive information, personnel security, and provided administrative support of fleet readiness and logistics under the Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, Joint Chiefs of Staff, National & Homeland Security Council, Secretary of Defense and the President. He says he is a proud patriot and grateful be living in the United States of America! He would like to honor his Grandfather, Almis O. Blankenship, CPL US Army, WWII, Korean War (Purple Heart), RIP “Blackie”.

Frank Swain, United States Marines

Frank entered the service in June of 1969. He did basic training at Parris Island in South Carolina, which is home to the Marin Corps recruit training. Frank then went on to infantry training at Camp Gieger in North Carolina, and he would be stationed there to complete his active duty. Camp Geiger was originally known as “Tent Camp” and was the first section at Marine Corps Base Lejuene to be constructed. Frank spent the remainder of his time in the Marines attending reserve meetings and active duty trainings two weeks each year at various bases. He was at Camp LeJuene for infantry training and then again to attend NCO school, war games at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California, Amphibious Assault training at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia, and communications school at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Frank was discharged in June of 1975.

Steve Eivers, United States Air Force

Steve joined the Air Force in 1979, just one year after he graduated from high school. His basic training was hosted on Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Lackland in Texas; all new recruits attend training on JBSA-Lackland. Steve went on to be stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida for his full 4 years in the military. He was trained to become a mechanic and service F-15 fighter jets. Steve also served two temporary duties to Eglin’s sister base in Bremgarten, Germany. Looking back on his time in the Air Force, Steve said it was a great experience that afforded him the opportunity to visit a handful of places around the world including trips/stops in Germany, France, Switzerland, and Ireland.

Matt Right, United States Army

Matt was inspired by his Pop Pop, who he thinks of as his hero. Although he never spoke much about his military service, WWII, the Korean War, being a POW… Matt was always intrigued by what it meant to serve his country. Between looking up to his Pop Pop, and watching G.I. JOE as a kid, it was almost a forgone conclusion that he would enter the military; he was proud to be accepted into the Army after graduating from high school. Matt explained that it’s never easy being away from family and friends for years, but that you gain new friends that become your family who will always be there for you through thick in thin. Though serving in the military isn’t easy, he said it was worth it to see the smile on his Pop Pop’s face, and would happily serve again if called to do so. Matt is proud to have served for two tours overseas and was able to retire from the Army in 2009.

Matt Right while deployed in Iraq

Matt Right while deployed in Iraq

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Jill McCarthy Thogersen and Sandy Burton Join Water Pointe Realty Group

Water Pointe Realty Group is proud to welcome Jill McCarthy Thogersen and Sandy Burton as its newest agents!

These two professionals have become preeminent Realtors® in our area, and Water Pointe could not be more honored to call them family. “The Power of Teamwork” is not just their motto but also their philosophy for more than 14 years. By offering a team approach they insure accessibility, a high level of professionalism, and a commitment to each of their clients’ real estate needs. Jill and Sandy are both full-time real estate agents with 30+ years of combined experience, specializing in sales and rentals along the Treasure Coast. Together they form the McCarthy Burton Team that has built a reputation for unparalleled customer service.

About Jill McCarthy Thogersen
Originally from New Jersey, Jill was active in real estate there and she is now a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Florida. A year-round resident of the Treasure Coast and with 15+ years of industry experience, she is very familiar with the market she serves. Her clients know her to be very knowledgeable, professional, diligent & available. Jill believes that the best way to serve her clients is to provide them with the information that they need to make well-informed choices when they sell, buy or rent property. She assists her clients with negotiations and manages the details of the transactions from start to finish. Her goal is to build long-lasting relationships with her clients and to represent their best interests. Jill is an active member of The Grace Place Church in Stuart, Kiwanis in Okeechobee and in her spare time she volunteers for Our Community Table, which feeds over 1400 people weekly. Jill’s priority is you!

About Sandy Burton
Sandy is a full-time real estate agent with 15+ years of experience; specializing in sales and rentals along the Treasure Coast. She has built a reputation for unparalleled customer service. Sandy is a native Floridian and 3rd generation Realtor®. She understands the local market and enjoys helping her clients buy and sell real estate. She graduated from Converse College after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She started her married life on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii and lived there for 7.5 years before returning to Florida to raise her family. Growing up on the Gulf Coast Sandy felt the Palm City/Stuart area reminded her of the old Naples she remembers. Historical homes, excellent fishing and boating, not to mention A-rated schools for her children made Martin County the perfect choice when it came to finding an ideal place to settle down. Sandy is an active member at Christ Fellowship and in her spare time she advocates for children in foster care through the Guardian ad Litem program.

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Discover Tequesta, Florida

Located in Southeast Florida as the northernmost municipality of Palm Beach County, Tequesta boasts a genuine small-town spirit. If you are searching for a place that offers amazing friendliness, Atlantic Ocean access, an opportunity to relax or shop or play… look no further.

The Village of Tequesta was named after the Tequesta Indians; what started as the dream of one man back in 1955 has evolved over the years into an exceptional waterfront community. A splendor of shops, boutiques, various churches, parks, and restaurants call this region home — perfect for any lifestyle. Located along U.S. Highway 1 it borders the Atlantic Ocean to the East, the Loxahatchee River to the South, Jonathan Dickinson State Park to the North, and the Tequesta County Club to the West.

A mix of single-family home neighborhoods and condominium complexes attracts everyone from families to working professionals to retirees. With a population that now surpasses 6,200 people across 2.26 square miles, the Village of Tequesta is proud of its strong sense of community. Residents routinely participate in Village-sponsored events such as movies & concerts in the park, Tequesta Fest, and more.

Water Pointe Realty Group has an office conveniently located at 393 Tequesta Drive. Here you will find brokers Mark Eble, Ryan Billings, and a fantastic group of agents. Click to learn more info on this office location HERE.

If you are looking to spend the day with breathtaking ocean views, swimming or snorkeling, try a visit to Coral Cove Park. If you enjoy a quieter beach but still want the benefit of great snorkeling and paddleboarding, this is the place. The most prominent feature is the natural limestone, which is part of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge. These rocks and the reefs are inhabited by marine wildlife including fish, sea turtles, eels, and marine worms. The beach is home to a large selection of shells for those interested in collecting. Covered picnic areas with tables, built-in grills, playground, and showers are all available at Coral Cove for your fun day at the beach.

Learn about one of Florida’s favorite sea creatures and pay a visit to Loggerhead Marinelife Center! This non-profit organization is committed to the conservation of ocean ecosystems through public education, research, and rehabilitation, with a focus on threatened & endangered sea turtles. The free-to-visit center is located in Loggerhead Park and features an on-site campus hospital, learning exhibits, gift store, and aquariums. Drop by Loggerhead Marinelife Center to check out the turtle nesting season activities.

Let the experts at Water Pointe Realty Group tell you everything you need to know about the Village of Tequesta – call us TODAY!

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Sean Gordon Joins Water Pointe Realty Group

The southernmost office of Water Pointe Realty Group is excited to welcome another new agent to its team – Sean Gordon.

Born and raised in Tequesta, Sean graduated from Jupiter Christian School. He moved to Fort Myers to attend Florida Gulf Coast University and earn his B.A. in Communications. As a lifelong resident of the area, Sean has a great appreciation for the local area and the special South Florida way of life. He is an avid golfer, and also enjoys spending time boating and relaxing at the beach.

Sean began his professional career with Ernie Els and The Els for Autism Foundation where he managed fundraiser golf tournaments for 5 years. During his time in the golf industry, he gained valuable experience serving high-end donors and sponsors. In 2020, Sean transitioned his career toward real estate and said he looks to use his experiences to help his clients.