Meet Carol Bernard

Hello, Carol Bernard here. I’ve been with Island Real Estate (IRE) since 1994, starting as the original front desk receptionist greeting all our sales customers and rental guests back when I was still in college. From vendors to fellow islanders, I’ve probably helped everyone over the past 28-plus years. I was blessed to be born here in beautiful Manatee County and have been a lifelong resident, further, a fourth-generation native Floridian. I grew up on these sandy beaches and spent my childhood reading under the pine trees at the public beach and at our summer beach house rental on Sycamore Ave. 

I love giving back to the community, and I have been involved with several local service organizations my whole life. From school-aged Key Clubs to teaching with Junior Achievement at Anna Maria Elementary School and several years as a member of Manatee County Junior League. I’m grateful that island Real Estate has supported me with the help of fellow employees on projects such as Adopt a Family, school literacy through book donations, and collection bags for Roser Church Pantry. 

Since I began at IRE, I have cross-trained and moved up through several positions in the company; leading the Vacation Rental Department, Annual Rentals, Community Association Management, and Bookkeeping. I’ve been supporting our successful sales team at the Marina Drive office now since 2017. I jokingly say that I know this building inside and out! I practice KravMaga and have graduated four times through the AWE self-defense program, so you could add “office security” to my job description as well, haha.

Island Real Estate has been more than a job but a home for me. During my off hours, you’ll find my nose in a book and a cat on my lap. I cheer for our local sports teams, often donning my Buccaneer, Tampa Bay Rays, or Lightning gear when out of the office. 

When asked for my favorite places as a local, I love to recommend these great businesses:

  • Sun and Surf Beach Shop on Marina Drive: they have a huge selection of beach goodies including Life is Good. Plus the parrots lined up outside to greet you are so much fun! Be careful though, Romeo bites! 
  • Cheesecake Cutie on East Bay Drive: so many cheesecake options available in small portions so you can try a few.
  • Slims Place on Gulf Drive: their “no shower happy hour” is a fun cool place for a drink after a day at the beach. 
  • Island Cabana on Pine Ave: SO many cute beachy-themed items plus the only island shop carrying Kenra Scott jewelry.