Lynn and Randon Carvel’s transfer from Memphis to Sarasota eight years ago came about because of their then-teenage son’s success at a summer IMG baseball camp. “Towards the end of camp, IMG told us he had talent and should come to school there,” Lynn recalls. “And we said, ‘He doesn’t get to move to Florida if we don’t get to move to Florida.’” Very quickly, they sold their Memphis home and her imaging center business (she’s a radiologist, Randon is a real estate developer) and ended up buying a home on Lido Shores.
Once here, they just as quickly threw themselves into getting to know and support the community. Lynn recently finished her term as president of the Lido Shores Property Owners Association; Randon, after having served as treasurer of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, is now that nonprofit’s president. The couple are also involved with the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and have begun a pro-Israel network here to boost political contributions to candidates allied with AIPAC’s goals.
“Our kids say, ‘You’re the busiest retired couple I’ve ever seen,’” says Lynn. So busy, in fact, that they seldom find time to go out on their boat. And, although they like to travel, “Now that we live in paradise,” says Lynn, they see no more reason for a tropical Caribbean vacation. “We have it all here,” she says, “the culture, the beaches, the restaurants. And everyone is so friendly. We love it here, and we’ve never looked back.”—Kay Kipling