“We used to assist him at school dances, weddings, sweet sixteens and other events,” she said. “Needless to say, shy was and will never be a word that describes my personality.”
While it would seem that she had many friends because of that, she has stuck with a small core group of friends she has had since high school. More interested in reading than hanging out while in school, she preferred books over people.
“My English teachers would let me read books and write essays instead of participating with the rest of the class,” she said. “It was always my favorite subject. Every summer my sister and I would come to Florida when school let out to visit our mother, (Mary Anne Hastings) and little sister (Pamela Domiano).
It was then she found one of her weaknesses ... golf.
“During our teenage years, our mom worked at Lemon Bay Golf Course. Brittany and I joined the Junior Golf program, which changed my life forever,” Corynne said. “I loved the game, while Brittany tolerated it. You will see me playing the courses in and around Boca on a weekly basis.”
When Corynne finished high school she started working full-time and going to college. It was a busy time for her, with rarely enough time to focus on relaxing. She managed to maintain good grades while getting promoted several times.View More images >>
But it wasn’t surprising, coming from a girl who started working at age 7. At the age of 13 she and her sister were cleaning a bar every Sunday (yes, it was closed and yes, they were supervised.) At 15 she worked at a ski resort, a seasonal position she juggled with a part-time job at a grocery store. At 16 she started her own DJ business on Friday and Saturday nights, working at a local pool hall.
When Corynne finished high school she started working full-time in a delicatessen and studying in her freshman year of college. So when she entered the retail field at a store called Coach Inc. as a sales assistant, it also wasn’t surprising when she was promoted into management by the age of 20.
At the age of 21 she finished her last semester of college, then moved to Philadelphia to work for Lucky Jeans, a popular denim company.
The irony was, as it is with many people: She still didn’t know what she wanted to be when she was grown up. And she was starting to feel like she was already grown up.
“I have always envied people who know what they want to be when they grow up,” she said. “I still have no idea what my overall career will be.”
When Corynne’s father passed away she left Lucky Brand and started a career in real estate, as a leasing consultant for a property management company.
Then she moved back to the Pocono Mountains to work in time shares. Next it was work at a skate shop called Zumiez.
While she still didn’t know what her true profession was, she was having a lot of fun in the meantime.
“How many girls know how to quickly assemble skateboards and snowboards?” she laughed. “But from there, I came here, to Boca Grande.”
She fell in love with the island in the way that many do, but there was an added incentive in the fact that her mother lives here. Mary Anne, the director of the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation, was happy to have her daughter come live with her and experience island life.
“I love Boca Grande,” she said. “Granted, I am no local, but I have the highest level of respect for everyone involved in making Boca Grande what it is, including my stepfather, Lew Hastings. I have met so many amazing people in Boca Grande and at Coral Creek Club. We live in paradise.”
When she’s not working, Corynne can be found on the beach, swimming in the Gulf, kayaking around the bay, playing golf at the Inn or maybe biking to the south end.
“There’s so much to love here,” she said. “Like my favorite spot on the island, overlooking the Bayou, attempting stand-up paddleboarding, working out at the Beach Club, camping on Hoagen Key, fishing the Pass and backwaters, and, of course, the amazing night life. Recently my stepfather and I started SCUBA diving, too."
Her future plans include simply enjoying life right now. She’s spending some time in Pennsylvania this summer, helping friends plan their weddings. She wants to catch a few more tarpon (she fished the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament), ride a few more waves and of course, read a book or two and play some golf.
“My friends in Pennsylvania mock me when I talk about my life here, saying, ‘Oh, poor Corynne. She has to work at an amazing golf course and spend her days at the beach.’ But what I do is really try to take advantage of everything that Boca has to offer.”
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