Marty & Carrie O'Farrell - "Enjoying the peace and palms in paradise"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 30            August 7, 2003

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Carrie, Michael and Marty O'Farrell

San Pedro residents applaud the people who are willing to support efforts to control crime on our island. Neighborhood watch groups and crime committees serve to make the island as crime free as possible. This week, The San Pedro Sun would like to introduce to you two people who want to see that positive changes happen, Marty and Carrie O'Farrell of The Palms.

     Marty was born on September 26th, 1960 to parents Jerry and Gloria O'Farrell, in Seattle, Washington. He grew up in a family of three brothers and one sister. Carrie was born on October 25th, 1965 in Oakland, California, to parents Jim and Carol Greene; her family consists of an older brother and a younger sister.

     After graduating from West Seattle High School in 1976, Marty became a singer in a band and enjoyed this occupation until 1992. During this time, he became the father of a baby girl, Britnie who is now 18 years old. Marty also started a metal recycling company, "Independent Metals Recycling" in Seattle, which his family presently manages. On the side, he worked in real estate, buying and selling property.

     Carrie started modeling when she was only 16. After graduating from American High School in California, she was employed as an assistant manager in a men's clothing store for three years before her modeling career "took off". Modeling took Carrie as far as India and she participated in numerous fashion shows, catalog and magazine shoots. She also entered and won the title of "Miss Marin County" and participated in the "Miss California" pageants. This work also led her to a job working in a fine jewelry store for a few years. Realizing she had natural people skills, her career path next led Carrie to a career as a flight attendant and she did this for a little more than three years. In April of 1992 she met her "soul mate," Marty. The couple were married exactly four and a half years later on September 28th, 1996. 

     Since Marty and Carrie both enjoy diving, they learned about San Pedro through dive magazines. So, after getting married, they decided to visit San Pedro on their honeymoon vacation. From the time they first arrived, Marty and Carrie knew they were in love with the island and its people. In 1997, they visited again, and this time, they bought a condo at "The Palms". For the next two years, the couple spent every vacation in San Pedro.

     In 1999, they finally decided to stay in San Pedro for a while during which time, Marty did underwater videos for Ramon's and Amigos del Mar dive shops. Meanwhile, Carrie made jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets, and sold them under an umbrella in front of The Palms. One year later, they returned to Seattle to finish building their house, and discovered at that time, that Carrie was pregnant. After baby Michael arrived, Marty and Carrie made up their minds to return to San Pedro to live permanently and so, in 2002, they sold their house and moved to Ambergris Caye.

     Upon their return, Marty and Carrie were offered the position of managing The Palms. Reluctant at first, they were finally convinced to take on the responsibility. Fifteen months later, they still enjoy this job and plan to continue doing it for a few more years.

     Marty also represents The Palms on the Citizen's Safety Committee. From the knowledge he has gained at these meetings, he recently devised a plan to establish a police "Officer of the Month" award. Observing that police officers are usually paid much

lower wages than other occupations, Marty came up with a way the community could support these men and women who help reduce the level of crime on the island. He told The San Pedro Sun that along with The Palms, Banana Beach Resort, Pauly's Pizza, Sweet Basil Gourmet Café and Rico's Restaurant at Banyan Bay are the first businesses to sponsor this objective, beginning this month. Marty hopes that others will follow their lead.

    Marty's hobbies include doing underwater diving videos. He also creates promotional videos for some businesses such as Graniel's, Paradise Villas, and SEAduced, to name a few. Carrie enjoys painting and making jewelry. The couple commented, "In our spare time, we like to dive, and spend time together as a family."

    Marty and Carrie plan to eventually buy a house in San Pedro, because they love it here. The island's beauty, warm climate, quiet life and the friendly people are some of the many reasons why living in San Pedro makes them so happy. "People are not as materialistic here; it's not as rushed as life in the US," they both agreed.

     Marty and Carrie are people with great hearts, always ready to give to others, and help in whatever way they can, to make San Pedro a better place. For this reason and more, islanders are pleased to welcome "expats" like the O'Farrells into "Our Community."
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