Jeanette Secor holds a unique combined position as an attorney-at-law and hotelier. It may seem like two industries worlds apart, but she is an entrepreneur who has been able to bridge the gap between both industries.
Secor, ESQ, is a proud resident of Florida where she conducts all of her business. After graduating from the University of Utah and Cambridge University in England, she ventured out to the southern state. A scholarship to Stetson University College of Law led her to St. Petersburg, Florida. Here she fell in love with the warm water, swaying palm trees, powdery white sand and happy-go-lucky vibes.
When she opened up shop as a personal injury attorney, she wanted to keep her love for her community apart of her business motto. Her goal is to get her clients the best settlement and excellent medical treatment, as well as have cases completed as quickly as possible so people can move on with their lives.
“I provide aggressive representation, but treat my clients with a compassionate heart,” Secor says. “I don’t have a monthly quota to meet in my personal injury practice.”
This level of customized care carries over to a fruitful second career in the hospitality industry. Previously as a law student, she would ride her bike to the beach because she couldn’t afford a car. She cruised past shorefront hotels and thought it would be fun to own one someday when she found success in the legal field.
After her practice took off, she uses her profits to invest in multiple real estate ventures. The lawyer decided to make her youthful desires for a hotel a reality and purchased a 34-unit hotel knowing it needed to be renovated. Demonstrating patience and perseverance, she opened doors after the remodel of Oasis Palm Resort in 2008. Then almost a decade later she partnered with her friend Torrie Jaswan to open a second property called Two Mermaids Beach Resort.
The Treasure Island establishment is a laid-back vintage beach resort lovingly remodeled by the two businesswomen. At Two Mermaids they believe in the beauty in life and the adventure you find only when on vacation.
The stunning beaches and good food are two things that Secor loves to chat with guests about. “It’s all very tropical and hip here,” she says.
For a perfect dinner she recommends Middle Grounds Grill. Founded and run by a family with lifelong ties to the ocean, they offer the freshest and tastiest seafood with attention to detail. It’s casual, fun and family friendly with an upscale atmosphere, she explains.
Menu highlights include the Surf & Turf with Certified Angus Beef 6oz Filet Mignon paired with a 6 oz warm water lobster tail served with garlic mashed potatoes; Pacific Rim Scallops with Seared and drizzled with a Moscato wine glaze over a bed of coconut basmati rice; and Fresh Ahi. Live music plays as the sun sets and there are even nightly drink specials.
And for a breezy outdoor experience try The Hut Bar and Grill. Located along the historic John’s Pass Boardwalk, they provide live music daily with gorgeous waterfront views. A 70-foot waterfront dock extends out into John’s Pass. It provides a lovely location to enjoy specialty frozen cocktails in Madeira Beach.
Signature food items include Cedar Key Clams; Key West Conch Fritters; Shrimp Quesadillas; Crab Cake Sandwich with Premium Claw and Super Lump Crab Meat; and Fried Lobster Po’ Bo with Maine Lobster Claw & Knuckle Meat.