About the Owner
Mel and I were married in 1952 and moved to Orlando, Florida in 1957 where we raised our 4 children. Our family’s favorite vacation spot was at the beach in Sarasota where we rented accommodations for our family of 6 until 1985 when we finally purchased our beautiful ocean front condominium. The Fechter family’s place at the beach has been a favorite respite and happy place for all our children and grandchildren. Each family member has special memories of escaping to the beach whenever the stresses of daily life dictated some time away in a completely relaxing locale. Once the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren became scattered across the U.S., we began sharing our little slice of paradise with others, making it available for lucky visitors to Siesta Key.
We have welcomed vacationers from all over the world. Some of our guests come year after year. We firmly believe in personal service and attention. The comfort of our guests is a number one priority. Living near Siesta Village — less than 10 minutes away — allows us to make ourselves available in case of emergency or other needs. You will enjoy complete privacy and autonomy during your visit but will also have the peace of mind knowing you have access to a caring local owner who can quickly respond to your needs.
Over the years, Mel and I have thoroughly enjoyed personally meeting all our guests. Even as a 96 year old “young man”, Mel was energetic, bright and witty. Sadly, at the age of 98, on March 5, 2019, Mel passed away. He was a retired attorney. I am a retired public school teacher and school counselor. We were married for nearly 67 years.
With these challenging times and for the comfort of our guests, we now have a keyless, no-contact check-in procedure. Prior to arrival, our guests are sent our “Information For Our Guests” packet which gives them all the information they might need to get settled right in. Also, we are only a phone call and a few miles away if you have any questions or need anything!
Essie & Mel Celebrating their 64th Wedding Anniversary in Siesta Key Village, March 16, 2016