Waterfront Properties and Club Communities Employs Popular South Florida Musician

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Clark Rodriguez, an information-technology specialist who works in a 68-degree office, has a passion for playing the guitar in outdoor, tropical venues.

Clark Rodriguez strums his six-string at sunset.

The husband, father and grandfather first strummed his favorite instrument at the age of 5 and started taking lessons when he was 11.

When Waterfront Properties and Club Communities recently hired Clark Rodriguez as its information-technology specialist, the Palm Beach County, Fla. real-estate agency got a lot more than just an "I.T. guy." It got a local celebrity.

By day, Rodriguez sets up computers, manages servers and helps real-estate agents with software programs. By night, he is a rocking one-man band at the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island in South Florida.

The guitar player and vocalist, whose superb song list spans decades, as well as genres, is a crowd favorite at the marina’s fabled Sunset Celebration. He is a regular there -- the Sunset Celebration is from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday -- and also plays at other cool venues around town, including Tall Tales Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens and the North Palm Beach Country Club.

The husband, father and grandfather first strummed his favorite instrument at the age of 5 and started taking lessons when he was 11.

Rodriguez loves all kinds of music but is particular to Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson – both of whom are locals occasionally spotted at places such as the Sailfish. When Jackson showed up at a Sunset Celebration gig one night, Rodriguez was playing. The country singer approached him, complimented him on his music and signed his Epiphone guitar.

“He said, ‘Hey, man, I heard you playing when I first came in, and you sounded really good’,” Rodriguez said.

Jackson isn’t Rodriguez’ only celebrity encounter. Donald Trump, who owns one of the most famous waterfront homes in Palm Beach County, The Mar-a-Lago Club, was in another part of his ocean-to-lake mansion when Rodriguez was playing a gig at the Beach Club. Trump’s son, Barron, was dancing and singing to the music. Barron had so much fun, he ran to tell his father about “the guitar man.”

Trump walked over to the Beach Club, shook Rodriguez’ hand, slipped him a $100 bill and asked if he’d be back again.

Rodriguez describes his music as “the other side of me.” He is dedicated to his job at Waterfront Properties and has been there since 2008.

“I love how well my bosses work with you to make sure everything is going well for you,” he said. “I feel this is the best job I have ever had.”

Founded more than three decades ago by a family from the northern Palm Beach County town of Jupiter, Waterfront Properties delivers a standard of service unparalleled in the area and has a team of sales agents dedicated to serving their clients’ real-estate needs.

For information, call (561) 746-7272 or visit http://www.waterfront-properties.com.

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