Lives on Block Island
Cariona came to Block Island when she was 16 years old and began working at the Bellevue House as a chambermaid. By 17 she was the assistant manager, and at 18 was promoted to manager. Two years later she started the Block Island Accommodation Service, which handles the reservations for five island properties, while also managing the hiring of personnel and daily maintenance. She had a desire to expand the inn and offer packages to guests, and then created Old Harbor Fishing Charters. Her creativity was further demonstrated when she developed a website to promote the business and schedule of charter fishing trips. She coordinates packages with bike rentals, moped rentals and kayak rentals and creates a powerful web presence and marketing strategy for these various entities that are independently successful while cross promoting.