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Charles Arrigo

Joan and I searched for our retirement place in the sun and found the River Reach Island. We have been happy islanders since 2004 and enjoy life in the tropics. However, after 40 years of successfully running my company in Westchester County, New York, I felt the need to again be involved in a business and offer service ‘my way’, -- reliable, neat, professional painting and decorating. I founded Deeptone Painting LLC, a fully licensed and insured company. I employ only very qualified professional painters. We do quality painting work not only residential but also commercial and industrial, interior and exterior as well.

Take a look at our Website http://deeptonepainting.com/

Perhaps you have also seen us on Angie's List, Craig’s List and the Better Business Bureau positive report. We are "A" rated by the BBB.

You may contact us at         954/766.8176 Phone
                                          954/767.8808 Fax 
                                          914/760.1024 Local Cell


Sherry and Steve Ashmore
Hi friends and visitors to River Reach. Steve and I live in the 900 building and love the island and residents.
Steve is originally from England via Michigan and I am from Kentucky. We both love horse racing, sailing and going to the beach. Steve actually sailed a 23 foot sailboat from Michigan to arrive here 25 years ago. We love sailing our 34 foot Catalina named Nora around the Bahamas and Key West during the winter months and visiting our home in Kentucky during the summer months. I am now a Mortgage Loan Originator for American Mortgage and available to help should you need it.
We look forward to seeing you around the island.
Thanks, Sherry

Sherry can be reached at: sherryashmore@aol.com


Michelle Desjardins
I grew up in Fort Lauderdale off Las Olas Isles. I live at River Reach during the week and my primary home ist in West Palm Beach.
My 55 year family business is in North Miami Beach, and having a "work-residence" on the River Reach Island makes communiting easier.
My story.
Our family has worked closely with Allstate for years to help people with their insurance needs from homes to auto to boats and more. Our quality, service-oriented agency is not only owned and operated by a family, customers tell us we make them feel like family too.
I'm proud to work with a company who's been serving satisfied customers for over 80 years. Customers count on outstanding financial strength and superior claims service to help protect what they value most. Allstate delivers on their promise. In fact, their outstanding financial strength and superior claims service received an A+ (Superior) rating by A.M. Best Quality service, strength and satisfaction – that's something I'm glad to be a part of.
As your Allstate agent, I can help you understand how the choices you make, such as the car you drive, affect your insurance rate. I'm committed to helping you get your appropriate level of protection and make it easy to do business with Allstate.

I can be reached by E-Mail: MPDesjardins@allstate.com
and check out https://agents.allstate.com/michelle-priestman-desjardins-north-miami-beach-fl2.html


Craig Leonard
Shirley and I have lived together on River Reach Island since 1982 when we were married. I moved onto the island in1976 and have seen many chances. I am happy to say most of these are for the better, and I feel the island has never looked better.
Our main interest is boating, and we have had boats since the early 80s. Our current boat is Tom-Cat, a 31' Mainschip, which is located on the north canal. Many of you have seen us working on this boat, which we purchased in June 2005 and has needed many updates and repairs.
Shirley is retired from the Bennett Auto Supply Purchasing Department, and I work for All American Yacht Brokers, Inc. helping people sell, and purchase boats.
If I can help any island resident with your boating needs call me @ 954 650 1030 or just stop by the dock and say HELLO 

Craig & Shirley

I can also be reach by E-Mail - Personal: craigleonard@gmail.com
and check out www.AllAmericanYachtBrokers.com



The Metcalfes, Geoff, and son David, now retired, maintain a part-time residence in the 1301 Building. Natives of England, the Metcalfes owned and operated the largest family owned hotel (three-star) in the beautiful Lake District of Northern England.

Visit the hotel at: http://shapwells.com/


The Pones, Bob, is a retired computer chip design engineer, he presently lives in California with his wife Terri. Bob & Terri enjoy traveling and having fun with family and grandkids.

You can visit Bob & Terri at: https://www.facebook.com/bob.pone


Steffi Schiffer, - I moved into River Reach as a renter in 1977, and after living here for 6 months, I purchased the unit I was renting. (Hind sight tells me I should have bought several units!)

 I was a snowbird, going back and forth to the N.J. shore until 1987 when my family sold our business there.  When I moved here, there were only FOUR buildings.  They had not even broken ground on the other 2 yet, so there have been many changes.  One of the smartest things they did was the parking garages under the new buildings… I wish we all had those.  One of the worst things they did was the poor planning with some of the tree planting.  Those trees have grown up to block some of our wonderful waterfront views and that’s tragic!

My great passion these days is sailing and you can read some of my racing and cruising adventures at: www.yachtrace.net and you can click on the link there if you’d like to email me.  Just be sure to write RIVER REACH in the subject line so you don’t end up in the Spam box!

You can reach Steffi at: stef@yachtrace.net

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