Greetings  from the Merry Donovan and Michael Frankum household

Longtime residents or actually fixtures now here on the Island, Merry and Michael know how to get the best out of this beautiful community. Avid boaters and divers, nothing beats a day on the water! Merry and Michael met on the job some 15 years ago. They are both top-producing real estate agents and investors, not only on the Island but our entire beach community. They have some-what of an unusual hobby- the love for all things Geochelone!  Their meticulously landscaped backyard is dedicated to all thing  tortoise. Merry , also a herpetologist { the study of reptiles}, is affectionately known as the Turtle Lady by friends and neighbors. It’s not unusual for her  to receive a phone call about a displaced turtle and rescue it. They do have traditional four –legged friends, the family dogs, Dingo and Bella. Dingo boasts being somewhat of a local celebrity, and if he’s not spotted riding around in his personal dog  taxi, you might find an additional 5 dogs visiting his home for an impromptu dog party.

In their free time, Merry and Michael love to travel. Some favorite spots are the Galapagos Islands in search of giant tortoises, and to Belize to swim with sea turtles. Their next adventure will take them to the Amazon river  basin, in search of the elusive Pink Dolphin.  Community and family play a huge role in their lives. Along with Merry being a member at large for the IECA and Clearwater Yacht Club, Merry and the Beach Print Shack and Post office host the” Dog Days of Summer”, a fundraiser here on our Island to raise funds for the Suncoast Animal League and to share food and drinks  with the community they love so well.

Giving  back has become a lifestyle and when Merry and Michael discovered a neighbor, blind in his 90s and living in deplorable conditions, they soon found their latest and greatest rescue. “Finding Nicholas was the best thing that ever happened to us”. Along with getting him into safe housing, weekly visits along with meeting his medical and emotional needs; this part-time job caring for a senior has made them strong advocates for the protection of seniors and their welfare. Merry and Michael just helped Nicholas  celebrate his 99th birthday!!

This happy and unusual family agrees there is no place like home in Island Estates!


Merry DonovanMerry Donovan, Realtor

As a multi-Million Dollar Producer, I recognize that purchasing or selling a home is the single largest investment my clients will make in their lives. My goal is that every client’s home provides a sound investment that maximizes equity, security and life style.

My mission is to maintain my reputation of honesty and integrity in dealing with all clients and business associates. I am an excellent listener to my clients so I meet all their needs and concerns. Living in the Clearwater Beach, I have a strong understanding and respect for different cultures which makes the beach and bay area such a unique and exciting place to live and raise a family.

I am proud so many people put their trust in my real estate leadership and I look forward to helping you, and your family with all your real estate needs.


Michael Frankum, Realtor

Multi-million dollar producer, Michael Frankum has been selling real estate in and around Clearwater Beach for 27 years, specializing in the luxury waterfront market of Clearwater Beach, Sand Key, and Island Estates. Most recently he was a top producer with Sand Key Realty, before joining the elite roster of agents at Coastal Properties Group International.

He has an extensive background with the condominium complexes and the HOA’s on Sand Key and the surrounding areas, and has held a seat on two homeowners’ association boards for the past five years.  Previously, Michael held the position of Director of Sales at Utopia Building on Sand Key. A top producer throughout his impressive career, Michael has sold over $300 million in real estate. In addition, Michael has extensive renovation knowledge and has personally sold 25 of his own projects. Michael is an Island Estates waterfront home resident and an avid boater.

Michael joined his partner Merry Donovan at Coastal Properties Group. “We are excited about all the endless possibilities to grow and enhance our real estate business by joining Coastal,” explained Merry. “We pride ourselves in developing long term lasting relationships with our buyers and sellers, and Coastal provides the in-house tools, support, technology, and marketing programs that will allow us to better market our listings and service our clients.”