Meet the Pelagic Property Team

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Barton Smith

Founder / Attorney

Barton Smith founded Pelagic Property Management and under his direction, the company has focused on multifamily and commercial property management.  

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Mr. Smith has been actively involved in investing in the Florida Keys as well as representing development throughout the Florida Keys.  Mr. Smith’s knowledge of Florida Keys real estate has allowed him to work through the difficult regulatory procedures required to develop and operate real estate in the Florida Keys.  As the managing partner, Mr. Smith is responsible for the oversight of all of Pelagic’s managed properties including implementation and enhancement of the company’s Standard Operating Procedures, and maintaining operating budgets.

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Leslie Johnson

Vice President, CAM

Leslie Johnson began her career selling medical supplies for Medline Industries in 1997 in the Chicago area and quickly moved into Sales Management along with managing one of the top sales territories in the company.  

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In 2005, Leslie left Medline and moved to Key West for a position in her family’s Property Management Company Green Fairways where her duties included Financial Reporting and Accounting, Staffing, and Employee management of Commercial Office Buildings, Golf Courses, Marinas, Apartments, Mobile Home Parks, Home Owner’s Associations, and Mining Operations.   She began working in the same capacity at Pelagic Property Management, LLC in 2017.  Ms. Johnson also manages development, take-over and transition of new properties.  Leslie has developed and maintained close working relationships with vendors in Key West enhanced by her many years of volunteering at her children’s schools, The Chamber of Commerce, and The Lower Keys Medical Center Advisory Board.  Bachelor’s of Business Marketing, University of Iowa 1995.
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Mayra Meckel

Property Manager

Mayra Meckel began her career at Lane Company Management in 1996, and then she worked for Epoch Management, Property Counselors Management Group, Keys Property Management Group and moved to the Keys in 2014.  

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She began with Pelagic Property Management in 2015.  Her career encompasses managing properties with 150 units to 531 units.  She is currently managing 137 units for Pelagic Property Management.  She has a history of reducing delinquency, handling renewals, managing projects, and increasing occupancy to 100%.  Follows Monroe County Affordable Housing Guidelines and prepares monthly reports to Monroe County and other Agencies.  Mayra is very effective with tenant relations and extremely dedicated to her job. She speaks English and Spanish.
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Kathryn Ovide

Marina Manager

Kathy Ovide joined the Pelagic Property Management team in 2018 following her retirement from 36 years in Public Utility Customer Service and Administrative Management.

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Kathy is a native Key West resident and is active in the community.  She serves on the City Of Key West Historic Bight Management Board, the Lower Keys Hospital District Board with oversight over the Nursing and Rehabilitation Agency in the Lower Keys.  Her role with Pelagic Property Management is to maintain reservations for the 56 slips owned by the Smith family as well as an approximate 17 slips which we manage for private owners.  Additionally, she manages the Assessment Accounts for the 120 Slip Owners and assists the owners with a variety of needs.
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Kaitlin Harchuska


Kaitlin has a Master’s in Accounting and handles daily entries of invoices, payments, journal entries, and bank reconciliations for all residential properties via Appfolio.

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Kristen Smith

Part Time Office Assistant

Kristen handles payments for residential properties, makes bank deposits, filing, answers tenant questions.

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Monica Allen

Part Time Accounting

Daily Sales Entries

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John Brendon Beale


Brendon is in charge of dock maintenance and repairs.

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Michael Nathan

Assistant Dockmaster

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Jose Soriano


Jose handles dry wall, plumbing, painting, roof, and flooring repairs.

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Imar Hermida

Imar handles grounds and landscaping for 4 properties with a total of 65 units.  She is the lead on making the unit ready for rent which includes small carpentry repairs, light fixtures, test smoke alarms, prepping and painting. 
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Kim Sheridan

Sunset Marina Ship Store Manager

Kim manages day to day operations, inventory, and staffing of the Sunset Marina Ship Store.