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+ Hyden earns congressional award East Manatee Fire Rescue Training Officer Tim Hyden, a Braden Woods resident, was honored with the Congressional Career Service Award Sept. 17, during the inaugural 13th Congressional District Fire & Rescue and EMS Awards. Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, established the awards to give special recognition to fire-and-rescue and EMS officers, departments or units for exceptional achievement. “To be a first responder is a demanding profession that requires sacrifice, courage and a dedication to serve others,” Buchanan said. “Every day, brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way to protect our citizens, property and society. They deserve our gratitude and respect. I believe these awards are a fitting tribute to our first responders and a reminder of the important role they play in our communities.” An independent panel chose the award winners.

+ Oasis Church celebrates milestone Members of Oasis Church, which meets at Braden River Elementary School, celebrated the church’s first anniversary with a special Sunday morning service and family fun post-service event Sept. 23. Attendees enjoyed lunch together, as well as inflatables and other activities.

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Fifth-grade students from McNeal Elementary learned about marine life during field trips Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, at Coquina Beach. hands-on By Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

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Dawson Stockton, 10, gets a good look at a pipefish, a relative of the seahorse.

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Parent volunteers Amy Goodman and Denise Radenmacher help student Micah Radenmacher, center, get all the sea creatures from his net. EAST COUNTY — Carson Fischer waded back to shore, checking his net momentarily as he sloshed through water and back onto dry land. He and the rest of the fifthgrade class at McNeal Elementary School were elated as they captured shrimp, small fish and other sea life in shallow waters off Leffis Key Friday, Sept. 28. Students then circled around their finds while instructor Sara McCutcheon, of Nature’s Academy, shared with them about each creature, its environment and other environmental lessons. “It’s been really fun,” Carson said, noting he enjoyed picking up trash along the beach as part of the day’s festivities. “We’ve been help-

ing the environment. It was great. I learned there are all kinds of shrimp called lobster shrimp. I found out there’s such thing as a pipefish; it’s a cousin of the seahorse.” Fifth-grader Colin Apgar agreed. “It was fun,” he said. “I got to see things I’ve never seen before. (We caught) blue crabs and shrimp. You get to see it in pictures, but it’s fun to see it in real life. It was awesome.” Through a field trip with Nature’s Academy, a nonprofit environmental education company that provides custom “edventure” programs to area schools

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Kayla Ryan, 10, collects trash on her way to lunch.

Gayler’s start date, public hearings scheduled David Gayler will start as interim superintendent Oct. 15; public hearings about a permanent superintendent replacement are set. MANATEE COUNTY — MidOctober should prove to be a pivotal time for the Manatee County School Board. Not only will the district have critical information for moving forward with its superintendent search, but it also expects to have a new interim superintendent, David Gayler Gayler, taking the district’s helm. Board members are expected to finalize Gayler’s appointment Oct. 8, at its next regularly scheduled meeting. He is slated to start work Oct. 15, at which time he also will be sworn in for duty. “His intention, he’s told me, is to have a presence in the (district) before then,” School Board Chairman Harry Kinnan said. “We’re not aware of any hang-ups on this (schedule), and he’s already agreed. I think the community and the board are pleased we’re going to be moving forward in this way.” “(Mr. Gayler) has an understanding of our culture and our district; he has proven leadership, and he’s a great communicator,” Kinnan said of why Gayler was selected. “He has the ability to go out and speak to the community about some of his goals and get input from them. The board is really looking for someone to step in and direct the district. He’s going to

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Carson Fischer collects marine creatures during an excursion at Coquina Beach Sept. 28.

ED-VENTURE/PAGE 1A and other organizations, children hiked through Florida’s native habitat, learning about plant and animal adaptations, estu-

SCHOOL BOARD/PAGE 1A be asked to do a lot.” Gayler, the former superintendent of the Charlotte County School District and a former Manatee County Schools assistant superintendent, has agreed to serve the district until March 29, at which time he has other commitments. Kinnan said he does not believe the end date will cause a problem for the district, because the superintendent search will likely take two to four months. “I think the fact we moved so quickly to put the process in place enables us to fulfill

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aries and more. They also cleaned up litter along the beach and scooped up marine creatures for a hands-on marine biology lessons. “We’re trying to share with our local community what’s in their backyard,” said Dana Pounds, co-founder of Nature’s Academy. “Twenty percent to 40% of the students (we teach) have never been to the Gulf of Mexico. “The area grows each year and so does the impact on water quality,” she said. “We’re hoping we can instill a sense of stewardship with (children) and share with them what’s in their backyard, how it works, why it’s important, what’s threatening it and how we can make it better. We can preach about why we shouldn’t litter or add extra fertilizers on our lawns or pesticides in our gardens, but until you really understand the impact you have, there’s really no connection to the land or the water.” McNeal participated in Nature Academy’s grant-funded Island Adventures Project, which will service five Manatee County elementary schools this year, including Rowlett and Bashaw elementary schools. Following last week’s excursion, McNeal fifth-grade classrooms received a small stipend with which they will create water-conservation projects. The students, Pound said, then are tasked with educating their fellow students with what they’ve learned, and so they will help promote that timeline,” he said. Dr. Wayne Blanton, of the Florida School Boards Association, will conduct the search for the new permanent superintendent, and he already has assisted with finding the district an interim superintendent. Blanton is slated to meet with school board members for a workshop Oct. 22, after the district has solicited feedback from the community about the superintendent search. Public hearings on the search are scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 11, at Braden River High School; Oct. 15, at Manatee High School’s Davis Theater; and Oct. 16, at Palmetto High School’s Auditorium.

Nature’s Academy Education Director Sara McCutcheon talks with students about blue crabs and other species they collected from the water. stewardship of natural resources. McNeal fifth-grade teacher Kathy Kimes said the experience will provide year-long learning opportunities for students. “It gives me the physical experience for the children,” Kimes said. “When I talk about adaptations, I can say, ‘Remember (on the field trip). They have that (firsthand knowledge). Our brain works on

Manatee County’s former superintendent, Tim McGonegal, resigned Sept. 10, three days after announcing the district was facing a $3.4 million budget deficit because of accounting errors. Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Bob Gagnon was appointed as superintendent on an interim basis that night at the school board meeting. School board members voted Sept. 24 to find a full-time interim superintendent to lead the district until a permanent replacement can be found, allowing Gagnon to focus on his responsibilities as assistant superintendent.

making connections. They remember this.” Nature’s Academy launched its Island Adventures Project in 2009 and hopes to fund marine-science field trips for every fifth-grade student in Manatee and Pinellas counties by 2020, Pounds said. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

Superintendent Search Public Hearings: • 6 p.m. Oct. 11 — Braden River High School Auditorium, 6545 State Road 70 E., Bradenton • 6 p.m. Oct. 15 — Manatee High School’s Davis Theater, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton • 6 p.m. Oct. 16 — Palmetto High School Auditorium, 1200 17th St. W., Bradenton

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Ranch gears up for first Italian fest Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corp. will host the family-friendly event Oct. 6.

New home construction in The Lake Club, in Lakewood Ranch, is well under way. There have been 27 new home sales in the community year-to-date.

Downward trend means ‘up’ in real-estate market Statistics show buyers are feeling more confident in the housing economy. EAST COUNTY — According to figures released by the Manatee Association of REALTORS, all indicators are pointing toward a healthier real-estate market. Recent statistics show the real-estate market in the Bradenton/Sarasota area is following national trends, with median home prices, pending sales and closed sales all up — more than 28% compared to this time last year for single-family homes in the area. Additionally, homes are staying on the market for less time, and fewer homes remain on the Multiple Listing Service. “It’s just busy,” said Leslie Wells, president of MAR. “All the agents we talk to are busy. We’re seeing, I think, a shrinking inventory, and, consequently, new home construction is up because of it.” Jimmy Stewart, vice president of sales for LWR Communities, a subsidiary of Lakewood Ranch developer SchroederManatee Ranch, reported nearly 400 new homes had sold in Lakewood Ranch through Aug. 31 — a 40% increase compared to 2011. The community also saw 251 re-sales through the same period. “Here, of all of the sales, 61% year-todate are new home sales,” he said. “That’s absolutely inverse to any other community out there.” Additionally, in Lakewood Ranch individuals can purchase a brand-new home for about 10% more than a re-sale. Currently, 214 homes are under construction in Lakewood Ranch, he said. Stewart said he is seeing more local activity in the housing market and wants to make more lots available to builders to keep up with demand for new homes. Numbers also indicate there is a resurgence in the high-end luxury-home market. In Lakewood Ranch’s most exclusive community, The Lake Club, there have been 27 sales year-to-date, with homes there priced at more than $1.2 million. “That’s a discretionary purchase,” Stewart said. “We don’t really compete with other (communities) in this area, but we compete with other destinations, such as Naples and Palm Beach. People are liking

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homes in Lakewood Ranch in 2012, through Aug. 31 397 — Number of new home sales as of Aug. 31, in Lakewood Ranch

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“I’m seeing moves up and moves down within Lakewood Ranch,” said Jimmy Stewart, vice president of sales for LWR Communities, a subsidiary of Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch.

CASH PURCHASES FOR HOMES ON THE RISE Housing-industry professionals said they are seeing an increase in cash buyers again. During the most recent real-estate boom, high numbers of cash purchases often indicated an infiltration of investors in the real-estate market. Now, however, it means babyboomers are re-entering the market to purchase secondary homes, said Jimmy Stewart, vice president of sales for LWR Southwest Florida and (what the area) offers.” Peter Mason, president of sales for homebuilder Lee Wetherington Homes, agreed, noting the time when landowners were sitting on the sidelines, waiting to step back into the market, is now over. In The Founders Club, Lee Wetherington has seen three local custom-home purchases in four months. “This is a phenomenal sign of recovery in the Sarasota region,” Mason said. “Summer is traditionally slow for real estate in Florida, and to see the luxury market picking back up again in The Founder’s Club is a great sign of things to come this season. It’s really a strong indication that the local market is moving again.” Mason said the builder started a spec home to help drive traffic; the investment seems to be working. “(Buyers) feel now is the right time,” he said. “It’s nice to have people excited about housing again.” MAR’s figures show existing inventory also is seeing increased activity. Its most recent report shows single-family

Communities, a subsidiary of Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. “Baby-boomers are sitting on a lot of cash,” he said. “We are seeing them at our information centers. These are people who have been visiting us for the last five to six years. They’re not retired yet, but media and market has told them it’s OK to buy now. They feel confident.” homes are being snatched up quickly with homes spending only 50 days on the market compared to 74 last year, a 32.7% decrease. Although new listings were up slightly — 8.8% (334 homes), home inventory is down 25.4%, from 1,494 to 1,114. Townhouses and condominiums are seeing a similar trend, spending 72 days on the market compared to 87 at the same time in 2011 — a 17.2% change. New listings are down 9.4%, and the number of units available for purchase has decreased by 21.9%, from 816 to 637. In the Multiple Listing Service, Stewart said, about 16% of homes are tagged as distressed properties, meaning they either are bank-owned or short sales. That figure is consistent with Lakewood Ranch’s resale homes, as well. “We have a very low re-sale inventory,” Stewart said. “There are about 115 homes active on the market out of 8,000.” The 115-home figure hasn’t changed much over the last year, indicating remaining inventory likely is not priced at market value and properties have been “picked over,” Stewart said.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — First generation Italian-American Stella Olinger’s eyes light up as soon as she starts talking about her Italian heritage. Although the Italian festivals in which she participated as a child originated as religious celebrations, they also were great family- and community-focused events. “We all grew up with them, especially in the Northeast,” Olinger said. “Everybody goes. It’s a great celebration of life, and it’s part of the Italian culture.” Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corp. will host Lakewood Ranch’s first “Festa Italia” from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6, at Central Park, 12150 Forest Park Circle, Lakewood Ranch. Parking will be available at B.D. Gullett Elementary, and a shuttle will transport festival-goers to the event. Attendees can enjoy live musical, opera and dance performances, as well as pony rides, a magician, crafters, face painting, photo opportunities and more. Fresh Italian food such as brick-oven baked pizza, shrimp scampi, zeppole and spedini and more will be available for purchase. “It’s so Italian,” said festival organizer, Lori Basilone, director of CAC. “You’ve got to do everything. I think (the event) taps in on all levels of interest; there’s something for everyone. Whether you are Italian or not, you are for the day.” Attendees also can participate in their choice of three contests: pizza eating, dog costume and Venetian mask. For the dog-costume contest, dogs and their owners can enter in one of three categories: Mario and Luigi, Milan runway fashion and Renaissance. Contest registration costs $5 and starts at 11 a.m., with judging starting around noon. A raffle being held also will benefit the Manatee County Humane Society; the grand-prize winner will get a seven-night stay in Florence, Italy. Tickets cost $10 apiece or $25 for three. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

IF YOU GO Festa Italia Lakewood Ranch When: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 Where: Central Park, 12150 Forest Park Circle, Lakewood Ranch Contests: Pizza eating, dog costume and Venetian mask contests. Raffle tickets for seven-day stay in Italy and other prizes available at select sites or online at lwrcac.com. Parking: Gullett Elementary School, 12125 44th Ave. E., Lakewood Ranch. Free transportation to festival site available. Info: lwrcac.com

Event Schedule: 11:15 a.m. — Opera singer Joe Spinella 11:45 a.m. — Marcella Brown 12:15 p.m. — Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra 12:45 p.m. — Tarantella Dancers (TK) 1:15 p.m. — Dog costume contest winners announced 1:45 p.m. — Opera singer Joe Spinella 2:15 p.m. — Pizza-eating contest 2:35 p.m. — Tarantella Dancers 3:05 p.m. — Opera singer Joe Spinella 3:30 p.m. — Venetian mask contest 4 p.m. — Brian Tennyson, as Frank Sinatra


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+ East County youth named national scholarship finalist Braden River High School’s Ashley Gillam is one of two Manatee County high school students who have been named

semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, according to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. She and Kwesi Kwapong, of Southeast High School, now have a chance to compete for about 800 achievement scholarship awards, worth about $2.5 million, to be offered next spring. Finalists for the program are expected to be announced in January.

In the Kitchen (VIDEO): Personal trainer and Sarasota resident Colleen Yuskaitis enjoys preparing foods to provide fuel for an active lifestyle. This week, Yuskaitis shares a quick and easy recipe for a vegan-friendly, high-protein snack that you can take on the go.

MOST READ STORIES ONLINE LAST WEEK: 1. “race to the top: Jesse Ansley” (Sept. 26) 2. “PHOTO GALLErY: Golf Challenge” (Sept. 24) 3. “Game Changer: Mike Whitehead (Sept. 26) 4. “PHOTO GALLErY: Swimming Tri Meet” (Sept. 26) 5. “Charity reaps reward in ‘storage war’”” (Sept. 26)

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Eight players from Braden River High School’s varsity girls team headed Sept. 26, to Freedom Elementary School, where they shared their favorite childhood books with kindergarten students. The girls took turns reading stories to children in six classrooms. “I thought it was a great experience,” team Co-Capt. Jenny Linde said. “It’s cool to represent our team.” Teammate Carley Engelberger agreed. “I think it’s great to have them see high school students sharing their favorite books with them,” she said. “I still remember college and high school kids coming into classrooms when I (was their age).”

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Alliance, Observer seek Sandies award submissions Application submissions for Citizen of the Year, and other awards, are due Oct. 8. LAKEWOOD RANCH — The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the East County Observer again have joined forces to recognize Lakewood Ranch’s outstanding businesses and citizens, during the upcoming Sandies Awards. The event will recognize Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance members in the categories of “Entrepreneurial Spirit,” “Corporate Philanthropy” and “Business of the Year.” A “Lakewood Ranch Citizen of the Year” also will be recognized for his or her contributions to the community. “We all know someone who stands out in the community,” said Robin Parsons, business development director for the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. “This person may even be you. This is your chance to honor and identify these people, businesses or yourself that make our community a tremendous place to live and work and play. “These awards honor individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and forge paths of leadership for other businesses to follow,” she said. Organizations or individuals wishing to be considered for any of those categories should contact Amanda Vercheski at 757-1671 or via email at Amanda@lwrba. org. Citizen of the Year applications can be downloaded at LWRBA.org. All application submissions are due by 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, to the Alliance office at 1440 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch,

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+ Funding helps coalition curb underage drinking The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition has been awarded a federal grant to help prevent teens from underage alcohol consumption. The Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act grant will provide more than $193,000 to the organization over the next four years. The STOP Act program was created to strengthen the collaboration between communities and all levels of government to enhance efforts to reduce alcohol usage among youth. MCSAC will focus on three new initiatives: the Safe Teen Intervention Task Force: on the beach intervention and enforcement effort; a Parents Who Host Lose the Most media campaign; and the launch of the Manatee County Youth Commission.

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+ County renames Convention Center After heated debate Sept. 25, members of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted 5-2 to rename the newly renovated Manatee County Convention Center to the “Bradenton Area Convention Center.” Re-branding experts had recommended the name change.

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The property amendments

Frederic Bastiat, the great French economic journalist of the 1840s, would be launching into tirades on talk radio today if he were asked to analyze the proposed constitutional amendments on Florida’s Nov. 6 ballot. Milton Friedman, the late, great American economist, wouldn’t go into tirades. His personality wasn’t that way. Friedman instead would merely point out, in an even-toned way, the stupidity of the overall condition. Bastiat, the author of “The Law,” a short book that should be required reading in all American schools, would say the proposed amendments demonstrate as most laws do that: “The law has been perverted by the influence of two entirely different causes: stupid greed and false philanthropy.” And Friedman would say the 11 proposed amendments merely prove once again Friedman’s rule of laws, as he spelled out in his famous book, “Free to Choose”: That is, that well-meaning lawmakers create laws to right a perceived wrong for the benefit of a special group. Inevitably, though, these new laws almost always create unintended consequences that cause the well-meaning lawmakers to create more laws to right the unintended consequences of the first laws. And so on and so on. An endless train of laws. Perverted laws, Bastiat would say. Laws perverted that make the plunder of others legal. This is especially so when you look at the five proposed amendments that address property taxes — Amendments 2, 4, 9, 10 and 11. All of these amendments, if approved, either would confer special benefits on special groups or attempt to right the unintended consequences of previously approved laws. To a degree, all of the amendments meet the crucial standard we require for “yes” votes on the amendments — that is, if approved they would increase Floridians’ individual freedom. Unfortunately, each amendment would increase freedom only for some Floridians because they will reduce taxes for special groups. (Lower taxation increases freedom.) In other words, parts of these amendments, unfortunately, will create subsidies for a special few at the expense of the many. This is bad lawmaking — perverted but legal plunder, Bastiat would say. But as you will read below, the lawmakers who crafted these proposed amendments did so to create forced philanthropy for truly special groups — combat-wounded veterans; surviving spouses of deceased military veterans and first responders; and low-income seniors. How can you say “no” to them?

Amendment 2

Veterans disabled due to combat injury; homestead property tax discount

Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the state constitution to expand the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when

they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Already a part of the state constitution is the law that gives a property-tax discount on homesteaded property owned and lived in by combat-wounded veterans age 65 or older who are partially or totally permanently disabled, were residents of Florida at the time of entering the military service and who were honorably discharged from the military. The discount is a percentage equal to the percentage of the veteran’s serviceconnected disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Amendment 2 proposes to make a small change, but one that would significantly widen the number of eligible veterans and likely attract other combat-wounded veterans to Florida. Here’s the change: The amendment would remove the requirement that the veteran must have been a Florida resident at the time of entering the military. This would allow any combat-wounded veteran age 65 or older and a property owner who resides permanently in Florida to receive an additional homestead exemption-property-tax break. Typically, we are adamantly opposed to any government subsidies for any group. But veterans wounded in the protection of our nation are not just any group. They deserve this small benefit. Recommendation: Yes.

Amendment 4

Property-tax limitations; property-value decline; reduction for non-homestead assessment increases; delay of scheduled repeal.

Proposing amendments to Sections 4 and 6 of Article VII and Section 27 of Article XII and the creation of Sections 32 and 33 of Article XII of the State Constitution to allow the Legislature by general law to prohibit increases in the assessed value of homestead and specified non-homestead property if the just value of the property decreases, reduce the limitation on annual assessment increases applicable to non-homestead real property, provide an additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who have not owned homestead property for a specified time before purchase of the current homestead property, and application and limitations with respect thereto, delay the future repeal of provisions limiting annual assessment increases for specified non-homestead real property, and provide effective dates.

Lawmakers should be tarred, feathered and kicked in the rears for voting this proposed amendment onto the ballot. Florida judges in recent years routinely have removed proposed amendments from the ballot for violating the rule that restricts proposed amendments to one subject. This one addresses four. Yes, they’re all related to property taxes,

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THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco

but each part of the amendment relates to a different aspect of the current state constitution. What’s more, unless voters are inclined to research the details of each part — and most voters, in our view, are not likely to do so — there is a high likelihood voters won’t really understand what they are voting for or against or the consequences of their vote. Perhaps the saving grace of this amendment is that if you read the amendment summary closely, it has key words that signal this amendment overall is a benefit to taxpayers and that it will limit government’s power to tax. Consider these key words and phrases: • “… law to prohibit increases in the assessed value …” • “… reduce the limitation on annual assessment increases …” • “… provide an additional homestead exemption …” • “… delay the future repeal … limiting annual assessment increases …” So let’s translate each of the four parts: Part 1: The first part of the amendment addresses a provision in the law that allows property appraisers to increase the assessed taxable value on your property even in times when the just value (or market value) declines — as occurred in many instances in the most recent recession. For instance, say your home carried an assessed value of $500,000 and a market value of $600,000. Now say the recession dropped your market value to $570,000. You would think your assessed value would fall or stay the same. But Florida law allows property appraisers to increase the assessed value on homesteaded properties at the lesser of 3% or the CPI even when market values fall. This amendment would stop that. It’s a benefit to taxpayers. Part II: This would reduce the maximum allowable property-tax increase on nonhomesteaded properties (i.e. all commercial buildings and snowbirds’ residences) from 10% to 5%. Ever since the “Save Our Homes” amendment was adopted in 1992, this was one of gross inequities of that amendment. While the maximum assessment on homesteaded residences could be 3% per year, there previously was no limit on how high assessments could rise on nonhomesteaded properties. During the boom, snowbirds and commercial property owners almost rioted when they saw appraisers increase their annual taxable assessments 12%, 15% and higher. Voters subsequently placed a 10% cap on the increase. This amendment proposes that cap be limited to a maximum increase of 5% on non-homesteaded properties. This would be another boost to freedom and the Florida economy, improving the value and attractiveness of owning Florida real estate. Part III: This portion of the amendment proposes a new tax benefit for full-time resident home buyers who have not received the homestead exemption in the three years prior to their purchase. The benefit: a homestead exemption equal


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to 50% of the market value of the purchased home (capped at the median market value of homes in the county). This exemption would be reduced 20% a year for five years. In typical legislative fashion, this portion of the amendment confers a special unearned benefit on a small group of homebuyers. Obviously, it is designed to spur home buying, which would help the economy. But here again, it’s a lousy, unnecessary, perverted subsidy. Part IV: The last part of this proposed amendment would extend from 2019 to 2023 the period property appraisers must limit increases in assessed values to no more than 5% on non-homestead properties. That’s a good thing. State analysts estimate this amendment could cost taxing authorities up to $616 million in recurring lost revenues statewide. Either counties, municipalities and school districts would have to cut their spending; shift the burden to other taxpayers; or create a combination of cuts and shifts. What analysts do not estimate is how much new economic activity and tax revenues these savings would create. Altogether, this amendment offers three fixes to unintended consequences of previous amendments, while at the same time it is negatively tainted by the perverted 50% tax-break for home buyers. The good (more freedom for taxpayers, more limits on government) outweighs the bad. Recommendation: Yes.

AMENDMENT 9

Homestead property-tax exemption for surviving spouse of military veteran or first responder

Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the state constitution to allow the Legislature by general law to provide ad-valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran who died from service-connected causes while on active duty or a surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty, provide definitions with respect thereto, and provide an effective date.

To argue against this amendment would be throwing yourself into the lion’s den. Unlike most subsidies, this would not be an unearned benefit.

This proposed amendment easily meets our increased-freedom test. Lower taxes increases individual freedom. Recommendation: Yes.

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AMENDMENT 11

Additional homestead exemption; lowincome seniors who maintain longterm residency on property; equal to assessed value

However … the benefit should stop here. Knowing how lawmakers behave, it likely won’t. For now … Recommendation: Yes.

Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII of the state constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to allow counties and municipalities to grant an additional homestead tax exemption equal to the assessed value of homestead property, if the property has a just value lower than a specified amount, to an owner who has maintained permanent residency on the property for a specified duration, who has attained age 65, and whose household income does not exceed a specified amount.

AMENDMENT 10

Tangible personal property-tax exemption

Proposing an amendment to Section 3 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the state constitution to provide an additional exemption from ad valorem taxes on tangible personal property valued at more than $25,000 but less than $50,000, to authorize a county or municipality to provide an additional exemption from ad valorem taxation for tangible personal property by ordinance as provided by general law and to provide an effective date.

If only this proposed amendment went all the way — completely eliminating Florida’s dreaded tangible personal-property tax. It’s one of the most-hated state taxes among Florida’s millions of small businesses. We like what Lee County Property Appraiser Kenneth Wilkinson, author of the famous “Save Our Homes” amendment, told our sister paper, the Gulf Coast Business Review, about the tangible personal-property tax. He says it’s a form of double taxation. When a business owner in Florida buys equipment valued at more than $25,000, he pays a sales tax of 6% or 7% on the equipment and then must pay the tangible property tax annually thereafter. Think of what this transfer of cash from the small business to the government does to the economy. Rather than allow the business access to that capital to invest in more productive equipment to grow its business and, presumably, create more jobs, instead that capital flows into and through the coffers of the government bureaucrats. They take their piece of that tax to pay themselves and then redistribute what’s left to administer some government program that typically is less efficient than the private sector. Here again, Bastiat would go crazy.

This amendment would give counties and municipalities the ability to eliminate the assessment of property taxes on homesteaded Floridians over age 65 who have maintained permanent residency in the state for 25 or more years, whose properties are assessed at less than $250,000 and whose household income is less than $27,030. This is one of those tear-jerker, how-can-you-refuse benefits for lowincome seniors. In colder terms it’s conferring another special exception to a special group. Arguing against this is like saying let widows and orphans starve. The truth of the matter is this amendment, if approved, is not going to benefit many people. The Legislature’s Revenue Estimating Conference said if all Florida counties and municipalities enacted the measure (and they won’t), it might cost $9 million a year in lost property-tax revenue. Recommendation: Yes. The moral of these amendments is this: As long as we have elected lawmakers, we will have legal plunder, perverted taxation and constitutional amendments conferring benefits to a few via Florida’s property-tax laws. It’s enough to make you question the efficacy of property taxation to begin with. Next week: Amendments 1, 3, 5, 8, 12

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Political trash talkers and their supporters have double standards What does it say when the Democratic congressional candidate brings in Sandra Fluke? Ana Maria Rosato is the former spokesperson for the Keith Fitzgerald Campaign for Congress. She recently resigned her visible position after her potty mouth became known to the public. Her vulgar online postings are not an isolated incident among the liberal fringe of the Democratic Party. Practically every Democrat from the president to Keith Fitzgerald had a predictable fur-ball over Rush Limbaugh’s description of Sandra Fluke — a word we’ll avoid using here. Yet no one from the president down to Keith Fitzgerald ever mentioned Ed Schultz of MSNBC when he made a remark on May 23, 2011, calling radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham the same word that Limbaugh used. That one hit home for me. Ms. Ingraham was a student at Glastonbury High School in Connecticut during my first teaching assignment. The Dartmouth grad received her law degree before becoming one of the most brilliant political commentators on cable television. What happened in the liberal blogosphere after Schultz’s remark? Nothing. And of course, President Obama has declined to condemn TV comedian Bill Maher for calling former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin a despicable term during a live show in Dallas. Really? The president pleads that in criticizing Limbaugh he’s protecting his daughters from Rush Limbaugh’s big stumbling mouth. But the president then at the same press conference refused to protect Mrs. Palin. Obviously, the president really is more interested in the $1 million Bill Maher contributed to a friendly super-political action committee rather than women who might disagree with him politically. To date, Keith Fitzgerald has not issued any public condemnation of Bill Maher. Yet, he brings in Sandra Fluke to Sarasota and hires a rabid feminist as his contact with the public. Ana Maria Rosato, Keith Fitzgerald, Sandra Fluke and Barack Obama, all use outrage selectively. It’s time to send Mr. Fitzgerald and President Obama a message! Geoffrey G. Fisher is a history and government teacher in Sarasota. He served for six years as a public official in Connecticut and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford. His blog is theamericanthinkingcap. blogspot.com.

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thursday, oct. 4 World Animal Day Celebration — takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Animal Sactuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. The free event includes educational presentations by experts on exotic and endangered animals, exhibits by animal-welfare groups, activities for children and more. Info, bigcathabitat.org or 371-6377. Charity Bartending Fundraiser — takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Event benefits ORT America. 782-0899. International Peacemaker Rev. Made Gunaraksawati Mastra Ten Veen — will speak at 7 p.m. at Peace Presbyterian Church, 10902 Technology Terrace, Lakewood Ranch. Veen is the pastor of Christian Protestant Church, in Bali, Indonesia, and will speak on human trafficking. A special version of the program will be available for youths at 5 p.m. Info, peacepcusa.org.

friday oct. 5 Walk for the Cure Wine Tasting Fundraiser — takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at WineStyles in San Marco Plaza, 8225 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. Join “Team Inspiration” as it raises funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and door prizes. Cost is $10. Info, 306-5804. Music on Main — takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The Lauren Mitchell Band will perform. Proceeds from food and beer

sales benefit C.A.R.E. Event is free. Bring chairs, but no coolers. Karaoke with Cowboy George — takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Linger Lodge Restaurant, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. Info, lingerlodgeresort.com or 755-2757.

saturday, oct. 6 Octobergrass — takes place all day at Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton. Featured performers include Roger Bass & the Hillbillies, Keith Bass and the Florida Bluegrass Express, HWY 41 South, Generations Bluegrass Band and Swinging Bridge. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink available for purchase. Info or tickets, southwestfloridabluegrass.org or 219-2256. Open House at Felts Audubon Preserve — takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at the preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. The Manatee County Audubon Society hosts this free event. Bird walk led by Audubon members starts at 9:30 a.m. 729-2222. Crate Label Swap Meet and Community Yard Sale — takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. For swap meet, Florida labels will be on display and available for trading and sale by some of the major collectors in the state. For yard sale, more than 30 tables will be on site selling goods. Barbecue lunch is available for purchase. Appraisals will be offered for $5 per item, at a limit of three items per person. No jewelry. For

Children’s Summit — takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Dozens of organizations will have booths for children and parents. This year’s theme is “Strong Families Create Strong Communities.” Child-friendly entertainment includes a rockclimbing wall, live music, a bounce house, the Mote Marine touch tank and more. Info, mymanatee.org/community.

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Greenbrook Safety Committee Meeting — takes place at 7 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Attendees will discuss safety issues in the Greenbrook section of Lakewood Ranch. Info, Keith Davey, 739-8760.

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Alateens — meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodland Community Church, 9607 State Road 70, Bradenton. Young people meet to learn how to recover from the effects of alcoholism and how to apply the 12 steps, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, to their lives. 747-2879.

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Lobster and Laughter — takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Polo Grill and Bar. Comedian Tim Wilkins will entertain guests over a lobster dinner. Cost is $37.50 per person. Reservations, 782-0899 Ext. 2. pologrillandbar.com.

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6:25 p.m. — 6200 block of S.R. 64. Criminal Mischief. An unknown person pulled off the tinted headlight covers of a man’s truck that he left in a store parking lot while shopping. One headlight cover was left hanging off the truck, and the other cover couldn’t be found.

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6:03 a.m. — S.R. 64 East and Verna Bethany Road. Information Only. Two intoxicated men walking about 100 yards apart and to the east of a 1967 Pontiac parked on the edge of a road told a deputy that they were driving to Daytona Beach and had run out of gas. The deputy explained the extreme distance to the nearest gas station and arranged for the vehicle to be towed. one scraped the paint with an object and scratched out shapes resembling the letters “H” and “O.” The woman said that her neighbors didn’t see anything suspicious occur.

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1:32 p.m. — 5700 block of Lockwood Ridge Road. Information Only. A woman reported that her daughter gained power of attorney over her affairs through fraudulent means and that she was “exploited and robbed of all her worldly possessions.”

2 p.m. — 5200 block of 58th Terrace East. Suspicious incidents. The complainant met a person online who began sending her electronic items via email. The emailer eventually asked the complainant to forward the electronic packages on to Ghana. The complainant did not forward the packages and instead contacted law enforcement to report that this was a scheme.

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Lady Mustangs squad sweeps Lady Warriors The Lakewood Ranch High volleyball team beat Seminole Osceola 25-12, 25-7, 25-21 in a Class 6A-District 12 match Saturday, Sept. 27. LAKEWOOD RANCH —  The Lakewood Ranch High volleyball team always wants to keep improving. Whether it’s adding more players to the rotation, working hard in practice or simply maintaining their focus day in and day out, the Lady Mustangs are doing everything in their power to reach their goal of repeating as Class 6A-District 12 champions. To some, it may appear as if Lakewood is well on its way to capturing its second consecutive district championship after having swept Seminole Osceola 3-0 in district action Sept. 27. The Lady Mustangs beat last year’s district runner-up 25-12, 25-7, 25-21 to earn their second district victory of the season.

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Senior libero Jordan Wopinski finished with one kill, one assist and seven digs. But Lakewood coach Perri Hankins knows that although the Lady Mustangs could be the favorite heading into the Class 6A-District 12 tournament later this month, there is still plenty of room for improvement. “We still have a lot to do,” Hankins said. “We’re not where we need to be. We’re still working on things. “We’re trying to play some people, so we have more options to go to later on,” Hankins said. “We just want to add something all the time and make our team better.” The Lady Mustangs returned home after finishing second in the Hillsborough Community College High School Classic Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. It was only the third time the Lady Mustangs had been home all month. Lakewood came out focused and controlled on its home court for most of the game against an opponent who proved to be less experienced than the team it played in the regional semifinals one season ago. The Lady Mustangs took a commanding 15-4 lead in game one and never looked back. After easily winning its first two games, Lakewood relaxed a little in the third game as it rotated

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Braden River Pirates fall short, make progress The team fell to Port Charlotte 29-14 in its homecoming game Sept. 28. BRADEN RIVER —  For a few moments, the Braden River High sideline was exuberant. Momentum had swung in the Pirates’ favor, as they pulled within a touchdown of tying the game. It was exactly what Braden River needed. “We kind of had the crowd going and we were feeling pretty good about ourselves,” coach Curt Bradley said. But a reverse call on a surprise onside kick and 49-yard touchdown run on the first play of Port Charlotte’s ensuing possession all but took the wind out of Braden River’s sails, as Port Charlotte held on for a 29-14 victory over Braden River in its homecoming game Sept. 28. “We dug ourselves a hole in the first half and tried to dig ourselves out of it in the second half, and we just came up short,” Bradley said. With the loss, the Pirates fell to 0-5 in the season. Although the loss and a steady downpour in the second half may have put a damper on the Pirates’ homecoming festivities, Braden River

appears to be moving in the right direction. The Pirates put up 14 points — surpassing their offensive production through the first four games of the season. Several players, including senior running back Austin Rain who scored Braden River’s first touchdown on a 30-yard run, sophomore running back Davion Banks and senior running back and defensive back Omar Maragh, returned to action after having missed most of the season with injuries — a welcome sight for Bradley and the rest of the Pirates sideline. “The kids played hard and played to the last whistle,” Bradley said. “Most of the time as the season goes on, you lose guys. But we’re starting to get some guys back … It’s good to see some of those kids who haven’t even played a down for us yet get out there and make some plays.” Braden River

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The Braden River High football team fell to Port Charlotte 29-14 in its homecoming game Sept. 28. Left: Sophomore running back Davion Banks returned after missing most of the season with an injury. had several chances to take the lead after Port Charlotte fumbled the ball seven times, including a pair of muffed punts. The Pirates were unable to capitalize on the first muffed punt after Port Charlotte came up with an interception that led to a 79-yard scoring drive. Braden River tied the game on Rain’s touchdown in the second quarter, but a pair of touchdowns

gave Port Charlotte a 22-7 halftime lead. Schappacher connected with Justin Ross for a 15-yard touchdown on fourth-and-11 to pull the Pirates within a touchdown. Braden River recovered the onside kick, but the officials ruled a Port Charlotte player was hit before the ball traveled 10 yards, reversing the play and sealing the victory for Port Charlotte.

Braden River returns to action Friday, Oct. 5, in what will be its toughest game of the season. The Pirates will host Manatee, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation, in its Class 7A-District 11 opener. The Hurricanes, who are coming off a 52-13 victory over Southeast, beat the Pirates 63-0 in last year’s district contest. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

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Lakewood Ranch senior Mariah Robertson saves the ball during the Lady Mustangs’ first game versus Seminole Osceola. Left: Juniors Ali Milbourn and Ashlyn Falahee go up for a block during Lakewood’s district match versus Seminole Osceola Sept. 27.

VOLLEYBALL/PAGE 15A several new players into the lineup. Lakewood’s brief lapse of focus allowed the Lady Warriors to tie the game at 19-19, before the Lady Mustangs won six of the final eight points. “I think we did a good job of coming out and playing against a team that wasn’t quite as experienced,” Hankins said. “We were happy to be back home. We’ve been working hard in practice. I thought we held our focus really well and played pretty hard.” Mariah Robertson paced the Lady Mustangs with 10 kills, two aces and 10 digs. Ashlyn Falahee added six kills and one block. Nicole Grant had six kills and two blocks. Emily Ruple finished with two kills, one block, five assists and two digs. Lauren Owens had one block and one dig. Ali Milbourn finished with five kills, one block, one ace and 23 assists. Jordan Wopinski had one kill, one assist and seven digs. Savannah Sears had two kills, and Layne Thompson finished with five kills and one assist. Lakewood returns to action Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 in the Manatee County Tournament, before hosting Dixie Hollins in its final district match of the regular season Oct. 9. “We want to go as far as we can this year; and it starts with taking each district game and winning and then getting back into practice and getting better,” Hankins said. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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+ Braden River baseball to hold fundraiser The Braden River High baseball team will hold a four-person scramble golf tournament fundraiser Oct. 13, at the River Club Golf Course. Registration for the tournament will begin at 12 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A buffet lunch, trophies and prizes will follow. Proceeds raised during the event will go toward baseball activities and the purchase of baseball-related equipment not purchased by the school’s athletic budget. For more information contact Braden River baseball coach Mike Verrill at coachverrill@hotmail.com or 807-3099.

+ Mustangs finish third at Outback Invitational The Lakewood Ranch High boys golf

team finished third at the Outback Invitational Sept. 23, in Oldsmar. The Mustangs shot a combined 297, finishing five shots behind champion Windermere Prep (292) and one shot behind West Orange (296). Luke Miller and Danny Walker both shot one-over-par 73s to share medalist honors. Ramsey Touchberry shot 75 followed by Barry McDonnell and Spence Schultz who both shot 76.

+ Coastline Volleyball launches youth league Coastline Volleyball recently started a fall youth volleyball league for girls ages 12 to 14. The league, which includes game situations and skill training, will be held from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sundays, at VolleyFit Sports Academy,

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+ Lady Thunder bounce back with a win The Out-of-Door Academy defeated Sarasota Christian 25-21, 25-13, 25-20 Sept. 25. Natalie Buffett, Gabriella Costa and Lauren Maxey each contributed nine kills. Cameron Graham added eight perfect passes.

+ Mustangs coach wins bronze medal Lakewood Ranch High wrestling coach Pat Ancil won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling in the 76 kilogram weight class of Division F (6165 years old) at the Veterans Wrestling World Championships Sept. 18-23, in Budapest, Hungary.

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Alecia Nelsen, sophomore Brianna Douglas and J.C. Hooper enjoy cotton candy at the school bonfire Sept. 27.

Selena Doran, Stephanie Hayes, Kirsten Whitford, Namish Lakhwani and Carolina Ruiztagle at the homecoming dance, Sept. 29

Right: Austin Henderson and Cheyanne Foster react after being crowned this year’s junior prince and princess.

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Week-long festivities culminated Sept. 29 with an ’80s-themed homecoming dance.

Students at Braden River High School brandished their school spirit Sept. 24 to Sept. 29, as they celebrated homecoming week. Students enjoyed daily themes such as Super Hero or Disney Character Day, Wild West Day and Spirit Day, as well as a bonfire and ’80s-themed homecoming dance.

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Enrique Batista plays Galaga during the homecoming dance. Emily Harris and Victoria Denison and the rest of the varsity dance team dress up for ’80s Day Sept. 27.

Right: Five-year-old Emma Spivey cheers on Braden River during the Pirates’ homecoming game Sept. 28.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012

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Grills heat up Main Street Lakewood Ranch East County residents made their way Sept. 29, to Lakewood Ranch Main Street, for the plaza’s fourth BBQ Cookoff event. Main Street restaurants grilled up their best barbecue in hopes that the culinary creations would win the coveted “People’s Choice” award. Pincher’s Crab Shack was crowned barbecue king, after patrons cast their ballots in favor of their favorite barbecue. Guests also enjoyed live music by The Grove. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012

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COME AS YOU ARE, CAtCh thE CURREnt! No matter where you are in your faith journey, no matter what spiritual questions you have, no matter your hurts, hang-ups, or brokenness; come find a place to connect, grow & serve. While there is nothing new or different in how Current “does” church, we want to be radically different in how we “are” the church. Our desire is to grow radical followers of Jesus who take seriously our call to renew lives, refresh hearts, restore our community, and reflect Jesus in everything we do.

The Rev. Elizabeth Deibert blesses Ben.

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Kyle Fowler came with his new puppy, Nico.

Twenty pets and their owners gathered Sept. 23, at Peace Presbyterian Church in Lakewood Ranch, for the church’s first Blessing of the Animals service. The Rev. Elizabeth Deibert officiated the sunset ceremony, during which she blessed each animal by name and offered prayers for animals who had passed Molly Stanton met Bubba away. MacQueen at the blessing. The service was followed by light refreshments, including homemade dog biscuits for pets and animal-shaped cookies for humans.

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+ First Watch finds roomier corporate headquarters

+ Center researches pain treatment option

First Watch, a breakfast-brunch-lunch chain, is getting a bigger corporate headquarters. The company will move about a mile west to a Benderson Development office park just on University Parkway just west of I-75. Benderson is working with First Watch on a build-to-suit project for a 10,500-squarefoot space. The company, which operates about 100 restaurants in 13 states, currently leases a 7,500-square-foot headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, east of I-75. First Watch, one of the largest privately owned daytime-only restaurant chains in the country, operates both corporate-owned and franchise stores. In addition to room for more corporate employees, the new headquarters will include a training room with space for at least 50 franchisees. The space will likely be ready by November.

Coastal Orthopedics & Pain Management is the first site in the U.S. to conduct the SENZA-RCT study, which investigates the safety and efficacy of the Senza HighFrequency Spinal Cord Stimulation System in patients with chronic pain. The SENZA product delivers electrical pulses with small electrodes that are placed near the spinal cord and connected to a battery-powered generator implanted under the skin. Coastal Orthopedics will evaluate SENZARCT through control clinical trials of 300 patients located at 15 centers across the nation.

+ Center For Sight first to launch laser for cataract surgery Center For Sight CEO David Shoemaker, M.D. became the first doctor in the nation to use the LensAR Laser Cataract procedure Aug. 1. The laser can treat severe cataracts in minutes. A handheld blade is normally used for cataract surgeries, however, after the LensAR laser’s launch, handheld blades will be limited to a supporting role.

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Re/Max Alliance Group announced its professional property managers have formed an alliance to manage residential properties in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Managers are Beverly Hayden, Claudia Ridge, Lee Brewer, Greg Sheller, Pat Gillum, Randy Huberty, Carol Williams, Mona Haymore, Larry Haymore, Christine Huxtable and Daniel Hilts. The alliance was formed because each of the property managers has a backlog of tenants and are in need of more properties to rent. For information or to contact any of the agents, contact Sheller at 266-8777.

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real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Home in Concession sells for $1.45 million The following residential realestate transactions took place between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21. A home in Concession tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Frank and Kathy Kucer, of Northampton, Pa., sold their home at 19457 Ganton Ave. to Llomell and Kristen Llorca, of Bradenton, for $1.45 million. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,996 square feet of living area.

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

LWH LLC sold the home at 14907 Camargo Place to Royce and Teresa Morris, of Greensboro, Ga., for $852,600. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 3,395 square feet of living area.

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This Concession home, which has four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,996 square feet of living area, sold for $1.45 million.

Bradenton, for $402,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,376 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $510,000 in 2008. Steven and Roberta Klar, of Palm Harbor, sold their Unit 201 condominium at 6465 Watercrest Way to G. Thomas and Barbara Sacks, of Lakewood, Wash., for $310,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,134 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $601,600 in 2006. Harry and Lisa Durand, of Ballston, N.Y., sold their Unit 402 condominium at 6465 Watercrest Way to Eleanor Iacobelli, of Lakewood Ranch, for $210,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,742 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $461,800 in 2006.

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Barry and Sany Severs, of Bradenton, sold their home at 4705 Mainsail Drive to Carl Sohns and Susan Sherrow, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., for $775,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 3,494 square feet of living area. Landis and Nancy Groff, of Orefield, Pa., sold their home at 4749 Mainsail Drive to Steven and Monica Geyer, of Bradenton, for $525,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,608 square feet of living area.

Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch

sold their home at 7212 Pasadena Glen to Raymond and Connie Brooks, of Lakewood Ranch, for $752,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,458 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $980,000 in 2008.

Regents Park

Arthur Guilford, trustee, and Marilyn Guilford, of Sarasota, sold the home at 8223 Regents Court to Robert and Marjorie Stem, of University Park, for $620,000. Built in 1993, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,128 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $797,500 in 2007.

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Donald and Vivian Herklotz, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7003

Lancaster Court to Jerry and Susan Maliot, of University Park, for $530,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,439 square feet of living area.

River Club South

David and Laura Camire, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7644 Harrington Lane to Richard and Ann Omohundro, of Lakewood Ranch, for $530,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths, a pool and 3,729 square feet of living area. James and Elaine Hart, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7305 Pine Valley St. to Jean-Claude Lortie and Simona Scanni, of Eastport, N.Y., for $359,900. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,355 square feet of living area.

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William and Meryl Fell, of Bradenton, sold their home at 22304 Panther Loop to Joseph Novak Jr., of Long Valley, N.J., for $460,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,859 square feet of living area. Donald and Edna Hoye, of New Wilmington, Pa., sold their home at 22225 Panther Loop to Carolyn Rummel, of Palmetto, for $430,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,889 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $404,000 in 2001.

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Richard and Patricia Kosenski, of Poinciana, sold their home at 8226 Santa Rosa Court to John and Deana Sparling, of Sarasota, for $385,000. Built in 2008, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,219 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $493,500 in 2008.

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DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. sold the home at 12434 Daisy Place to Robert and Cynthia Fluck, of Bradenton, for $380,000. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,556 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $649,900 in 2007.

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest East County building permits issued by Manatee County for the week of Sept. 17 through Sept. 21, in order of dollar amounts. Applicant

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Amount $200,000 $51,000 $32,000 $28,000 $20,000 $19,330 $18,473 $17,010 $14,524 $13,488 $13,227 $11,320 $10,995 $9,990 $9,960 $9,760 $9,235 $9,187 $9,143 $9,000

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Jeffrey and Nitza Evans, of Bradenton, sold their home at 218 Petrel Trail to Louis and Angela DeBrosse, of Bradenton, for $325,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,817 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $642,300 in 2006. George and Linda Dabbiero sold their home at 236 Dahlia Court to George and Sandra Druist, of Bradenton, for $229,500. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,197 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $187,000 in 2009.

Misty Oaks

Sara Strickland, of Sarasota, sold her home at 8118 Misty Oaks Blvd. to Nancye Bechard, trustee, of Bedford, N.H., for $360,000. Built in 1987, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,395 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $285,900 in 2000.

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Christopher and Deana Iacobelli, of Bradenton, sold their home at 13320 Purple Finch Circle to Eleanor Iacobelli, of Lakewood Ranch, for $355,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,559 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $367,500 in 2004.

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Kerry and Melissa Oldfield, of Aurora, Colo., sold their home at 612 River Crane St. to George and Maeve Mickle, of Bradenton, for $318,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,162 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $389,900 in 2006.

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TemperatureS Temps. High Tues., Sept. 25 86 Wed., Sept. 26 89 Thurs., Sept. 27 92 Fri., Sept. 28 91 Sat., Sept. 29 86 Sun., Sept. 30 87 Mon., Oct. 1 89 Average Gulf water temperature: 83

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales HUGE GARAGE SALE: 10/13/12, 8AM to 2PM, rain date10/14/12 - Lakewood Ranch communities of Riverwalk, Summerfield, Greenbrook, E of I 75 & SR 70, look for posted signs at community and neighborhood entrances on Lakewood Ranch Blvd and Greenbrook Blvd. RIVER CLUB Community Garage Sale, Saturday, October 6th, 8a.m. - 2p.m. Located next to Lakewood Ranch, between SR 70 & University Parkway.

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