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In a competitive proposal process, Pam Oakley of Key Reality of Cedar Key and Tina Ryan of Ryan Management Company submitted a joint proposal that was accepted by the Natures Landing Condominium Board of Directors to manage the 37-unit property.
As of May 1, Pam became the Rental Manager and Tina became the Property Manager. Both maintain their own business licenses and are members of the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce.
Pam believes that the board accepted their proposal to manage the property due to their experience and expertise. Pam has worked in sales and promotion for decades and Tina managed 5,500 units in Deerfield Beach.
Since assuming management, Pam and Tina have received visitors from as far away as England, the northern states and southeastern states such as South Carolina and Georgia. Many are repeat customers. Most visitors come from two to three hours away according to Pam. “They’re taking shorter vacations, closer to home,” she said.
Pam said that the most frequent comment voiced by visitors is, “We love Cedar Key. We’ll be back.”
All units on the property are accessed by elevator and are completely handicap accessible. Visitors can rent by the day, week or month.
Built in 2003 on stilts to meet hurricane codes, the condominium facility consists of three, three-story towers which contain 12 units each. Each unit is furnished and comes with an equipped kitchen and private balcony with seaside or forest view. There is also one detached home available. All units use green friendly low pressure plumbing systems and Pam and Tina have plans to further promote recycling on the property. Amenities include heated pool and spa, boat parking, fully equipped fish cleaning station and a nature walk.
The office is located in the historic Old Depot station, two blocks from historic down town. A conference room that seats approximately 25 people is available for meetings and reunions.
Pam and Tina are placing emphasis in keeping property owners informed through a monthly newsletter, implementation reports, property statements and booking reports. “They like knowing what’s going on,” Pam said.
The duo is also focusing on getting the word out by joining VISIT FLORIDA, promoting the facility’s accessibility to associations for people with disabilities, developing a website cedarkeylandings.com, advertising locally and tracking how guests found out about the facilities. Soon guests will be able to make reservations on line. “More exposure through e-commerce and internet marketing will bring more revenue to not only Natures Landing but also to Cedar Key,” Pam said.