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Mission Cataract gives patients a chance to have vision restored.

Tragic East County intersection to get red-light cameras. PAGE 5

OUR TOWN + Pirates honored for sportsmanship Braden River High was named the Class 7A overall winner of the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award. The award, which was presented to 20 high schools and three middle schools statewide, honors schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2012-13 regular season and FHSSA state series. The Pirates won the award for Section 3, and then were named the Class 7A overall winner. Section winners will receive $500 and a commemorative plaque. Each overall winner will receive an additional $2,500 and a larger plaque.



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special section by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

Voters split on referendum votes Voters approved a tax exemption for new and expanding businesses, but voted against a sales surtax to fund indigent care. MANATEE COUNTY — Manatee County soon may have another way to attract new businesses and encourage existing ones to expand. Manatee County residents voted June 18 to allow the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to grant property-tax exemptions to new or existing businesses that are expected be high-impact and high-paid, with 60% of their revenue coming from outside the region.

The measure allows companies to receive tax beaks in an amount up to 100% of property taxes owed, for up to 10 years. County staff and the EDC will work together to recommend which businesses should qualify for the tax relief. More than 52% of constituents voted in favor of the measure. Constituents, however, voted against a half-percent sales tax proposal intended to fund indigent health care, with 60.81% of

voters opposing the measure. Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker had touted the sales surtax as a way to diversify the county’s tax base, while continuing to fund health care for indigent Manatee County residents. The county spends about $23 million annually to fund indigent care, of which $9 million comes from a health trust fund provided for by the 1984 sale of



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rising costs by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

Ranch CDDs see increased budgets Increases stem largely from costs associated with the new maintenance facility and irrigation water.

+ East County kids tackle roadways Children in the K-Kids and Builders Club at Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch have been busy. The groups celebrated the installment of their AdoptA-Road sign May 23, along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Children have adopted the section of roadway, from the corner of State Road 64 south to 44th Avenue East, for regular cleaning. Children also held their first official road cleanup June 8. In total, they collected 58 pounds of trash and a Firestone tire.


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Eight-year-old Matt Depalma plays running back for the Lakewood Ranch YMCA Colts. Depalma participated in Lakewood Ranch High’s annual football camp. For more photos, see pages 14-15.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The numbers are going up. Lakewood Ranch residents will see increases in assessments in the next fiscal year for their respective community development districts. Lakewood Ranch CDDs 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 will see assessment increases ranging from 4.9% to 26%, primarily as a result of costs associated with the construction of a new maintenance facility and for irrigation water. Supervisors approved their tentative budgets during their regular meetings June 13. Budgets, which still can be reduced, will be adopted formally in the fall. Construction for the new maintenance facility, which will replace existing offices for the Inter-District Authority Board’s operations department, began in March.


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LWR CDD / FROM PAGE 1 Additionally, Lakewood Ranch’s irrigation-water provider, Braden River Utilities, is imposing a 16.7% rate increase for irrigation water — a cost of about $29,000 annually per district. “You’ve got costs that are not avoidable,” CDD 4 Supervisor Keith Davey said. “We’ve taken steps to keep budget increases minimal, but people want services and it costs money to provide those services.” IDA Financial Director Steve Zielinski said the BRU increase would take effect on or before March 1, 2014. Increases for the coming fiscal year are related to the construction of a pipeline to bring reclaimed water from the city of Bradenton, Zielinski said. In CDD 1, residents will see an overall budget increase of 6.8%, but only a 4.9% assessment increase, because supervisors are using $95,000 in surplus dollars to offset costs. The district has reduced expenses for environmental -and-conservation maintenance (1.5%) and project requests (1.1%), but has allotted more money for landscape improvements (1.9%).


BUDGET BREAKDOWN * Assessment increase will vary by neighborhood. Overall Operating Budget: budget increase: CDD CDD CDD CDD CDD

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$1,799,920 $2,871,830 $1,843,910 $2,289,200 $867,840

6.8% 8.7% 7.6% -0.5% 19.1%

In CDD 2, the overall budget has increased 8.7%. Residents will see an average assessment increase of 9.6%, due to overall reductions in the use of reserves. Budget reductions include environmental-andconservation maintenance (0.6%) and project requests (3.3%) and increases in landscape maintenance (4.8%), landscape improvements (0.9%) and reserves (0.6%). In CDD 4, residents will see an overall budget increase of 7.6% and an average assessment increase of 7.8%, due to slight reductions in revenue offsets. Budget decreases can be seen in project requests (5.8%), while increases include landscape and environmental improvements (2.1%) and reserves (2.4%). In CDD 5, the overall bud-

other business: Assessment increase: 4.9% 9.6% 7.8% 8.7% 26%


• District attorneys updated boards on a Sunshine Law update that requires boards to provide the public with a “reasonable opportunity” to speak on agenda items.


get is decreasing .5%, but assessments will increase 8.7% to help the district replenish its reserves. Decreases include environmental-andconservation maintenance (0.5%) and project requests (2.2%), while increases include reserves (0.2%) and community-wide increases. In CDD 6, the overall budget will increase 19.1%, but assessments will increase an average of 26% to replenish depleted reserves. Decreases include administrative expenses (2.5%) and landscape-andenvironmental costs (1.7%), while increases include gate house expenses (3.3%), roads and street facilities (7.5%), common area expenses (2.1%) and reserves (6.2%). Contact Pam Eubanks at

• Town Hall staff reported new soccer goals would be installed at Summerfield Park this week. • After receiving a letter from a resident on the issue, supervisors directed staff to contact residents for input regarding a change to the district’s maintenance policy, which provides for the removal of Brazilian peppers, and other nuisance plants, from wetland areas, but not from buffer areas.


• Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a landscape contract with Down to Earth. • Supervisors voted 5-0 to cancel a bid award to Dana Site Development and Paving, and to award the contract to Woodruff and Sons. Town Hall Executive Director Eva Rey said negotiations with Dana failed. • Supervisors approved contracting for curb-to-curb pavement repair for a section of roadway in the Whitemarsh neighborhood. A road patch had been

completed after a hydraulic oil spill showed signs of causing asphalt corrosion. Repair costs may not exceed $14,000. “That is consistent with what’s been done in the past,” Supervisor Michael Finney said. “We wanted to (remain) consistent.”


• The safety committee will meet at 7 p.m. July 1, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. • Operations staff reported erosion caused by Tropical Storm Andrea at Greenbrook Adventure Park. The item will be discussed further at the board’s July meeting.


• Supervisors voted 4-0 to revise their palm tree replacement policy and to no longer replace residential street palms.


• Supervisors approved two agreements regarding non-potable water. One shifts costs for irrigation water from the Country Club West Homeowners Association to the CDD; the other is a non-potable water receivable reimbursement agreement with Braden River Utilities.

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CDD 6 supervisors hope to make the Balmoral Woods Boulevard gate transponder only. Other districts oppose the change.

New option proposed for Balmoral gatehouse Josh Siegel

Amateur radio operators Roger Byron and Ed Skalecki sit by Byron’s go-box, which holds six radios he uses to communicate when he is dispatched to an emergency.

Amateur radio enthusiasts to gather for Field Day A group of emergency-response volunteers will hone their skills this weekend, as they practice using their radios to communicate to authorities during disasters.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Amateur radio operators know their services probably will not be needed. Their very nickname — hams — pokes fun at their amateur status. But, they prepare as if their service is vital, because it is. Nearly 14 years ago, Roger Byron, a Vietnam War veteran, served as an amateur radio operator for SKYWARN, a severe weather-spotting network. A storm brought heavy rain, hail, funnel clouds and lightening to Anna Maria Island. Using his radio on scene, Byron recorded and reported every inch of rain to the National Weather Service. He measured 12 inches of rain in eight hours. Today, as he has for the last 10 years, Byron uses those skills as a volunteer amateur radio operator. This weekend, he and other members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services, or ARES, a national organization organized by the American Radio Relay League, will join amateur radio enthusiasts worldwide, as they hone their skills during an annual Field Day event June 22 through June 23. Volunteers practice their emergencyimprovisational skills by using hundreds of frequencies and establishing networks to communicate to other radio operators across the country. “Are we going to be used?” said Ed Skalecki Manatee ARES’ emergency coordinator. “Probably not. We hope to never be used. That means something bad happened.” But, when the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) asks, Manatee’s roughly 40 ARES members are ready to respond to emergencies with their radios, the fastest means of communication when landlines, cell phones and other communication efforts fail. Skalecki, organizes the hams and dispatches them to emergency events. “We do this because we get a sense of being useful,” Skalecki said. “This is not something you get in for for notoriety or credit. It’s just self-gratification.” They are science guys who get excited by words such as “ionosphere,” the

region in the upper atmosphere that guides the behavior of radio waves. They love how amateur radio signals can be dispersed, even when cellular towers are overloaded. The men participate in self-run contests to see who can communicate with the most countries at one time using their radios. Disaster mobilization starts when Skalecki runs check-ins to find out which of his operators are available. The EOC governs who does what. Community Emergency Response Teams, called CERTs, usually are already on scene, assessing damage, such as the number of dead or injured people. If the CERTs’ communication to the EOC fails — for example, if cell phone networks are out or overloaded — hams communicate to the EOC, using radios, for them. If a shelter is out of water, the EOC contacts Skalecki to find a ham who can replenish it. Or, the EOC might need to know how many people are being served inside each shelter. Once, Skalecki sent Byron to Braden River High School, which was a shelter during Hurricane Charlie. He registered people who sheltered there and took inventory of available meals. Sometimes, operators will be called to direct traffic on street corners for weather-induced traffic. They assess damage themselves, assisting undermanned CERTs with reporting downed power lines and uprooted trees. When Skalecki dispatches Bryon to an event, Byron packs his go-box into car. It contains six radios, some used to communicate digitally and others only vocally. Some require the user to communicate via Morse code. Byron comes equipped with antennas and a power supply he plugs into the wall. When the power goes out, the power automatically switches to battery. He attaches a small video camera to one of the radios so he can send storm video footage to the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). When he’s not dispatched, Byron sits on a stool by his radios, ready for anything.

IF YOU GO Amateur Radio Field Day When: Noon Saturday, June 22 through 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23 Where: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch What: Amateur radio operators worldwide will participate in an annual Field Day, during which volunteers practice their emergency-improvisational skills by using hundreds of frequencies and establishing networks to communicate to other radio operators across the country. A group of local operators will set up their antennas and solar-powered radios on the lawn of Living Lord Lutheran Church, in Lakewood Ranch. They will communicate to other operators, called hams, at parks, malls, schools, churches and yards around the country by using voice, digital and satelitte communications and even Morse code. The general public can use radios under the supervision of a radio operator. Earlier this month, during Tropical Storm Andrea, the EOC told Skalecki to have his men on standby to activate shelters. The EOC ended up not requiring their services. “We are not asked to go into danger,” Byron said. “We do what is within our training.” When there’s nothing to do, the hams find something to fill their time. During an annual bike ride for diabetes in Lakewood Ranch, some hams volunteer to man check points, looking to fill flat tires and hydrate tired bikers. “We’re trained to be faster than everybody else,” Skalecki said. “And, by nature, radio is fast. And, we are (the fastest).” Contact Josh Siegel at

Lakewood Ranch CDD 2 and 5 supervisors hope to work with CDD 6 supervisors to keep the Balmoral Woods Boulevard gate open to all traffic. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Another option is on the table. After months of debate on whether the northernmost public entrance to the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club should be made transponder only, supervisors on Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts 2 and 5 have suggested another idea: adding a third shift for security services and sharing equally in costs for all gates accessing the country club. Supervisors on CDD 6, which owns and operates the Balmoral gate, made little comment on the concept during their June 13 board meeting, but said they liked the idea of working together as a united community. Under the proposal from CDDs 2 and 5, however, those two districts would pay $15,000 apiece to fund a night shift for security services at the Balmoral entrance. Currently, the gate switches to transponder only after 10 p.m. Funding would be contingent on the Balmoral gate remaining open to nontransponder traffic. “We have nothing to lose (if we keep the gate open),” said CDD 6 Chairman Bob Burstein, who met with representatives of Districts 2 and 5 before the meeting. “This agreement gives us a good alternative.” Adding a night shift would be the first step toward working together as a community on the issue of security for the country club. As part of the proposal, CDDs 2 and 5 also are recommending for the 2015 Fiscal Year budget, and beyond, that the three districts combine expenses for all the country club gates and allocate expenses on an equivalent dwelling unit basis for all districts. Fellow CDD 6 supervisors said they agreed with the concept of making the discussion holistic for the country club by including Districts 2 and 5 in a larger community-safety conversation, but felt adding a third shift for security services was not warranted. “I’m very comfortable with the gate without the guard,” Supervisor Richard Williams said. “My goal is to reduce the hours on the gate, not increase them.” Williams also suggested forming a committee to explore options for improving safety in the community overall. The group would be comprised of CDD 2, 5 and 6 supervisors and residents. Burstein said the issues would be taken up at the board’s July meeting, after attorney Andy Cohen has had a chance to talk with Manatee County attorneys about any concerns the county may have with limiting traffic through the Balmoral gate. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@




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Gullett Elementary School teacher Jacqueline Stark challenged her class of new readers to complete 200 Accelerated Reader tests with passing scores. They rose to the challenge. By May 24, her kindergarten students had passed 243 AR reading tests. “Students would go to the library each week, check out a book on their reading level and read it independently,” Stark says. “Then, they would log on to the Accelerated Reader online program and take a five to 10 question comprehension quiz on their book.” As a year-end reward, students enjoyed pizza, courtesy of their teacher.

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Tragic intersection to get red-light cameras

Lights activated June 18: • Westbound at State Road 70, at Tara Boulevard • Southbound at 26th Street W., at Cortez Road • Northbound at U.S. 301, at 60th Avenue E., in Ellenton • Southbound at 60th Avenue E., at U.S. 301, in Ellenton

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EAST COUNTY — Two Manatee County intersections already feature the technology, but the redlight cameras activated June 18, at State Road 70 and Tara Boulevard, hold special significance for East County residents. The intersection is where Melissa Wandall’s husband was killed, just miles from their home, by a red-light runner. The accident occurred about a week before the birth of their child, Madisyn, now 9. And it’s the intersection at which John Barnott, director of the Manatee County Building Department, responded the night Mark Wandall was killed in October 2003. At a Manatee Board of County Commissioners meeting June 18, Barnott, a Tara resident who worked as the county administrator for utilities at the time of Wandall’s death, announced the intersection as one of four to go active that day. The other red-light cameras are not located in the East County. “It’s a bad intersection I experience every day,” Barnott said. “This is something Melissa has championed for a long time, and the county couldn’t be more supportive of her.” For six years, Melissa Wandall

worked with lawmakers to create the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, which regulates the use of cameras for enforcing traffic control law. It was signed into law May 13, 2010. Since then, Manatee has activated red-light cameras at two intersections (see sidebar), both last year. Barnott says the cameras are working, and the county hasn’t garnered much revenue from tickets given out at those intersections. “Violation numbers are going down, because people are obeying the law,” Barnott said. “This is not about revenue at all; this is a safety issue.” For Wandall, it’s personal. But, it’s also become a larger mission to change driving behaviors and save lives. Wandall has carried on the mission with her daughter, Madisyn, who sat in the back seat on fivehour drives to Tallahassee. Now, mother and daughter regularly decorate a marker on the side of the road, directly across State Road 70. The county invited the two to the June 18 commission meeting. The cameras here elicit extra emotion for Wandall, but they are just the beginning of an evolving program. “We want Manatee to have the best camera program possible,” Wandall said. “When the bill passed, we could have just walked

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away, but we’ve stayed to watch to see what can be improved with it.” Gov. Rick Scott signed into law June 12 changes in red-light camera rules. The changes, which take effect July 1, say drivers will no longer receive tickets at intersections with red-light cameras when they

At a glance Gov. Rick Scott signed into law June 15 changes to the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act legislation. Changes, which take effect July 1, are as follows: • Drivers will no longer be ticketed for making a right on red, if they come to a complete stop before turning. • Fines for running a red light have increased from $158 to $264. • Violators now have 60 days (instead of 30) to pay their fine. come to a complete stop before making a right-hand turn. Another provision increases the time motorists have to pay the fine from 30 days, after the notice of violation, to 60 days. After that time, the violation carries higher penalties, including a $264 fine compared to the initial $158 fine. Barnott said the county would review the changes this week to gauge their impact on Manatee. Meanwhile, the county will continue to work with Xerox, the camera-installation company with which it has contracted, to determine the most dangerous intersections and if there are enough violations to warrant the cost of installing cameras. “Getting here has been a lot of work and a lot of love,” Wandall said. “I hope people hold on to that love.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@

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Rep. Greg Steube, who often smokes pork for his wife, helped host Lori Halbert cook pork-heavy “cowboy food” for a taped episode of season three of a political cooking show set to air in September on Sun Sports.

watched the taping and waved at her husband between takes. “He’s a busy man, but we do try to spent time in the kitchen together. He doesn’t like the detail stuff.” The third season of “Live with Lori” will air at 7 a.m., Thursday mornings, September through December. Contact Josh Siegel at

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NEWSBRIEFS Lakewood Ranch has garnered national attention as a great place to retire.

 Where to Retire magazine has named the community one of the country’s 50 best master-planned communities.
 The magazine’s top picks for retirees will be announced formally June 18, at which time its July/August issue hits newsstands.

 “From the beginning, Lakewood Ranch was designed with the consumer in mind,” said Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., the developer of Lakewood Ranch. “As the Ranch continued to grow, we constantly recalibrated our product based on changing consumer needs and desires,” he said. “Over the course of the last several years, we saw foresaw a wave of baby boomers who would be retiring and looking for someplace where they could continue to enjoy their active lifestyles.” Lakewood Ranch offers a variety of amenities, including a country club and golf courses, as well as more unique venues, including the Sarasota Polo Club, the Premier Sports Campus and the Ancient Oak Gun Club, among others. Residents also can participate in clubs and organizations, parades, chili cook-offs and other community events.

+ Manatee School Board chooses legal representation The Manatee County School Board selected a new law firm June 10.

 The board has selected Dye, Deitrich,

Meetings agendas


 Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Budget Public Hearing — 6 p.m. June 20, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton  Manatee County School Board Special Meeting (School Board Attorney Negotiations) — 3 p.m. June 24, at 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton  Manatee County School Board Regular Meeting — 5:45 p.m. June 24, at 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

Petruff & St. Paul, of Bradenton, to replace school board attorney John Bowen, who retires June 30.

 Attorney Jim Dye, of the winning firm, emphasized his team’s experience in charter-school law and work as general counsel for the city of Anna Maria.

 The board will discuss a contract with the firm at a special meeting at 3 p.m. June 24.

+ New law fundraising activities for veterans Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved Rep. Greg Steube’s veterans’ legislation earlier this month. House Bill 1077 prevents fraud in fundraising activities claiming to benefit veterans. When a business knowingly represents itself as a veterans’ organization but does not comply with the law, the offense is designated as a misdemeanor. It also expands the scope of a 2012 law that states a person cannot misrepresent himself as a member or veteran of the armed services or wear a military uniform or metal while soliciting for charitable contributions.


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you want to take LAKEWOOD RANCH — The business of running a pharmacy doesn’t call for much differentiation. In the most basic form, pharmacists fill prescriptions for drugs, count pills and put them into capsules. Jerry and Kelly Pireaux, a husband-andwife team who own Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy and Bee Ridge Pharmacy, have been counting pills for 25 years. Since 2006, when Bee Ridge Pharmacy opened, they have managed to operate in a niche, running small retail pharmacies that serve repeat clientele and provide more personalized care than larger pharmacies, they say. Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy opened in 2009. Business was good at both of their locations, but the Pireauxs — who each studied chemistry and biology in pharmacy school at the University of Connecticut — determined they needed a boost to fulfill their mission. To meet that goal, Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy began compounding drugs. Behind glass windows, in a lab viewable from the pharmacy’s waiting room, customers can watch the pharmacists mix chemicals and creams to create unique drugs for individual patients. These specialized drugs are not sold commercially. Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy does not compound sterile drugs, such as eye drops and injections. The Pireauxs and Jeff Wagner, a longtime employee, make medications from scratch, mixing the exact strength and dosage required by a specific patient. With a physician’s consent, the pharmacists can prepare a drug without unwanted ingredients, such as dyes, lactose or sugar, and add flavor to make the medication more appealing. They can prepare a drug to fit a unique delivery system. For example, for patients who struggle to swallow pills, the pharmacists can prepare the drug as a liquid, topical cream, jell or even a suppository. “Everyone in our business sells the same products,” Jerry Pireaux said. “We wanted to do things others aren’t doing. This is also a professional and academic challenge for


Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy recently began compounding drugs, creating non-commercial medicines from scratch, to fulfill unique patient needs.

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Jeff Wagner and Jerry Pireaux stand inside Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy’s new compounding lab, where they make non-sterile drugs that are unavailable commercially. us. Compounding is an art and a science we want to bring back.” In the 1930s and 1940s, most prescriptions were compounded. But when mass drug manufacturing took off in the 1950s, pharmacists became medicine dispensers. Time proved the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for a patient base with more complex needs. The FDA approves compounding as both ethical and legal, as long as the medicines are prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a specific patient and compounded by a licensed pharmacy. The process inside Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy’s compounding center starts outside its lab. The Professional Compounding Centers of America supplies the ingredients, usually in powder form. A patient will communicate to his/her physician a specific need. For example, they may prefer to consume their medication as a nasal spray rather than the lozenge form in which the drug is sold commercially.

If that drug is not sold commercially as a nasal spray, the doctor will turn to a compounding facility, such as Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, to create one specifically for that patient. “It’s an exercise of problem solving,” Pireaux said. “A patient may prefer a different type of base, but we still have to make sure the medication carries into the blood stream.” So far, Lakewood Ranch Pharmacy only compounds a small amount of its drugs, but that may change, depending on patients’ needs. “People take medicine, either because they know they have to and they are deathly afraid of what would happen if they didn’t, or they actually enjoy taking the medicine,” Pireaux said. “For some people, everything works. For some patients, nothing works. We have to try to come up with the best way for the patient to use the medicine prescribed.” Contact Josh Siegel at

Why should we be asked to pay higher local taxes when our federal tax dollars are available to solve the problem? If Tallahassee continues to reject federal funding, our tax dollars will just go to other states, and we will be on our own. Merle Barclay, River Club

+ Care should be burden of state

+Smoking bans should apply locally

Dear Editor, The June 18 referendum on a proposed 10-year sales tax increase is carefully crafted to convince Manatee County voters that it is our moral obligation to fund expensive, uncompensated emergency-room care for those who are “indigent or medically poor,” “including elderly persons and children.” This is precisely why we already have federal safety nets such as Medicare and Medicaid in place, and why the Affordable Care Act was passed and will soon provide affordable solutions in those states that have chosen to embrace, rather than oppose, “Obamacare.” The fact of the matter is the Florida Legislature has chosen to continue to fight the new federal health care law and reject federal funding that is available to control our insurance markets, keep costs down, and expand Medicaid to some 1.2 million poor and disabled Floridians who would have received health-care coverage under the new federal law. It’s time for our state Legislature and governor to meet their moral obligation to do the right thing and stop forcing individual counties to resort to desperate measures to deal with unnecessary crises on our own. We already pay federal taxes.

Dear Editor, Smoking bans are taking place all across the country. New York City recently posted “No smoking” signs in the Times Square pedestrian plaza, and seaside spots along the East Coast are doing the same as the summer season begins. Lakewood Ranch Main Street joined the crusade, thanks to the June 1 nationwide Starbucks Smoking Ban policy stating, “Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of all stores and within company-owned outdoor seating areas.” Hopefully, all Lakewood Ranch Main Street businesses follow, because no one really wants to hold their breath as they walk  through a cloud of second-hand smoke when entering an eatery, bar, store or coffee shop. The logical choice would be to  provide smoking areas away from the entrances and outdoor seating; or, maybe  take a page from the airline industry and create a glass-enclosed smoking area on Main Street for individuals who wish to avoid the Surgeon General’s warning.  Leaders know that the right thing and the smart thing are usually the same thing — thanks, Starbucks, for taking the lead! Bob & Billie Delaney, Lakewood Ranch

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The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office reported voter turnout of about 18%.

REFERENDUM / FROM PAGE 1 Manatee Memorial Hospital and the other $14 million from property taxes. The trust fund will be depleted by 2015. Under Hunzeker’s proposal, the tax would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2014, and would have been collected on the first $5,000 of a taxable purchase. The tax would have been used to fund the $23 million annual costs for the care of indigent Manatee County residents. Mike Bennett, Manatee’s new Supervisor of Elections, said the special referendum election “went outstanding,” with no delays or glitches reported. Seven polling locations served dual precincts, because some regular voting venues, including churches, were unavailable due to scheduling conflicts. Bennett said about 18% of Manatee’s registered voters turned out — a typical figure for a non-presidential election. Contact Pam Eubanks at



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Interns delve into ministry opportunity Lakewood Ranch’s Lauren Kennedy and fellow intern Savannah Eby, both 20, this summer are learning about youth and children’s ministry, at Harvest United Methodist Church. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Lauren Kennedy and Savannah Eby were out of their comfort zones, but not any more. Within the first two weeks of starting internships at Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch, the girls feel at ease in their new roles and both are grappling with the idea of going into fulltime ministry — a career path neither had considered. Kennedy, who grew up in Lakewood Ranch and now is an upcoming junior at Auburn University, is Harvest’s youth-ministry intern. “I was looking at being a camp counselor (for the summer), but because I have to take summer school (it didn’t work out),” Kennedy said. She applied for the internship at Harvest, after speaking with the Rev. Steve Price, whom she’s known most of her life because he coached her as a child in soccer. Having worked at the YMCA with children 8 years old and younger, she was nervous about

working with older children. “(I realize now) I really have a passion for this age,” Kennedy said. “It surprised me a lot. It’s been so comfortable. It’s cool this door opened. “The kids here are so receptive,” she said. “I feel like I’ve gotten more out of it. High school and middle school is hard; I realize that. It’s cool to share with them my experience and help and guide (them).” Kennedy said she’s excited about taking youth on several upcoming mission trips, including one to Gainesville this weekend, and another June 24 through June 29, to Vero Beach. “My goal for myself this summer is to be really intentional with the kids and be able to help guide them,” Kennedy said “I’m really excited.” Eby, an Orlando native who is staying with Lisel and Jerry Ogle, of River Club, for the summer, is hard at work learning the ins-andouts of children’s ministry. The role, she said, is familiar, because

Savannah Eby

Lauren Kennedy

Age: 20 Hometown: Orlando College: Florida Southern College Considering a career in: Elementary education Hobbies and interests: Horseback riding and going to the beach Favorite movie: “Tangled”

Age: 20 Hometown: Lakewood Ranch College: Auburn University Considering a career in: Speech pathology Hobbies and interests: Basketball, other sports and being outdoors; spending time with family Favorite movie: “Happy Feet” and “Love and Basketball”

her mother is the children’s ministry director at her home church. And, the experience is showing her, despite her longtime efforts to find an occupation other than her mother’s, that children’s ministry is something she loves. Typically, she helps with administrative tasks and helps prepare lessons for Sunday School and

other activities. And this week, she’s helping facilitate Harvest’s Vacation Bible School event. Working with the children, she says, is her favorite part of the job. Eby, a self-described introvert, said she also is learning about people. “Professionally, I have always been in my comfort zone and

worked for people I know,” she said. “I think (this internship) has really helped me grow. “My goal would be to experience new things and learn as much as possible,” she said. “I’ve gone to the same church my whole life.” Contact Pam Eubanks at

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5:32 a.m. — 6400 block Royal Tern Circle. Burglary. An unknown person(s) entered a couple’s garage. The couple awoke to hear the garage door opening. The male homeowner went outside to investigate. He found a male, dressed in black clothing, standing outside. The homeowner confronted the man, who fled westbound on foot. Nothing of value was taken from the home and there were no signs of forced entry.

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7:30 a.m. — 400 block of 135th Street E. Criminal Mischief. An unknown person drove through a person’s front yard. It has caused significant damage to the grass. This has happened several times over the last few weeks. Deputies responded to the scene and took photos for evidence.


9:00 a.m. — 10500 block of Hamilton Way. Larceny. An unknown person(s) jumped the fence to the playground of a school and knocked over most of the playground equipment. The person(s) also broke the seats on two tricycles and removed a Tetherball from a pole by cutting the string. The person(s) fled the scene in an unknown direction. Due to recent wet weather, deputies could not process any physical evidence for the incident. A deputy found two display signs near the fence. The deputy went to the store referenced on the display signs. A store employee said a few signs were missing from the business. The employee said he’d check the store’s surveillance system for suspicious activity. Meanwhile, this is the second time in two weekends someone has ransacked the playground.

June 13

Not on the house

4:40 a.m. — 6300 block of State Road 64 East. Unarmed Robbery. A white male entered a breakfast restaurant. He ordered a cup of coffee, before telling the waitress he had no money to pay for it. The man then left the restaurant and returned minutes later to ask the waitress for change. The waitress reached for her purse, in which she keeps her tips. The man snatched the purse from her hands and took $5. He ran out the front door in an unknown direction. A deputy responded to the scene and watched surveillance video of the incident. The deputy then went across the street and noticed a white male wearing a gray T-shirt and red basketball shorts walking outside a motel. The man had the same facial hair as the suspect in the surveillance video. The deputy arrested the man.

June 12

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10:15 a.m. — 7000 block of Chatum Light Run. Theft. A man reported a person took some of his fishing equipment and two golf clubs. The man believes a person who lives with him stole the items. He said this person has a history of stealing his belongings.

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LECOM Open House — runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for prospective medical and pharmacy students, at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Prospective dental-school students can enjoy an open house for the School of Dental Medicine, at the same time, as well. The open house will be held at the dental school, 4800 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Registration for both open house events is required. RSVP to Colette Rozo at 7560690 or crozo@ lecom. edu.


The Lakewood Ranch Men’s Club — holds its monthly volunteer build with Habitat for Humanity from 7.45 a.m. to noon at 1643 38th Ave East, Ellenton. For information, contact Pierre Schutte at Ancient Oak Gun Club at Lakewood Ranch Grand Opening — runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ancient Oak Gun Club, 16800 State Road 64 E., Bradenton. The event will


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Manatee Forum Republican Women Federated — meets at 6 p.m. at Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton. Special guests include Florida District 71 Rep. Jim Boyd and Florida District 73 Rep. Greg Steube, who will share information on key bills that passed during the last session and how they will impact Manatee County residents. Dinner costs $20; reservations required. For more information, email


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by Jen Blanco | Sports Editor Coastline Volleyball finished second out of 57 teams at the 2013 USAV Florida Regional Qualifier April 27-28, in Orlando, to earn the bid and become the club’s first team to earn a national bid in just its first year of existence. “It’s amazing,” York says of qualifying for nationals. “We lost our first game, so to be able to come back and get that win was so emotional and exciting.”

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The Coastline Volleyball 14U Rox Black team was one of 48 teams to earn a national bid after finishing second at the 2013 USAV Florida Regional Qualifier April 27-28, in Orlando.

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The Coastline Volleyball 14 Rox Black team earned a bid to the USA Volleyball Girls Junior Nationals June 30 through July 3, in Dallas. BRADENTON — Decked out in her team colors, Kahlee York guards the net as if her life depends on it. With wisps of hair breaking free from her ponytail and beads of sweat trickling down the sides of her face, the 14-year-old stands with a look of unwavering focus and determination upon her face. The Lakewood Ranch High

freshman middle hitter holds her position, as her Coastline Volleyball 14 Rox Black teammates maneuver back and forth across the court behind her. It isn’t long before the ball sails toward York’s outstretched arms, and she sends the ball spiking down onto her opponent. Cheers reverberate throughout the gym, as the players come together in celebration, before

quickly disbursing back to their positions as the next play begins. It’s a typical practice session for York and her Coastline Volleyball 14 Rox Black teammates, who eagerly are preparing for their next chance to compete — this time on a national stage. The team was one of 48 teams who earned a bid to the USA Volleyball Girls Junior Nationals June 30 through July 3, in Dallas.

The Coastline Volleyball 14 Rox Black team formed back in November and competed in four tournaments, playing up in the 15s division, before competing in its first of three national qualifiers March 29 through March 31. “That first practice they all just hit it off and clicked really well,” says Coastline Volleyball coach Matt McElhiney, who also coaches at Braden River High. “They are extremely motivated, which is half of the battle. They are a very (coachable) group of kids who are enthusiastic about learning and want to get better. “We told them if you get beat, it’s OK,” McElhiney says of playing up a division. “We wanted to play the best competition we could find, and that translated toward the end of the season and had a really strong effect on how they dealt with adversity.” The team competed in the Big South Qualifier in Atlanta and the Lonestar Qualifier in Dallas, but finished ninth in both tournaments out of a combined 316 teams. The top 2 teams in each qualifier earned a national bid. With their season on the line, the girls headed to Florida Region Qualifier with high expectations. The team went 8-1 over a two-day span to secure the bid. “I knew we had a really talented group of kids,” McElhiney says. “I told them at the begin-

ning of the season our ultimate goal was to try and qualify for nationals. “Florida is one of the best regions in the nation,” McElhiney says. “This was their last chance for the season, and they found ways to win when they had to.” Following the Regional Qualifier, the girls took a month off, before reconvening at the end of May to begin preparing for the USA Volleyball Girls Junior Nationals. The girls practiced three nights a week, before heading up to Orlando for the 2013 AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championship, which began June 19 and runs through June 22. The open tournament features 153 teams from across the United States and Puerto Rico in the 14U Club division. “I’m so excited to be able to compete and have that experience with everyone,” York says of competing in nationals. “The passion on this team is so strong, and everyone on this team wants it so bad.” Following the AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships, the girls will return home, before flying out June 29, to Texas. “They’re not going up against anything they haven’t already seen in practice, and I think that’s key for them,” McElhiney says. “They play tough teams every day they practice at home. They’ve set the bar extremely high and they’ve really risen to that. They don’t shy away. They rise up to the occasion. “I’m very confident, but I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh, we’re just happy to be here,’” he says. “If they approach it point by point and game by game, and keep the same focus they’ve had at practice the past few weeks, then I think they’ll do very well.” Contact Jen Blanco at


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Karl and Rhonda Wilson had to face and accept real life before pursuing a lifelong dream. LAKEWOOD RANCH — fter his three children arrived and the filmmaking opportunities didn’t, Karl Wilson had to accept a life in which he did not make films. It would be a normal life — a life of odd jobs that led to a standard 9-to-5 workday and a life of weekends inside a minivan, traveling to football and soccer games, with his wife and children. It would be a lovely and a fulfilling life, all the same. But somewhere, the script for Karl Wilson and his wife, Rhonda, changed. The Lakewood Ranch couple, in their 17th year of marriage, made a movie — an award-winning one. Now, a new life may be on the horizon. The film, “Breaking Up With Rosie,” is an 82-minute independent film produced by their production company, 2 Duffle Bags, a name that pokes fun at their spare resources. The film that took one year to make, 11 days to film and $3,000 to fund, won the Best Florida Production at the 2013 Gasparilla International Film Festival. Armed with more money — what Hollywood calls a micro-budget, between $25,000 to $250,000 — confidence and the same life-is-good perspective, the Wilsons are in preproduction for their second film, the action-comedy, “Catching Junior Tate,” to be shot in January. “Before we could get to this point, I had to be OK with the fact that I might

not do this,” said Karl Wilson, who writes and directs the films for 2 Duffle Bags. “It had to get to the point where I could go to my regular job and not feel like, ‘My life sucks.’ Your experiences in life change your dreams.” During their first date, when Rhonda was still in high school and the dreamer across the table was dead-set on spurning college, Karl shared his Hollywood ambition. The child, who once wrote a play in fourth grade and aced exams, but never did homework, wanted to write and direct movies. Rhonda would be the business brain behind the operation, balancing budgets, enforcing deadlines and steering the dream. “It was the sweetest thing,” Rhonda said. “His dream would become my dream. I wanted to support him. If he wanted to be a farmer, I was going to support him.” Rhonda’s logic convinced Karl to go to college. Both earned degrees, in business and film, respectively, from State College of Florida. Carrying a 4.0 grade point average into his last semester, Karl got a C in a class where he missed the final exam; Karl cut class to tend to the couple’s first child, Jordan, who had fallen down and banged his head. The couple soon had two more children: Jakob, 4, and Aly, 10. Karl and Rhonda needed to support the family. “As a new couple, your relationship is important,” Rhonda said. “You’re

trying to be there for your kids. You choose your season of life.” Karl’s work life started in construction. He painted homes and did electrical work. Rhonda began a career in human resources. Karl couldn’t get comfortable. He wrote short films for fun and tried acting at community theaters. He pursued anything and everything to please a creative itch that crazed him into wanting to quit his various desk jobs three months after being hired. “You name a job, I’ve done it,” Karl said. “I wanted it to be something I loved to do.” Karl soon dabbled in social work, before his brother convinced him to try information technology. In 2007, Karl earned an entry-level job at Pierce Manufacturing that began a career in IT that continues today. Struggle soon turned into comfort. Rhonda and Karl work steady jobs with sustainable incomes. They cheer for Jordan, 17, in Friday night football games at Southeast High and ferry Aly to softball games. Karl welcomed his life for what it was. “I couldn’t like anything more than being a father to my kids and being a family man,” Karl said. Burden gone, Karl and Rhonda could now make movies with no expectations. Karl wrote scripts deep into the night, after he put his children to sleep. Rhonda scoured the Internet for local talent, placing casting notices on the Internet and trying to sell a job that would provide only deferred pay. The couple used their two weeks of paid time off from work to shoot the romantic comedy, “Breaking Up With Rosie,” their

first full-length movie. They shot it mostly in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Their second film, “Catching Junior Tate,” will be bigger. It will again be filmed locally with mostly local talent, although a few actors from New York have expressed interest in the project. Dialogue-heavy comedy guides the story, which centers on the character Junior Tate, a recently released Mexican prisoner who is running from a bounty hunter. Amid the chase, the two ultimately become friends. Karl and Rhonda had no time to run rehearsals before shooting their first film. In fact, the actors who played the two main characters met for the first time the day before shooting began. “The first film was made to prove we could actually do this and have it look like a good film,” Karl said. “We were a big question mark. Now, we want to kick-out high-quality production projects.” They want their films to be distributed and to build 2 Duffle Bags into a profitable production company that allows them to make filmmaking a career. “We had to get rid of the dream somewhat to keep us sane, but if you love something, you can’t ever really get rid of it,” Karl said. Contact Josh Siegel at






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High school students interested in a career in medicine tested their minds and skills in the medical field with hands-on lessons June 10 through June 14, at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, during LECOM’s annual Medical Science Academy summer camp. Participants worked alongside LECOM staff and medical students to learn about the anatomy and physiology of the brain and spinal cord, dental medicine and other topics,


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Knightsbridge home sells for $2.75 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between June 3 and June 7. A home in Knightsbridge tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Jay and Ramona Bulaw, of Genoa City, Wis., sold their home at 7320 Barclay Court to Jennifer and Stephen Edwards, of University Park, for $2.75 million. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths, a pool and 7,579 square feet of living area.

a pool and 2,578 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 2008. Milton and Yamileth Navarro sold their home at 14166 Cattle Egret Place to Deborah Castellone, of McMurray, Pa., for $335,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,572 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $350,000 in 2008. Thomas and Shelley Schappacher, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6304 Royal Tern Circle to Leslie and Jane Muranyi, of Bradenton, for $300,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,244 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2011.

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Roger and Brenda Crum, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7108 Ashland Glen to Harold and Nancy Small, of Madison, N.J., for $840,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,559 square feet of living area. Kare and Margrethe Gjerde, of Wellington, sold their home at 6918 Dominion Lane to Peter Clausen and Kim Clausen, trustees, of Camanche, Iowa, for $836,000. Built in 2005, it has five bedrooms, fourand-a-half baths, a pool and 3,734 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,295,000 in 2005. Stanley and Mary Hart, trustees, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home at 6712 The Masters Ave. to Richard McClain, of Lakewood Ranch, for $565,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,357 square feet of living area. Natausha White, of Independence, Ohio, sold the home at 7685 Silverwood Court to Roger Strawser, of Lakewood Ranch, for $440,000. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,634 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $470,000 in 2010. George and Theresa Swindasz, of Robbinsville, N.J., sold their home at 7424 Riviera Cove to The James Troy Read, trustee, for $400,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,970

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This home in Knightsbridge, which has four bedrooms, seven-and-two-half baths, a pool and 7,579 square feet of living area, sold for $2.75 million. square feet of living area.

Langley Park

Paul and Margaret Jackson, of University Park, sold their home at 6901 Langley Place to Jerry and Pamela Claiborne, of University Park, for $740,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 3,371 square feet of living area.

Harbour Walk

Alpha Howard, of Sebring, sold her home at 4758 Mainsail Drive to Alan and Jacqueline Holtzman, of Austin, Texas, for $515,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,760 square feet of living area. Paul and Kimberly Freiwald, of Longboat Key, sold their home at 4729 Mainsail

Drive to Ronald Hartwell and Debra Hartman-Hartwell, of Bradenton, for $500,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,975 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $819,000 in 2006.

Greenbrook Village

Gabriel and Felice Dworet, of Pocono Pines, Pa., sold their home at 6674 Coopers Hawk Court to Brock and Michele Whetstone, of Lakewood Ranch, for $479,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,302 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $440,000 in 2012. Elizabeth Abreu sold her home at 13926 Wood Duck Circle to Michael and Loretta Mainieri, of New York, for $370,300. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths,

Constance Schum, of Augusta, Mo., sold her home at 4735 Carrington Circle to Jeffrey Gundersen and Lorraine White, of Sarasota, for $479,500. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,991 square feet of living area.

River Club South

Robert and Carol Mendoza, of Bradenton, sold their home at 9510 Royal Calcutta Place to Richard and Jennifer Rakovich, of Johns Island, S.C., for $478,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,846 square feet of living area. Victor and Dorothy Bruchan, of Bradenton, sold their home at 10057 Glenmore Ave. to Daniel Perka and Louise Pulizzi, of Cortez, for $279,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,815 square feet of living area.

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Leo Faust, of Bradenton, sold his home at 10515 Winding Stream Way to Benjamin and Patti Stevenson, of Bradenton, for $475,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,720


310 Noble Faire Dr #A3966614 $475,000 Diane Fogo Harter

Sun City Center 941-907-9595 941-445-2431

14612 Leopard Creek Pl #M5838201 $468,900 Deborah Angelo O’Mara

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-730-0777

7696 Silverwood Ct #A3979632 $435,000 Laura Navratil

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-806-7436

3659 Torrey Pines Blvd #M5836858 $399,000 Bill Weed, PA

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13207 Palmers Creek Ter #A3970128 $1,895,000 Lenore Treiman

1701 51St W St #M5837466 $375,000 Maria Christenson

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-920-3583

1111 51St W St #M5837822 $375,000 Kathy Valente

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-685-6767

911 Cimarron Cir #M5835595 $315,000 Judy LaValliere

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-504-3792

1649 Liscourt Dr #A3976600 $299,900 Deke Brinkman

Venice 941-907-9595 941-350-9395

6908 W 21St W St #A3979023 $299,900 Liza Knipe

Lakewood Ranch 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

Bradenton 941-951-6660 941-586-0576

2925 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd # 2201 #M5825884 $295,900 Dana Preston

Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-705-5510

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5008 64th W Dr #A3974762 $1,490,000 Adam Cuffaro

Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-545-1194

7804 Lake Vista Ct # 202 #A3977770 $278,000 Nancy Sarajew

Lakewood Ranch 941-951-6660 941-661-7383

Bradenton 941-752-2683 941-812-0791

9429 Discovery Ter # 202D #M5832969 $259,900 Karen Enis

East County 941-907-9595 941-224-0297

808 3Rd Ave W # 507 #A3972134 $255,000 Nell Leffel

Bradenton 941-383-7591 941-932-0032

6541 Tailfeather Way #M5835654 $239,000 Jim D’alessio

Braden River 941-907-9595 941-737-0606

3105 45Th E Ave #M5838121 $235,000 Laura Tracy Clekis

Braden River 941-748-6300 941-915-4167

4509 5Th W St #A3976857 Valerie Telfair

Bradenton 941-388-4447 941-315-5488

3221 10Th W Ln #M5835519 $186,500 Elizabeth Gardini

Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-356-0096

7803 Grand Estuary Trl # 304 #A3975969 $177,500 June Howell

Bradenton 941-966-8000 941-350-7521

8205 Grand Estuary Trl # 302 #A3979601 $157,700 Lanny Emery

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14722 Leopard Creek Place 8142 Dukes Wood Court 15412 Linn Park Terrace 7626 Silverwood Court 6418 Glen Abbey Lane 4709 Peridia Blvd. E. 22502 Morning Glory Circle 11115 Eighth Ave. E. 12304 Lobelia Terrace 6511 Spyglass Lane 715 133rd St. E. 16113 Clearlake Ave. 6582 Meandering Way 13609 Second Ave. N.E. 12635 Cara Cara Loop 6719 Ladyfish Trail 7712 Latrobe Court 11312 Rivers Bluff Circle 13707 Red Rock Place 9228 67th Ave. E.

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Frank Mosca James Welling John Girman Scott Pettingell Joseph Gilpin Donald Dague John McAvoy Jr. Burgess Rand III Leslie Netze David Lunkes Declan Keenan Donnie Moore Suzanne Petro Bill Phillips Delia Garced Kevin Wilkes Weyli Chang Mildred Gregory L. Thomas Baker Jr. Marta Sheils

$49,060 $48,000 $35,500 $30,000 $21,475 $16,950 $15,890 $15,454 $14,000 $12,887 $12,500 $12,390 $11,850 $11,000 $10,167 $9,856 $9,569 $9,370 $8,889 $8,240

6118 Riverview Blvd #M5824336 $3,400,000 Debbie Vogler

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-705-3328

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Mark and Caroline Kretzer, of Bradenton, sold their home at 902 117th St. E. to James and Whitney Kitchens, of Bradenton, for $443,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,308 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2010.

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Ales Graf, of Lakewood Ranch, sold his home at 8004 River Preserve Drive to Mika Florida LLC for $420,000. Built in 2008, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool

Sarasota 941-907-9595 941-232-8041


1643 Southwood St # 1643 #A3969138 $109,950 Judy Wright

Braden River 941-907-9595 941-730-3183

3019 124Th E Ave #M5837975 $2,500 Laurie Rastovski

6280 Riverview Blvd #A3959260 $7,900,000 Pam Taylor

6314 36Th W Ave #M5837272 $149,999 Debbie Capobianco

3840 Ironwood Ln # 106H #M5838197 $100,000 Debbie Vogler

Parrish 941-748-6300 941-345-9080

3810 75Th W St # 107 #M5837898 $1,400 Laurie Rastovski

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-779-5000

1216 Derby Ln # D #A3972644 $989,000 Mary Hellhake

Siesta Key 941-907-9595 941-544-0763

105 66Th St # 11 #A3978703 $985,000 Kevin Carroll

Holmes Beach 941-748-6300 941-465-8843

603 Baronet Ln #M5832601 $849,000 Kathy Valente

Holmes Beach 941-748-6300 941-685-6767

7918 Royal Birkdale Cir #A3972048 $750,000 Pamela Charron

Lakewood Ranch 941-951-6660 941-993-3388

11014 Big Bass Pl #A3970644 $699,900 Howie Drourr

East County 941-907-9595 941-812-6476

5624 Title Row Dr #M5838120 $695,000 Laura Tracy Clekis

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-915-4167

747 Hillcrest Dr #A3966506 $550,000 Melba Jimenez PA

Bradenton 941-951-6660 941-356-3970

6406 Shoal Creek Street Cir #A3975337 $499,900 Paul Desantis

Lakewood Ranch 941-951-6660 941-875-3699

5267 Castello Lane #A3975959 $499,000 Edward Haggerty

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-685-6154

503 84th NW St #M5834236 $475,000 Cheryl Roberts

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-266-1450

18306 Prairie Wolf Gln #M5836784 $400,000 Paula Keegan-Bock

Parrish 941-748-6300 941-224-5909

Preserve at Panther Ridge

U.S. Bank, trustee, sold the home at 22515 Morning Glory Circle to Louis Palma, of Bradenton, for $410,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a


Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-704-2394

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-705-3328


5807 Garden Lakes Palm #M5836958 $150,000 Judy Browning

7010 Belmont Ct #A3971043 $999,997 Robin Bowman

6807 Stone River Rd # 205 #A3973586 $149,900 Dan Freed

5400 34Th W St # G5 #M5834480 $87,900 Kimberly Roehl, PA

Braden River 941-966-8000 941-735-0770

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-447-9988

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-345-9080

6116 43Rd W St # 207D #M5837978 $900 Laurie Rastovski

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and 2,575 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $397,500 in 2008. John and Mary Hussey, trustees, of Donegal, Ireland, sold their home at 503 Grand Preserve Cove to Stephanie Lawrence, of Bradenton, for $329,000. Built in 2008, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,195 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $386,700 in 2008.


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pool and 3,147 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $905,000 in 2005. Thomas Hassett sold his home at 23315 Red Robin Place to Sergey and Liubov Zueva, of Bradenton, for $355,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,319 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $298,200 in 2003.

Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch

Stanley and Rosalie Pearlman, of Sarasota, sold their home at 15418 Helmsdale Place to Jacob and Brenda Sisson, of Sarasota, for $352,000. Built in 2009, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,771 square feet of living area.

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Cathie and Richard Robinson, of Sarasota, sold their home at 8010 Hampton Court to Edward and Sheila Reilly, of Rollinsford, N.H., for $349,900. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,163 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $280,000 in 2003.

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Rachel Alves, of Sarasota, sold her home at 13078 Peregrin Circle to Joan and William Braundenburg, of Grayson, Ga., for $330,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,463 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $240,000 in 2011. Eduardo and Kimberly Brodsky, of Bradenton, sold their home at 314 Salvia Court to Daniel and Katherine Stone, of Bradenton, for $327,500. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,476 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $358,300 in 2004.


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Marjorie Small, trustee, and Ralph Alberg, of Sarasota, sold the home at 6959 Country Lakes Circle to Roger Coleman and Pamela Weisse, of Santa Fe, N.M., for $310,500. Built in 1983, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,615 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $190,000 in 1989.


Janice Farmer, trustee, of Pelham, Ala., sold the home at 4822 Peridia Blvd. E. to Gary and Sida Smith, of Bradenton, for $310,000. Built in 1991, it has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,752 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2004.

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sold the home at 6746 Virginia Crossing to Slavko Cvencek and Erika Estevez, of Sarasota, for $297,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,059 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $463,000 in 2005.

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Marjorie Goldenberg, of Bradenton, sold her home at 8226 Planters Knoll Terrace to Jennifer Eastman-Miller and Jason Miller, of University Park, for $292,500. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,437 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $305,200 in 2005.

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Glenn and Maria Bullard, of Parrish, sold their home at 7123 Bluebell Court to IH2 Property Florida LP for $275,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,093 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 2009.


Robert Shapiro, trustee, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home at 8722 53rd Place E. to Keith Haas, of Lakewood Ranch, for $268,500. Built in 1998, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,980 square feet of living area.

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Kimberly Ashton, of Bradenton, sold her home at 4956 Creekside Trail to Scott Knippel, of Sarasota, for $265,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,142 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,500 in 2000. Fannie Mae sold the home at 5264 Creekside Trail to Christopher and Vicki Ayles, of Sarasota, for $238,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,943 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,600 in 2003. Jerry and Pamela Chism, of Memphis, Tenn., sold their home at 5396 Creekside Trail to NSF Development LLC for $230,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,400 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $244,000 in 2008.


Margaret Conner, of Jeffersonville, Ind., sold her Unit 203 condominium at 6482 Watercrest Way to Paul Cutcliffe Jr., of Hull, Mass., for $265,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,742 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $385,000 in 2006.

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10708 Riverbank terrace Shirley Razick & Sandi Ansilio 941.730.3978 $1,900,000

wateRLefe 941.928.8424 $880,000

siesta key

LongBoat key 600 Birdie Lane Thomas Netzel

941.587.4894 $7,945,000

siesta key 762 siesta drive Sheldon Paley

tHe toweR ResidenCes 35 watergate drive, 1206 Steve Wexler 941.586.1124 $1,825,000

941.356.1857 $1,950,000

Casey key

PRestanCia 4369 Boca Pointe drive Joel Schemmel

624 south Casey key Road Sandy Gillette 941.504.0170 $1,295,000

siesta key 797 Beach Road, 501 Peg Davant

941.356.4552 $765,000

7560 trillium Boulevard Joel Schemmel

941.524.8299 $465,000

941.356.4552 $3,100,000

RivieRa dunes

5206 24th avenue drive west Leslie Russell 941.330.7006 $450,000

1306 3rd street Circle east Arnold DuFort 941.224.8602 $389,000

west of tRaiL 995 whitakers Lane Toi Estes & Craig Cerreta

veniCe 745 eagle Point drive Terry Herschberger

516 Blue Heron drive Terry Hayes

west of tRaiL 941.587.4894 $1,195,000

941.896.2317 $2,650,000

anna maRia isLand 941.468.8439 $1,800,000

1715 Prospect street Roberta Tengerdy & Carolyn Collins 941.320.0722 $1,149,000

941.713.5458 $799,000


san Remo estates 3638 san Remo terrace Peg Davant

941.302.3100 $1,790,000

siesta key 4568 woodside Road Judie Berger

941.518.1278 $1,549,000

941.928.3424 $1,100,000

4636 Hidden River Road Katty Caron 941.928.3009 $1,095,000

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4822 ocean Boulevard, 8C Keith & Sharon Whitfield 941.302.4256 $549,000

8635 midnight Pass Road, C208 Tamara & Todd Currey 941.587.1776 $524,900

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501 marsh Creek Road Debbie Sugden

941.223.9363 $444,900

742 Birdsong Lane Marian Kovalsky

1911 141st street east Shellie Young

941.780.2899 $419,000

1800 Bayshore Road Dee Gomber

941.713.5458 $358,000

siesta key 880 siesta drive Joel Schemmel

941.587.4894 $2,395,000

LongBoat key 455 Longboat Club Road, PH2 Mark Huber 941.356.2435 $1,495,000

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941.383.2550 $449,900


anna maRia isLand 893 north shore drive Victoria Horstmann

3815 founders Club drive Don Carroll 941.539.2132 $598,000

RiveRview BouLevaRd 3405 Riverview Boulevard Martha Marlar 941.812.0455 $479,900

Lemon Bay estates 5850 Jamila River drive Stephen Lingley 941.809.7580 $2,495,000

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521 spring avenue Andrew Bers

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RiveRview Landings 2366 Landings Circle Shellie Young

628 foxworth Lane Sandi Ansilio & Greg Hudson 941.586.8679 $618,900


941.308.1083 $3,495,000

10623 Cheval Place Charles Totonis

941.896.2317 $835,000

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1024 Rainbow Court Pat & Peter Evans

7902 sanderling Road Joel Schemmel

7339 Barclay Court Toi Estes & Craig Cerreta

PReseRve at mission vaLLey 793 vanderbilt drive Anne Chakos

941.302.9100 $799,900

saRasota 7910 kennedy Lane Courtney Green

941.809.8432 $499,900

BeRn CReek RanCHes 941.497.9483 $379,000

1101 Pine Prairie Road Kevin Milner

941.539.3287 $344,900

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