For the team at Blue Marlin Realty Group, business is about more than selling real estate, it's about building relationships in the community they love and support.



"It's the culture of our people that are in this business," said Jerry Sullivan, broker associate. "We are not a big chain or national company. We are individualized to this area, and this town is supported by the locals."



As a boutique real estate company, Blue Marlin is small enough to know your name, but big enough to assist you with all of your buying or selling needs along the Emerald Coast.



Blue Marlin's staff prides itself on being community minded, supporting a wide variety of charities throughout the Destin area, whether it's Little League Baseball, a local racecar driver, the continually growing Girls Night Out, or the Sacred Heart Foundation.



Blue Marlin partnered with Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for the grand opening of "Ruth's East Bar" Friday night and all of the event's proceeds benefited the Sacred Heart Foundation and the purchase of a PET/CT scanner. The imaging system is used to detect and diagnose cancer, while also monitoring cancer therapy and other diseases and neurological conditions.



Sullivan told The Log that donating toys to children in need is especially close to his heart. For the past two years, Blue Marlin has collected toy donations for the holidays.



"All families go through hard times, whether it's a death, an illness or financially," he said. "Christmas is a time for family and spending time with one another, and sometimes your community becomes your family."



"If a family for whatever reason can't have what others can and they are suffering, we want to help," Sullivan added. "We saw the excitement in the faces of those children, and the excitement in the faces of our family, friends and clients as they brought in toys."



As a locally owned company, Sullivan and his wife Leslie know the importance of supporting fellow small businesses that add the local flavor to Destin. Whether it's the Destin Water Taxi or the local restaurants, they are vital to the city's success.



"It's the heart of everything that Blue Marlin is about," Leslie said.



Blue Marlin Realty Group is located at 970 Gulf Shore Drive and can be reached by phone at 850-837-7800 or on the web at www.bluemarlinrealtygroup.com.



If you are looking for a quaint beach cottage, a picturesque waterfront condo, or a home in one of the truly unique gated communities, Blue Marlin’s dedicated staff has the knowledge and expertise to help buyers “live the dream” from the beaches of Holiday Isle and Crystal Beach to Seaside, Watercolor and Rosemary Beach.



"Blue Marlin is about fun; it's our lives," Jerry said. "It's work, but work is fun. It's all about the relationships that we build, and we pride ourselves on those relationships."