Sue inducted into The International Women’s Leadership Association.

"You (Sue) were considered for this honor based on your outstanding leadership skills, commitment to your profession, and contributions to your community", explained Beth Johnston, Executive Director.

The IWLA recognizes women from around the world, from aspiring professionals to the most accomplished. Inclusion in The IWLA is a privilege shared by thousands of women throughout the world.

HGTV’s Island Life: Episode with Sue and Little Gasparilla Island

Southwest Florida Barrier Island to Shine in National Spotlight

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2015) – Little Gasparilla Island will shine in the national spotlight when HGTV’sIsland Life airs two episodes featuring the Southwest Florida barrier island and Realtor Sue Paskert of Palermo Real Estate Professionals. The initial episode, titled “A Couple Sells a Business to Move to a Secluded Home on Little Gasparilla Island,” will air at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. Air date of the second episode has not been announced. 

An HGTV crew spent two weeks in July on Little Gasparilla Island shooting two episodes for the second season of the popular series.They worked with Realtor Sue Paskert, Palermo Real Estate Professionals, who will be featured in both episodes. The initial episode follows Mike and Carina Connolly from Las Vegas as Ms. Paskert helps them search for a full-time residence on the island.

Island Life producers reached out to Ms. Paskert in April after reviewing her extensive online presence and her website,  During an interview through Skype, she fielded questions about Little Gasparilla Island while producers checked her stage presence. The couple featured in the episode were clients of Ms. Paskert’s and they went through the same vetting process.

The Charlotte County Film Office assisted the show producer with providing film footage of the area and local contacts. The crew of eight spent two weeks at Hideaway Bay Beach Condominiums on Little Gasparilla Island.

There are no paved roads on Little Gasparilla Island and no bridge or public ferry to the island. The barrier island is accessible by water taxi and personal watercraft. The sandy paths that form the roads are barely wide enough for two golf carts to pass.

To expedite filming, the production company hired a barge and brought two SUVs packed with equipment to the island. Island residents, referred to as islanders, provided them with the use of golf carts. They were packing a tight shooting schedule into two weeks, and getting around the island quickly was imperative. Additional filming was done at Don Pedro Island State Park, which is adjacent to Little Gasparilla to the north, andoff-island, including a mainland restaurant. 

In the television industry, reality TV has a number of sub-categories. For example, shows about buying beachfront property, or living on an island, are in a category called fantasy destination programming.

About the series, HGTV says “Most people only fantasize about living on an island, but we'll prove that an Island Life is possible for anyone. Tropical dreamers will be shown island properties that fit into any budget, from ultra-affordable to totally outrageous. We'll follow everyday families in search of their own slice of paradise, and prove that fantasy can be reality.”

Ms. Paskert previously appeared in one episode of Beachfront Bargain Hunt, another HGTV fantasy destination program that also filmed on Little Gasparilla Island two years ago. Ms. Paskert knows the island well; she and her husband George have had a residence on Little Gasparilla Island since 1988.

The HGTV appearance “really validated who we were and what we were doing on Little Gasparilla Island,” Ms. Paskert said, “I think all Islanders benefited from the experience.

“I don’t know what to expect from Island Life. I’m very curious to see what comes up,” she said.  “But I have to believe it’ll have the same positive results as Beachfront Bargain Hunt.”

*Information added to original article to clarify HGTV's schedule change.

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Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty.  In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY.A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S.  The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

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