Originally from Valdosta, Georgia, Spence and Jessie Romine along with their new-born daughter Marleigh made Anna Maria Island their home in the Spring of 2011 when they purchased the Sunrise Garden Resort.
Now married for 7 years, Spence, who previously started and ran a successful business, and Jessie, who had taught 4th grade, came to the island determined to bring back the charm of an "Old Florida" resort. With that goal in mind, the Romines went straight to work updating the property while also bringing back a customer service mentality that had previously been lacking. In May of 2012, a House Hunters episode was filmed chronicling their move from living at the hotel property to a house at the very northern tip of the island.
While in the process of bringing Sunrise Garden back to where it is today, they welcomed their son, Hudson, in the Spring of 2013.