Community Spotlight: Determined to be dedicated

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Cynthia Brock, the chamber’s choice for Volunteer of the Year, sings the sweet tune of Siesta selflessness

By John Morton

Q: You and your husband, Greg, run Gulf Sands Realty. For starters, what is your history with Siesta Key?
A: We moved to this area from north Georgia where the mountains are so beautiful. We were Realtors there for many years and, when the market turned in 2008, we decided to make a change. After a couple of visits to Sarasota and Siesta Key, we decided this was the place we wanted to be. We traded the beauty of the mountains for the most beautiful beach we have ever seen.
We decided to work on Siesta when we moved in 2009. The office we worked at was located at the Stickney Point bridge, so we have sold a lot of condos and homes on Siesta over the years. We decided in 2022 to open our own office because we wanted to have a team atmosphere and a smaller boutique office. We love the way we all pull together to help each other.

Q: Can you share a brief comment on the current state of the Siesta Key market?
A: In the last month on Siesta Key, we have had 42 homes/condos sell and 71 that are pending. Currently, there are 324 homes/condos on the market and the price range is $349,000 to $21 million — so there is literally something for everyone.
At this point we have around seven months of inventory. So, things are moving on Siesta Key for sure and we have a lot more to choose from for buyers than we have had in the past few years.

Q: You recently were honored by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce as its Volunteer of the Year. Congrats! We understand it’s a combination of things — one being a history you have with the Crystal Classic. What has been your role with that event?
A: I have been volunteering with the Crystal Classic for eight years. I book all of the bands that perform at the entertainment tent.

Q: Selecting live-music groups for a huge scene like that can’t be easy. What is your approach? And how do you keep “in the know” as to what kind of talent is out there?
A: I have been a singer pretty much my entire life so that helps me tremendously in this role. I have been in many bands and have a passion for music. I love going to listen to live music so I try to go see new talent and keep up with the music scene locally as much as possible.
I also ask local venues and people about any new bands they hear about or have used.

Q: Another volunteering endeavor of yours is especially important to your family. Tell us about that.
A: A couple of years ago our grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes so we decided to get involved in the (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Walk here in Sarasota. Such a great event and amazing support.
We decided last year to have a golf tournament to raise funds to support our walk team. All proceeds went to JDRF One walk. We are already planning our next one, coming up Oct. 19, at Serenoa Golf Club off Clark Road. We are currently looking for donations, golfers and sponsors.

Q: How can people learn more about that golf outing?
A: Be sure to follow us on Facebook at Gulf Sands Realty. You’ll discover a pinned post at the top of our page, providing all the necessary details about our 2024 golf tournament. You can also call (941) 400-6237 or send an email at
Additionally, we’ll keep you updated on other events we’re hosting or volunteering at throughout the Sarasota area.

John Morton
Author: John Morton

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