East County Observer 4.15.21

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Lakewood Ranch woman honors her family history with a cookbook. SEE PAGE 8 Courtesy photo

‘American Idol’ quest ends Lakewood Ranch’s Alana Sherman’s quest to become the next “American Idol” has ended after she was eliminated from the show on the April 11 broadcast. “Thank you everyone for all the support you have shown me,” the 22-yearold Sherman wrote on her Facebook page. “This is the end of my ‘American Idol’ journey, but I’m so grateful for everything that has happened. This is not the end.” Sherman advanced to the Top 24 two weeks ago with her performance of “Bust Your Windows.”

Parks director hopes some sections can be complete in four years. PAGE 3

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Much of what Lakewood Ranch’s Angela Massaro-Fain learned about Italian cooking came from her grandmother — Nanny — Angela Zamarra. She is serving up the recipes in a new cookbook.

A Manatee County trail system would run through places such as Rye Preserve in East County.

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Main Street the new Boardwalk Del Webb’s Ivy Ruark likes to take over Lakewood Ranch properties one at a time. First, she tries to own the Sarasota Polo Club, then Nathan Benderson Park followed by University Parkway and Main Street at Lakewood Ranch all while avoiding traffic jams and collecting $200 with every pass by “Go.” Ruark has been playing Lakewood Ranch-opoly, a version of Monopoly tailored to Lakewood Ranch, with her neighbors. “My favorite property on the game is the Lakewood Ranch Market,” Ruark said.

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Dr. Jennifer Bencie, the Manatee County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health.

Manatee County Health Officer says mass vaccination sites will fade away. SEE PAGE 5


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Pope Road construction begins Turn lanes at the intersection of Pope Road and White Eagle Boulevard intended to prevent traffic backup. BRENDAN LAVELL

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Improvements planned for East County’s Pope Road: n Eastbound left-turn lane from White Eagle Boulevard to Pope Road n Westbound right-turn lane from White Eagle Boulevard to Pope Road n Southbound left- and right-turn lanes from Pope Road to White Eagle Boulevard n Median near future Publix at Pope Road and S.R. 64 n Access road for right turn from northbound Pope Road to future Publix

Like many parts of Lakewood Ranch, Pope Road was once a rural street. Those days are gone. “We’ve developed past that capacity,” said Roger Aman, a project manager for Lakewood Ranch developer SchroederManatee Ranch, about Pope Road. Improvements are underway at the intersection of Pope Road and White Eagle Boulevard and include an eastbound left-turn lane from White Eagle Boulevard to Pope Road, a longer westbound right-turn lane from White Eagle Boulevard to Pope Road and southbound left- and right-turn lanes from Pope Road to White Eagle Boulevard. Aman said the turn lanes will prevent backup on White Eagle Boulevard from drivers seeking an alternate route to S.R. 64, which will be especially important when a planned apartment complex makes its way to the intersection. “These improvements are greatly needed, especially with the roundabout out there on S.R. 64,” Aman said, referencing a future roundabout at the intersection of S.R. 64, Pope Road and Greyhawk Boulevard. “A lot of people will be taking that shortcut.” The project is scheduled to

be “substantially complete” by November, according to Aman. SMR contracted with Sarasotabased Frederick Derr & Co. for construction. Manatee County commissioners approved a transportation impact fee credit April 6 to help fund the project overseen by the Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District, after county staff decided the additions can be considered “capacity-adding improvements to the thoroughfare roadway system.” The estimated cost for credit-eligible construction is $272,855.55, though the impact fee credit could be as much as

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$315,000 after adding 15% for contingencies. The intersection improvements are part of a larger project to improve Pope Road from White Eagle Boulevard to State Road 64, a quarter-mile to the north. The most notable change will be the roundabout at the intersection of S.R. 64, Pope Road and Greyhawk Boulevard, construction of which is underway. The roundabout’s estimated completion date is late August, and its estimated cost is $4.78 million. There were 13 crashes at the intersection in 2017, the most recent data available from Manatee County. “The Pope Road intersection was very dangerous,” Aman said. “This cleans all that up.” Slip lanes, which allow motorist to enter a lane to make a turn before actually entering the intersection or traffic circle, will be added on both sides to make the intersection smoother for people

turning onto or off Pope Road and S.R. 64. “It gives great access to the area,” Aman said. “I drove that area yesterday ... the slip lanes are very helpful for the roundabouts. It just peels that section of traffic off. You don’t have to go into the full roundabout to make a right.” Other improvements are related to a future Publix, which will be located at the southeastern corner of the intersection with S.R. 64. Publix-related construction will include a median on the northern end of Pope Road and an access road into the parking lot, which is available to drivers turning right off northbound Pope Road. Aman said Publix is paying construction on the northern end of Pope Road, such as the median and access road. Publix has contracted North American Properties, which also constructed the Publix at University Parkway and Lorraine Road, to do the work.

A quartermile stretch of Pope Road from White Eagle Boulevard to State Road 64 is under construction. The addition of turn lanes at the intersection of Pope Road and White Eagle Boulevard could prevent traffic backup.

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County trail plan emerges

The Gateway Trail would also run through Lake Manatee State Park, Rye Preserve and along parts of Lake Manatee’s northern border before turning northeast toward Chance Reserve. Hunsicker said the trail would give Manatee County residents the opportunity to see landscape common to the Myakka River valley. “This trail is going to pass through some of the most protected and pristine Florida native territory that we have in Manatee County,” Hunsicker said. “It makes it possible for our residents not only to enjoy short hourly or half-day trips that are taken up simply by moving from A to B, but by landing in these state and county park locations, getting time through access to experience the parks themselves.” Eventually, Hunsicker said he hopes the trail will curl back to the southwest after reaching Lake Parrish, allowing it to run through Parrish, Ellenton and along Manatee Avenue. It would then culminate with a route across Anna Maria Sound to Anna Maria Island before stretching down to Longboat Key, St. Armands Circle and linking back at Payne Park in Sarasota. Hunsicker said the Gateway Trail is part of the planning network for Florida’s Shared Use Nonmotorized Trail Program, also known as the SUN Trail Network. The SUN Trail Network, which consists of both existing and planned trails, would cover much of the state’s coastline and contain at least three routes across the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. “We like to think big here,” Hunsicker said. “That’s how the Appalachian Trail came together, piece by piece, state by state, town by town. Florida’s SUN

If Manatee County realizes its plan for a countywide trail, it will pass through Rye Preserve, shown here.

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arks and Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker has been working to bring a countywide trail system to Manatee County for 25 years. However, the county always has put its funds into trail systems located within specific parks or communities. Unlike Sarasota and Hillsborough counties, it does not have a countywide trail system. Hunsicker said the county’s staff is optimistic it can create a trail system, called the Gateway Trail, that winds through much of Manatee County. Initally, it would connect with Sarasota County’s Fruitville Road and Payne Park to the south and Hillsborough County to the north. That stretch of trail would be more than 20 miles. He is committed to completing the trail from University Parkway to Chance Reserve (north of State Road 64) in four years. Commissioner George Kruse said in March he would like some of the $78 million in federal money the county will receive through the Great American Rescue Plan to be used for the trail system. The trails would be suitable for walkers, runners, cyclists and, in most cases, horseback riders. It would start as a hardshell surface, but some portions, if not the entire trail, would eventually be paved as more funding becomes available. In East County, the trail would run from University Parkway to State Road 64, mostly along Bourneside Boulevard’s eastern border. A trailhead, restroom and shelter would be constructed near the intersection of Bourneside and State Road 70. Additional parking would be available along Bourneside near the two intersections with University and S.R. 64. Hunsicker said SchroederManatee Ranch already has constructed a 10-foot-wide sidewalk along Bourneside Boulevard, which it will share with the county and prevent the need for Manatee County to build a trail on the right of way it owns about 100 yards east of the road. Using the sidewalk will save the county more than $1 million.

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Unlike neighbors such as Sarasota County and Hillsborough County, Manatee County does not have a connected trail system. Parks 62 and Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker has been working to change that for 25 years.

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If realized, the planned Gateway Trail eventually would run along or through locations in Manatee County that include: n Bourneside Boulevard n Lake Manatee State Park n Rye Preserve n Edward W. Chance Reserve n Lake Parrish n Parrish n Ellenton n Manatee Avenue n Anna Maria Island n Longboat Key

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Trail Network is doing the same thing. It’s coming together piece by piece, county by county, parcel by parcel.” The county owns all the land it needs for its planned trail system from Edward W. Chance Reserve in the north to University Parkway on the southern border. North of Chance Reserve, the county has identified corridors a few miles wide where the trail could go, pending the opportunity to negotiate with landowners. “It’s where we can get the land in cooperation with the underlying landowners,” Hunsicker said. “Without their cooperation, there’s no trail. We’re not going to be condemning or taking any property for a recreational trail. If I were a property owner, I’d like to be able to hear that from somebody in the government. We suffer under the reputation of governments that simply take land that’s needed and necessary for road construction.” Hunsicker said the cost of the project is still unknown to some extent, because gaining access to land typically represents about

65% of the project’s total cost. The county will spend at least $3 million to build the trail from University Parkway to Lake Manatee, about $1.8 million to build trail through Rye Preserve and $3 million to $4 million to build trailheads from University Parkway to Rye Preserve. Hunsicker said Manatee County is trying to access state grants to cover some of the cost. Besides negotiations with landowners, Hunsicker said the last remaining hurdle is funding and gaining approval from commissioners. He said the former is the biggest challenge, because there are many other priorities when talking about parks. “Last time I checked, nobody can play pickleball on a trail like this,” Hunsicker said. “Nobody can swim lanes on a trail like this. And those do have priority in the community, in terms of recreational assets. My favorite saying here is attributed to Yogi Berra. ‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it.’ Because one priority need not halt progress on yet another.”

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County switches to first-come, first-serve vaccinations County’s vaccination standby pool now a thing of the past.

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Manatee County vaccination update through April 10 Residents vaccinated (at least one dose): 142,595 Residents fully vaccinated: 85,100 County population: Approximately 403,253

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Spurred by the state, Manatee County has changed its COVID-19 vaccination strategy. Gov. Ron DeSantis opened vaccine appointments to all Floridians 18 and older April 5. As more people gain access to vaccines, Manatee County shifted away from its lottery system after depleting its standby pool. The county will switch to a first-come, first-serve system starting April 21. Dr. Jennifer Bencie, the Manatee County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, said demand has decreased for vaccine doses given at Manatee County-run vaccination sites, such as the ones located at Tom Bennett Park in East County. She said the county prevents any doses from going unused by opening the vaccine one vial at a time after 2 p.m., thus ensuring unused doses can still be stored properly after each mass vaccination clinic ends. East County residents have a variety of opinions about COVID-19 vaccines. Myakka City resident Chris Constantinou said he received his first dose through Sarasota County on the first day Florida residents under age 40 could receive one, April 5. He

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Dr. Jennifer Bencie, the Manatee County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, said mass vaccination sites will likely fade away as people start receiving doses through pharmacies or their health care providers.

travels often and said it will be easier to do so in the future if he is vaccinated. Deena and Caprey King, who live off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, don’t plan to get vaccinated, at least for the near future. Deena

King said she had COVID-19 in July, so she believes antibodies will protect her for now. “That’s safer,” Deena King said. “It’s already in my body.” Her teenage daughter, Caprey King, is concerned about how

quickly the vaccine became available. She said she wants to wait and see if there are any long-term effects. Although Bencie said vaccine hesitancy does play a part in the decreased demand at county mass vaccination clinics, she doesn’t believe it is the biggest reason. Instead, Bencie said people are now receiving the vaccine through local pharmacies or their personal doctors, adding it is easier to find alternative avenues for receiving vaccines thanks to tools such as vaccinefinder.org, which is partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I believe that people will hopefully be more apt to go to where they’re used to going,” Bencie said. “(Mass clinics are) not for everyone in the community. So we need to make sure that everyone who wants the vaccine can get the vaccine through their own resources.” Bencie said Manatee County will evaluate how successful the initial first-come, first-serve vaccine clinic is and then decide if they should be held at different

hours going forward. The county has generally held its clinics on weekdays in the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. range, although a clinic was held at Tom Bennett Park the weekend of April 10-11 that could help determine if weekend and evening clinics are a better option moving forward, especially as the county starts vaccinating people within age groups that are more likely to have jobs or children. Eventually, there will come a time when Manatee County stops holding mass vaccination clinics because of decreased demand, according to Bencie. “There are so many other places now where individuals can go and also choose the type of vaccine they want, that we assume that the (mass clinics) will eventually become something of the past,” Bencie said. This doesn’t mean the county will stop receiving vaccines from the state. Instead, Manatee County would distribute vaccines to eligible providers, such as hospitals, urgent care centers, private physician offices, hospices and homeless assistance facilities. This process has already started over the past month. “Eventually, this will be something similar to the flu vaccine, where you can go to your providers in the community to receive your vaccine,” Bencie said. The county also plans to use mobile units to distribute the vaccine to hard-to-reach populations, such as migrant workers and underserved communities.

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marching band usually adds about 60 freshmen each year. It’s something Lambert said is key to a successful program. “Freshmen are everything,” Lambert said. “It’s important to have a strong freshman class because when we perform or compete, there’s no one judging the kids separately by age.” But part of getting more freshmen in the band is through recruitment, and recruitment efforts have been made more difficult this year due to the pandemic. Some middle schools didn’t have a band program this school


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Lakewood Ranch High School’s Marching Mustangs will host auditions for color guard, drumline and marching band April 19 and April 20. For more information, visit LakewoodRanchBands.org or contact Ron Lambert via email at LambertR@ManateeSchools.net or phone at 727-6100 ext. 2029. Braden River High School’s Marching Band of Pirates will have registration in late April. For more information, contact Jeramiah Bowman via email at BowmanJ@ ManateeSchools.net.

year due to COVID-19 health protocols and students being able to choose between learning at school or at home. Some middle schools were able to add a band program in January after hybrid schedules were discontinued. Jeramiah Bowman, the band director at Braden River High, said students who participate in band are still headed to the local high schools, but in smaller numbers. “Unfortunately, at some middle schools, the (band) kids have just disappeared,” Bowman said. “It’s been a struggle, it really has. It’s going to take some time to get everything straightened out. I know our numbers coming into Braden River are going to be much less than usual.” Braden River High’s Marching Band of Pirates, on average, has 30 to 40 eighth graders entering the program as freshmen each year. Although some eighth graders might not have had their final year of middle school band and sixth graders might have not

been able to start band this year, Lambert said those programs will continue as the pandemic eases. “There’s no doubt there’ll be some effects, but I think they’re short term because those [middle school] directors are already working hard to get things up to speed,” Lambert said. “They have pride in their programs, and they love what they do, so they’re not going to let those programs fade away.” Both Lakewood Ranch and Braden River weren’t able to have middle school band nights or band days where middle schoolers would have an opportunity to see what it’s like to be in the high school marching bands. The directors have created posters and flyers to send to the middle schools and have also created recruitment videos with film from the bands’ performances to capture the fun and spirit of the bands. Bowman went to Carlos E. Haile Middle School to speak to the middle school students directly, but he said he might not be able to visit all the schools feeding into Braden River High. “I told (the eighth graders) it doesn’t matter if you’re going to Braden River or not, but you need to stick with it,” Bowman said. “High school bands desperately need you to be in the band at the high school level to keep things going and maintain the programs we have. I believe that’ll take time, but it’ll come back.” Lambert said one of the biggest positives in terms of recruitment is knowing many students already in the band program have siblings who will be entering high school. “I feel fortunate that it’s something for [middle school students] to look forward to,” Lambert said.

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ou could say the book “Bacio di Cucina” — which translates to “a

kiss from the kitchen” — grew out a little slap on the arm. That slap was just one of the stories told by Lakewood Ranch’s Angela Massaro-Fain April 10 as she danced through her Central Park kitchen while finishing off her grandmother’s classic manicotti recipe. During Massaro-Fain’s childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, she often would be picked up at school by her grandfather, Emilio Zamarra, who brought her to his house where she would begin her “servicia” or chores. Those chores were laid out by Angela Zamarra — known to those in her family and in her “burg” as Nanny. Nanny’s chore list for her granddaughter included dusting and ironing, but more often than not, cooking. “I loved it,” Massaro-Fain said as she stirred a pot of her famous Sunday gravy. “I did whatever my grandmother wanted me to do. It was my special time with her.” While it was a special time, Massaro-Fain didn’t mind challenging Nanny once in a while. For example, when Nanny was making biscotti from a generationsold recipe, little Angela decided a sugar glaze, an Italian no-no for biscotti, was needed. She waited until Nanny had turned her back, and made the switch. Smack! Nanny was far too smart for such a thing, and she gave her granddaughter the little slap on the arm. Little Angela had been caught. Fortunately Nanny didn’t administer the often threatened “bot a la gool” or spanking on the butt. Such moments carved out Massaro-Fain’s passion for food and its preparation. She not only learned about how to cook, she learned about the integrity of the process. She said the morals of both her mother, Maria Fran-

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Proceeds from Angela Massaro-Fain’s Bacio di Cucina (A Kiss from the Kitchen) go to the nonprofit Sisterhood for Good.

cesca Massaro, and Nanny, laid the foundation for her success in both cooking and business. As the years passed and Massaro-Fain developed into a successful businesswoman, she never forgot those precious moments with Nanny, or wavered in her love of cooking. Now retired after she and husband, John Fain, sold Lakewood Ranch’s Grapevine Communications on April 10, 2017, Massaro-Fain has decided to share her family favorite recipes in a book, Bacio di Cucina, which is available for purchase at Facebook. com/BacioDiCucina. The cookbook is a loving tribute to Nanny and includes some family stories along with the recipes. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Sisterhood for Good, which Massaro-Fain founded. Those in East County are likely to know Massaro-Fain as a tough but fair businesswoman, and probably not as the woman who creates culinary masterpieces. “Cooking and business were totally separate parts of my life,” said Massaro-Fain, who together with her husband founded Grapevine Communications in 2002. “But even when I was working, I would cook three to four nights a week, and on a Saturday or a Sunday I would do a cooking extravaganza.” John Fain and Angela MassaroFain enjoy her manicotti at their Central Park home.

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Author: Lakewood Ranch’s Angela Massaro-Fain Book: Bacio di Cucina (A Kiss from the Kitchen) What: A book of more than 50 Italian family recipes Proceeds: All proceeds go to the Sisterhood for Good nonprofit To buy: Go to Facebook.com/BacioDiCucina and click the message tab Price: $25, plus shipping

John Fain, who married Angela in 2000, said cooking always has been a huge part of his wife’s life, even during their busiest days. He described how she would come home from a long day’s work, cut up chicken into cutlets, make a cucumber salad and a couple of side dishes, and then would constantly apologize for not being able to make a real dinner. “I come from a non-cooking environment,” John Fain said with a laugh. “My kids lived on pizza and hamburgers.” Over the years, that changed as he began to share his wife’s passion to the point where she now calls him her “sous-chef.” He is proud of his wife’s accomplishments and her new book. “She is not a chef like a restaurant,” he said. “But she is known as one of the most amazing Italian chefs in this area.” Massaro-Fain said it all comes naturally to her. “I think the biggest joy I get is to see other people happy,” she said. “To me, food always has been love.” That love includes Nanny. Among the more than 50 recipes in her book is Nanny’s string bean with mint salad. “I remember making that salad with her,” Massaro-Fain said. “It was a little garlic and olive oil. I loved the flavor and I loved the smell of the garlic. To this day, when I smell garlic, I think of my grandmother.”

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High profile golf continues in East County T he impact of having talented pro golfers at the Korn Ferry Tournament at Lakewood National and the World Golf Championships at the Concession this year was immediate. Fans flocked to the courses to see the pros, and media coverage carved out exposure that was sure to heighten the reputations of the courses, bring more tourists to the area and sell more Lakewood Ranch-area homes. Hosting a U.S, Open Local Qualifier April 28 doesn’t carry the same instant gratification, but Steve Dietz, the general manager of golf operations at the Waterlefe Golf and River Club, said the longterm benefits of hosting a prestigious golf event will be substantial. Dietz said hosting the first step toward the 121st U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, is sure to enhance Waterlefe’s reputation as one of Florida’s top courses. Florida has 13 U.S. Local Qualifiers, and while that might seem like a lot, dozens more courses applied to host the event and were turned down. It will be the seventh time Waterlefe has hosted a U.S. Open Local Qualifier and Dietz said the previous events generated more play at the course in the ensuing months and even years. Having a U.S. Open Qualifier

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Steve Dietz, the general manager of golf operations at the Waterlefe Golf and River Club, said his course’s reputation will be enhanced by hosting a U.S. Open Local Qualifier.

on its resume also has helped Waterlefe Golf and River Club accumulate a record 208 members at the current time, a number Dietz hopes will expand after this upcoming event. Dietz said there is no downside to hosting a U.S. Open Local Qualifier. Unlike the aforementioned pro tournaments, it is a one-day event that is open to anyone with a 1.4 handicap or lower. That one day is important because the members aren’t locked out of their home course for four days or more. He said he has seen many emails by the members who have

said they can’t wait to watch an estimated 60 golfers or more, some pros, some amateurs, try to earn one of a handful of qualifying spots to the U.S. Open Finals Qualifier and the chance to win a berth to Torrey Pines June 17-20. PGA Tour pros who haven’t qualified for the U.S. Open can skip this round and advance immediately to a Finals Qualifier, so Waterlefe isn’t likely to draw any big names. It more likely will be a field made up of regional pros who are seeking their big shot. However, anyone who has watched the Korn Ferry Tour

knows only a tiny difference separates struggling pros from the world’s best. The qualifier at Waterlefe could be a launching pad for a future star. Dietz urges area golf fans to clear time in their schedule to watch the action. “I remember watching the scores come through during the U.S. Open Local Qualifier here in 2006,” said Dietz, who started as an assistant pro at Waterlefe in 2005. “I was standing by the scoreboard. It was like, ‘Wow.’” Anyone who would like to check out the action, which begins at 8 a.m., can attend the event for free. Waterlefe will rent out golf carts to those who would rather not walk the course to follow the players. The day after the event always is big for Waterlefe members and those in the public who can play the same set-up to compare themselves to those chasing a U.S. Open berth. Those who play the back tees might be able to say, “I shot 66. I guess I could earn a U.S. Open berth.” Of course, it’s more likely the Waterlefe course will take its toll on anyone below the elite level. There’s no faking it around a very tough course. Dietz said Waterlefe’s members understand the course’s daily challenge. “This event (the U.S. Open Local Qualifier) falls at the end of our season,” Dietz said. “The

course is in its best shape. We don’t have to change our practices (in terms of maintenance). It’s really no different to host an event like this, because we operate to our usual standards.” Waterlefe was scheduled to host the event last year when it was cancelled due to the pandemic. Besides everything else, Dietz said the U.S, Open Local Qualifier is a good fit for Waterlefe. “You don’t have to be a pro golfer playing on a tour to play in a U.S. Open Local Qualifier,” Dietz said. “Anyone (with a 1.4 handicap or lower) can play. It fits our model. Anyone can play our course. You don’t have to be a member here because we have a daily fee.” His hope is that those who watch the U.S. Open Local Qualifier will want to become a member at Waterlefe. “Our fairways, our tee boxes, the quality of our greens, our course is in phenomenal shape,” Dietz said. “This is our opportunity to show off our course.”

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he Lakewood Ranch and Braden River high school winter guards were two weeks shy of performing at the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit State Championships last year when the competition was canceled due to COVID-19. Both schools’ teams were expecting to receive medals. “It got snatched away,” said Ricardo Robinson-Shinall, the winter guard director at Braden River High School. Coming into this year, both schools were excited to get back into competition, especially with all the changes to the school year due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The hard work of students on the winter guards paid off when Lakewood Ranch High School’s winter guard placed third in its division, Braden River High’s junior varsity team placed fourth in its division and Braden River’s

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Brianna Schepers, a sophomore in the Braden River High School JV winter guard, uses a rifle during the guard’s “Little Sparrow” performance.

varsity guard placed sixth in its division at the FFCC state championships March 27 in Daytona. “It’s significant we were able to achieve what we did because I still wanted to be smart about

COVID-19 protocols,” said Ron Lambert, the winter guard director at Lakewood Ranch High. “We only rehearsed twice per week for two hours each time, and we cut our fees in half for what a typical winter guard season would be. For a lot less money and time, we were able to get a great result because the kids worked hard and were efficient. I also have a great staff.” Lambert worked with the guard’s staff — Ashley DiMichiel, Jenny Kleer, Marina Mainella and Kenzie Beck — to prepare this year’s winter guard team for its Secret Agent MMB (Mustang Marching Band) routine. The routine was a “whodunit?” with guard members trying to find a briefcase with hidden gems and money, and the secret agent was revealed at the end, Lambert said. “Subject matter of winter guard shows tend to be serious, heavy and certainly artistic,” Lambert said. “Up to this point, we’ve done those types of shows. But since 2020 was such a dark year, I wanted to program something fun and uplifting.”

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This year’s competitions were a mixture of virtual and in-person due to the pandemic, and both Lambert and Robinson-Shinall were grateful to have a competitive season knowing it might not have happened. “The thing I enjoyed most about this season is the fact the kids actually got to go through the process of learning routines and all that stuff like a normal year,” Robinson-Shinall said. “It was good to see the kids being normal, especially after last year when we were in the middle of our season, and it got cut off from us.” Braden River High School’s JV winter guard team had the opportunity to virtually compete in the Winter Guard International semi finals April 10-11. Normally, only the varsity team enters the Winter Guard International competitions due to costs, but because the competition is virtual this year, Robinson-Shinall decided to have the JV team enter as well. At the FFCC state championship, the JV team performed a

The winter guard competition evolved from color guards that often are found at high schools and colleges where students use various equipment, such as flags, rifles or sabres with dance moves to help enhance and interpret the music of a marching band. Winter guard often is performed unaccompanied by the band to pre-recorded music.

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are staying loyal to the vision of the choreographer who created the ballet,” Paz said. “... These are moving bodies. What you want to do with the shot is make sure that you’re providing the best light.” Lauren Ostrander, a fellow coryphee dancer performing in the sixth program, says she’s a visual learner and has tried to view her performance videos with a more objective eye. “I’ll literally close one eye and move the phone super far away from me and try to watch it as maybe what majority of the audience is seeing,” Ostrander said. “I realized that they’re not picking apart every single pinky finger movement.” There’s no denying Pratt, Ostrander, and many other performers and staff members are looking forward to dancing in

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“Initially I didn’t like watching myself,” Pratt said. “It’s like hearing yourself back on voicemail. That was an obstacle, but now I’m in a place where I can’t quite say I enjoy it, but I’m using it as a learning tool where I’m watching what I’m doing.” While Pratt and other dancers have learned to put on a different kind of performance, the ballet’s technical staff has had to learn how to properly capture that performance on camera. “Everything was completely different before the pandemic,” said Andres Paz, a videographer who now helps edit the program’s videos. “Everything kind of transferred digitally after the pandemic so the dancers could keep dancing.” The company’s sixth digital program, set to premiere April 23, is a collection of works from Sir Frederick Ashton. Preparation for “Valses Nobles et Sentimentales”, “The Walk to the Paradise Garden’” and “Façade” requires a joint effort between the ballet’s lighting specialist, videographers, choreographers and performers to make the video look just right. Staff work for authenticity when lining up performers and adjusting the lights — they want the video on the audience’s screens to feel just like how it would in person. It requires a different skillset and approach for much of the company’s longtime staff. Assistant Producer Margaret Barbieri, who has staged the performances for the sixth program, directs the on-stage performers with a microphone while standing at a distance. It’s her favorite work, but she admits the new approach has been a trial and a tribulation. “You can’t say ‘Oh, that’s what I did last program so to apply to this (program),’” Barbieri said. “Every ballet is different.” Much of that difference and focus involves the right amount of color and lighting, which is where resident lighting designer Aaron Muhl comes in. He describes his job as a rotating process where he monitors both the live stage and the video coming through the cameras to make sure the proper amount of light and color is displayed on the stage so that it comes in looking authentic in video. The end result is often performers going through their motions on a brightly lit stage that ends up looking correct on video. Increasing and decreasing the intensity and color of light to match a production’s mood and emotion is what Muhl aims for with each production. “The camera is very sensitive to some colors, and not so sensitive to others,” Muhl said. “I find that I’m saturating color for the camera, as opposed to the live stage.” It has to do with the balance between what’s on stage and how it should look and what the camera actually picks up. Sometimes they’re minimal changes. And sometimes they are extraordinarily drastic changes.” Paz looks at the filmed result during rehearsal and makes sure the lighting, color and tone is how it should be as if you were in a live show. Everyone’s retinas are different, and everyone has a different kind of screen — be it a laptop, iPhone, tablet, or more — to view the shows on, and Paz and the videography team work hard to help make sure the programs look consistent on every device. “Every time there is a change, we immediately see it on the computer to make sure that we

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path toward more efficiency. When the four Manatee County commissioners began the process of replacing the county administrator, other commissioners began a campaign with other elected officials to thwart the change. It was painful for the public to watch as the bureaucrats fought back, but after several months Scott Hopes was installed as the new county administrator. Hopes brings to the county his extensive experience in private business as well as service on governmental bodies. With Hopes in place, the philosophical changes that commissioners Baugh, Satcher, Kruse and Van Ostenbridge have endorsed can now be implemented. We will see if our county government can be operated in a manner that will benefit the taxpayers while preparing for the future. Recently, our county received nationwide attention as a result of the leaks from the Piney Point phosphate holding ponds. Fortunately, Scott Hopes portrayed a competent and educated response to the crisis that reflected well on our county. The taxpayers will continue to watch our commissioners to see if they can follow through on creating a government that is streamlined and efficient and forward thinking. BOB SPENCER

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commissioners and one returning commissioner were elected. The four candidates, Vanessa Baugh, James Satcher, George Kruse and Kevin an Ostenbridge ran on a platform of lowering taxes, curtailing the growth of government and making county government more efficient, while preparing Manatee County for the growth that is coming. The naysayers told people the candidates were naive and did not understand the complexity of government. The candidates nevertheless were successful at the ballot box and began the process of implementing their philosophy. They realized that the change they represented was anathema to the entrenched bureaucrats in our county government. They further realized they would need a county administrator with private business experience to help them reach their goals of changing the philosophy of Manatee County government. Years ago, Ronald Reagan had experienced similar pushback when he was elected president and began trying to change the way our federal government worked. The air traffic controllers union demanded huge pay raises from the federal government and went on strike. Reagan faced immense pressure from the entrenched federal bureaucracy to settle with the union and let things continue as they had in the past. Reagan stood firm and fired the workers who refused to return to work. Reagan’s steadfastness in the face of the hand wringing from the entrenched power structure put the federal government on a

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“As a team, we just want to go as far as we can go in the postseason. It’s what we talk about all the time.” Lakewood Ranch High’s John Schroeder SEE PAGE 18

Popularity insured Lakewood Ranch’s Dick Vitale finds crossover fame with a new Geico commercial. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER

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Former Lakewood Ranch High softball player Avery Goelz, a freshman at Florida, went 2-2 with a double, a walk and three RBIs April 4 in the Gators’ 17-1 win against Georgia.

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Braden River High baseball pitcher Landon Kiefer threw six shutout innings, striking out seven batters, April 7 in the Pirates’ 1-0 win against Lakewood Ranch High.

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Judy Atkins sank a hole-in-one April 6 on the No. 6 hole on Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club’s Royal Lakes course. Atkins used a pitching wedge on the 91yard hole.

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Jan Hanson sank a hole-in-one April 6 on the No. 4 hole on Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club’s Royal Lakes course. Hanson used a 6-hybrid on the 99-yard hole.

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Lakewood Ranch High girls lacrosse sophomore Jaelyn Broske scored six goals April 9 in the Mustangs’ 16-3 win against Sarasota High.

akewood Ranch’s Dick Vitale was out and about when a particularly precocious child pointed at him and called him “The Geico Man.” Even at 81 years old, life continues to offer surprises for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster. Known for his college basketball broadcasting excellence for ESPN, Vitale is reaching an entirely different audience due to one 30-second commercial for Geico. In the 30-second spot, the Lakewood Ranch resident is auditioning to be a company spokesman, dishing out his classic catchphrases and even pouring a jug of sports drink over his head. He then asks the Geico reps if his actions were “too much” while standing soaking wet, making audiences across the country laugh. Vitale said he now finds himself being recognized for that commercial, as opposed to his long career in basketball. That’s OK, though, for Vitale said he’s glad the spot is making his brand more visible to non-sports fans. Vitale, of course, knows the notoriety will help him raise even more money for children’s cancer research. Besides, he said the commercial was a blast to film. It only took three takes — and a bit of studio magic. “I could barely lift that [jug] two inches off the ground, it was so heavy,” Vitale said of the bucket of a sports drink. “They were able to create a pulley system to lift it. When I said the magic word, it got raised a bit. Then it was like lifting a piece of paper.” Vitale’s brand is increasing at an age when most sports broad-

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Dick Vitale called college basketball games from his office during the 2020-2021 season. Vitale said the most difficult part was knowing when to enter the conversation.

casters begin to slow down, if they haven’t stopped entirely. Vitale said he has no plans to join the ranks of the retired. On April 1, ESPN announced Vitale had signed an extension with the network through the 2023-2024 season, which will be Vitale’s 45th year at ESPN. “I’ve always said, I will never embarrass myself, my family or my network,” Vitale said. “If I didn’t feel in my soul and my spirit that I can still do the things I’ve done in the past, I wouldn’t do it. I don’t need the money. But I love doing it, and I feel as good in my knowledge of the players and in my rapport with coaches as ever.” Vitale’s 2020-2021 season was a unique challenge in his career. ESPN elected to have Vitale and other broadcasters call games from their homes out of coronavirus precautions. Thanks to the expertise of ESPN’s technical staff, Vitale said using broadcast equipment at home was a breeze. What was more difficult were the things unable to be replicated

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digitally, like perfecting your timing. When you’re not next to your broadcast partner, Vitale said, you’re not concentrating on the game as much as you usually are. Vitale said he hopes to be back calling games in-person next season, and as more events are held indoors this spring and summer, it appears likely he will. Vitale himself is holding his annual Dick Vitale Gala on May 7 at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The annual event, which raises money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, will be held in person this year after an all-digital broadcast in 2020. There will also be a livestream of the event for those unable to attend. People can donate online at DickVitaleGala.com, or they can purchase autographed merchandise from him in person. He’s not hard to spot as most weekdays around noon, Vitale said, he will be at Lakewood Ranch’s First Watch location with a stack of books and T-shirts.

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One final encore for Braden River’s Gordon A t the 2021 Manatee-Sarasota Boys and Girls Basketball Senior All-Star Games, one player rose above the rest. The event, which also featured 3-point contests and a dunk contest, was held April 8 at Bradenton Christian School, though Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball coach Jeremy Schiller was the event’s de facto host. In a rare occurrence, the boys’ game did not feature a single player from Lakewood Ranch High, Braden River High or The Out-of-Door Academy. Manatee won the boys game 63-62. The girls’ game, however, saw a handful of area seniors get a final encore, and that included Braden River’s O’Mariah Gordon, the two-time Gatorade Florida Girls Basketball Player of the Year and a Florida State signee. Due to a shortage of players on Sarasota’s side, Braden River’s All-Stars actually switched teams, so Gordon and fellow Pirate Cheyenne Stubbs went against Lakewood Ranch All-Stars Taylor Young and Jordan Brown, who represented Manatee. During the game, Gordon was still doing all the amazing things we have come to expect. Even though the game’s result was meaningless, she was giving it everything she had. At one point in the second quarter, Gordon missed a 3-point shot from the

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Above: Pirates Coach Stephanie Smith, Braden River senior O’Mariah Gordon and Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball Coach Jeremy Schiller celebrate Gordon’s overall 3-point contest win. Gordon made 13 shots in one minute in the finals. Right: Braden River High senior O’Mariah Gordon won the 3-point contest by hitting 18 shots in the girls final, then 13 shots in the overall final to beat Southeast High’s Galen Washington.

left side of the arc, then sprinted to the right corner of the arc to grab her own rebound before it went out of bounds. In the fourth quarter, Gordon connected on her version of an alley-oop from Stubbs — instead of a dunk, she turned the lob pass into a smoother-than-butter reverse layup in midair. The “Sarasota” All-Stars would defeat Manatee 59-35. Gordon finished with 14 points, while Stubbs, a Canisius signee, finished with 16 and took home the game’s MVP award. Gordon likely could have scored more

if she felt like it, but as she’s done throughout her career, she looked to get her teammates as many looks as possible. In a game with no stakes, that meant a lot of looks for others. After the game, Gordon said she just wanted to compete against her fellow seniors one last time. “I’m so glad I got to finish with a group of players like this,” Gordon said. “We’ve been

playing each other since we were freshmen. We’ve seen each other develop. We all want the best for each other in the future. It was fun to have this game, to go out like this.” She wasn’t done, though. Gordon took part in the evening’s 3-point contest, winning the girls’ division by sinking 18 shots in 60 seconds. She would later defeat the boys’ champion,

Southeast High’s Galen Washington, by hitting 13 shots in 60 seconds. In my years covering the Manatee-Sarasota All-Star Games, no girls representative has come close to defeating the boys representative. For Gordon, it was no sweat. Gordon said she’s been having mixed feelings over the last few weeks. She’s excited to get to Florida State and start getting college-level ready, she said, but she’s also going to miss this area and the people who helped her grow her game from the beginning. “I’m just soaking up these last moments,” Gordon said. I hope people went to see Gordon play locally while they had the chance. Players like her don’t come around too often. She’s the 31st-ranked player in the country by ESPN, and that’s while standing at 5-foot-4. If she was even three inches taller, I believe she’d be in the top 10. Her skills deserve that ranking. She’s going to be a stat-stuffing machine at Florida State, and I bet you’ll be seeing her skills on SportsCenter, too.

Ryan Kohn is the sports writer for the East County Observer. Contact him at RKohn@ YourObserver.com.

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What are your goals for this season? As a team, we just want to go as far as we can go in the postseason. It’s what we talk about all the time. That’s all that matters. What is your favorite TV show? I’ve been liking ‘Criminal Minds’ lately. Also ‘Breaking Bad.’ I’m big into crime shows and things like that. What is the best advice you have received? Always try your hardest in everything you do. That’s something I think about a lot. Finish this sentence: John Schroeder is ...” … Fun.

What is your favorite memory? My freshman year, we played St. Petersburg High for the district title at home, and I hit a walk-off single to win the game 1-0. That was a great moment. What has been your biggest challenge? I’m working on being more vocal on the field. Calling out situations and making sure everyone knows what they’re doing.

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YOUR NEIGHBORS CREATIVE MINDS COLLIDE

East County’s Joe Eckstein, an illustrator, and Country Club East’s David Wiegand work together to create Wiegand’s first book, “The Martian Menace.” Wiegand connected with Eckstein through the Nextdoor app.

ABOUT THE BOOK “The Martian Menace” is the first book in The Fantastical Adventures of Chilip and Pourtney series. The story is about 12-year-old Chilip and his 10-year-old sister, Pourtney, who are awakened in the middle of the night by an encounter with extraterrestrials. The siblings have to overcome their sibling rivalry and work together to save the world and their dad.

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ast Christmas, Country Club East’s David Wiegand wrapped two copies of a children’s book and sent them to his children Philip and Courtney in Maryland. The presents came with instructions to open them while someone took a video. When Philip and Courtney Wiegand opened their gifts, they saw an illustration of themselves as children on the cover of “The Martian Menace,” the first book their father wrote and self-published as part of The Fantastical Adventures of Chilip and Pourtney series. “It was something I had wanted to give to my kids and something that would be there to remind them of a special time in our lives growing up together, me as a parent and them as kids,” Wiegand said. Wiegand would always read books to his children when they were toddlers, but one day, his children insisted he tell a new story, a story he made up. “I made up these stream-ofconsciousness-type of stories, and wherever my mind took me, that’s where they went,” Wiegand said. “They loved it because they saw themselves as characters in the book, too. I told them the stories in a way they would be able to identify with the characters.” These stories inspired Wiegand to start writing his own stories when he retired five years ago, leading to “The Martian Menace.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR DAVID WIEGAND Residence: Country Club East Age: 68 Family: Wife, Hanne Johansen, and children Philip and Courtney Favorite book: “Memories” by Mike McQuay

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East County’s Joe Eckstein, an illustrator, and Country Club East’s David Wiegand, the author of “The Martian Menace” show off some sketches in the book.

When Wiegand started writing in 2018, he knew he had to have illustrations for his children’s book. He decided to go onto Nextdoor to see if any artists in the area would be willing to work with him on the book. At least a half dozen artists commented on his post, including East County’s Joe Eckstein. “Joe was a godsend because he’s a children’s book illustrator. How much better can you get than that?” Wiegand said. Eckstein has been illustrating

JOE ECKSTEIN Residence: East County (off Lorraine Road) Age: 42 Family: Wife, Kristen Eckstein Favorite project: “Herby Gets a Life” by Joe Eckstein

and drawing professionally since he was in high school. His classmates would pay him to create flip-books, and he also freelanced for organizations. “I love creating a world where these characters live, and I love telling stories with my art,” Eckstein said. “I feel like it’s a calling for me to be able to create something that’s not there and give life to these ideas.”

Eckstein went on to get a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and was hired as a digital artist and illustrator for a greeting card company in Toledo, Ohio, after he graduated. He also has experience as a graphic designer. Wiegand gave Eckstein photos of his kids from when they were children to help Eckstein develop the characters. “I love the process of collaborating with the author because we kind of bounce ideas off of each other,” Eckstein said. “He has a vision for the book and the story and that feeds into my creativity to create something that will communicate the story and the emotions.” “The Martian Menace” was published in January 2020. Wiegand is now working on the second book in The Fantastical Adventures of Chilip and Pourtney series, but he’s not in a rush to write it. “More and more I’m learning to kind of relax, slow down a little bit, enjoy the scenery and enjoy life,” Wiegand said. “There’s a lot of it to see out there and a lot of it to enjoy, so I’m not in any particular hurry to get another project out there. I’m working on it, little by little, and it’s going to happen but at its pace.”

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akewood Ranch’s Allen Pfaadt held the hand of his 2-year-old grandson Bradlee Pfaadt while they made their way on the field at Sarasota Polo Club April 8. The two walked to a divot, and Bradlee stomped it back into the ground. “Here’s another one,” Allen Pfaadt said to his elated grandson. The Pfaadts, along with dozens of others, continued to stomp divots before the polo match continued during Sunset Polo Happy Hour. Allen Pfaadt thought Sunset Polo would be an opportunity to introduce the sport to his grandson. “He’s never seen it before,” Allen Pfaadt said. “We hope to put him in polo camps when he’s older.” April 8 was the first time Lakewood Ranch’s Greg and Annie Kemp and their friends Earl and Candy Robertson, of Lakewood Ranch, went to Sunset Polo, but it won’t be their last. “This is too much fun,” Annie Kemp said. “We’re going to come back with chairs and a cooler.”

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CASUAL CORNHOLE Begins at 9 a.m. at Bob Gardner Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch Community Activities is hosting a casual cornhole league that runs through March 11 for those 18 and up. A fee of $25 covers all sessions. For more information or to register, go to MyLWR.com or call 7271505.

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DISC GOLF Begins at noon at Bob Gardner Community Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. MVP Sports and Social begins its Frisbee Disc Golf League that is free for residents and $10 for nonresidents. Ages 8 and up are eligible. For more information, go to MyLWR.com. LEARN TO FISH Begins at 10 a.m. at James Patton Park, 5725 White Eagle Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club and Lakewood Ranch Community Activities provide basic lessons on fishing, such as casting

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SUNSET POLO Begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Lakewood Ranch. Evening polo is now open to the public at the Sarasota Polo Club. The Thursday Sunset Polo Happy Hour runs through April 22. The free event includes polo, an opening parade, halftime entertainment and divot stomping. Food and drinks are available. For more information, go to SarasotaPolo.com.

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KIDS SAFETY EVENT Runs from noon to 3 p.m. at the Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. The Mall at UTC is hosting a kids’ safety event that brings together multiple organizations that keep children safe. The free event will be held on the Dillard’s Court and outside in Parking Lot 8. For more informatiom, go to Mallatutc.com.

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LATIN JAZZ IN THE PARK Begins at 3 p.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Nathan Benderson Park will host the Heat Latin Jazz Band outdoors in the park. Tickets are $35. For more information, go to NathanBendersonPark. com. MARKET AT LAKEWOOD RANCH Runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The

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home in Lake Club topped all transactions in this week’s real estate. Reuben Ben-Arie, trustee, and Sarah Ben-Arie, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home at 16318 Foremast Place to Pan States Properties Investments LLC for $2 million. Built in 2009, it has five bedrooms, four-and-twohalf baths, a pool and 6,068 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.25 million in 2012. COUNTRY CLUB

Teresa Lee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 6923 Belmont Court to Paul and Jennifer Rivard, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1,899,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,105 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,675,000 in 2016. Naudain Street LLC sold the home at 6831 Dominion Lane to Thomas DelVecchio and Lori Marie Riordan, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1,449,000. Built in 2005, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,533 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $710,000 in 2020. Jeffrey and Krista Millea, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 12439 Highfield Circle to Wendy and Greg Dinetz, of Lone Tree, Colorado, for $1.34 million. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,055 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,225,000 in 2015. Andrew and Mary Dietterle sold their home at 12715 Deacons Place to Thomas and Kerri Harter, of Bradenton, for $1.22 million. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,581 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $900,000 in 2018. Margaret Mathies, trustee, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home at 7005 Dominion Lane to David Allen Jr., of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.15 million. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,146 square feet of living area. Michael Hayes, of Lakewood Ranch, sold his home at 7150 Sandhills Place to Aseem Rawal and Zohreh Laura Tabatabai, of Tiburon, California, for $475,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,173 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $432,000 in 2014. HARBOUR WALK

Stephen and Annette Bell, of Bradenton, sold their home at 504 Mast Drive to Sheflin Properties LLC for $1,562,000. Built

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John and Karen Mathis, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7047 Stanhope Place to Marion and Viveca Wright for $999,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,972 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $830,000 in 2013. ESPLANADE

James and Margaret Randolph sold their home at 4644 Benito Court to Edward and Kathleen Donnery, of Bradenton, for $889,000. Built in 2017, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,090 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $681,800 in 2017. Edward and Ann Halavick sold their home at 12776 Fontana Loop to Michael and Marilyn DeLuca, of Lakewood Ranch, for $549,900. Built in 2013, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,887 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $477,000 in 2017. RIVER FOREST

Tierney Foster-Abel, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, sold her home at 5919 River Forest Circle to Eric and Tina Zwirner, of Bradenton, for $875,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,458 square feet of living area. COUNTRY CLUB EAST

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The home at 16318 Foremast Place in the Lake Club sold for $2 million. It has five bedrooms, four and two half baths, a pool and is 6,068 square feet

$419,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,342 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 2011. THE MOORINGS AT EDGEWATER

Roy Johnson, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the Unit 201 condominium at 6427 Moorings Point Circle to Stephen Lattmann, of Lakewood Ranch, for $631,300. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,963 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,000 in 2019.

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Gary and Patricia Rothrock, of Bradenton, sold their home at 4608 Blue Marlin Drive to Peter Johnson, of Bradenton, for $624,900. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,385 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $465,000 in 2017. Christopher and Violet Morton, of Ellenton, sold their home at 4740 Compass Drive to Jeffrey and Michelle Clark, of BradenSEE REAL ESTATE, PAGE 26

In with the new

John and Sue Gouse sold their home at 15712 Castle Park Terrace to Pamela Loduca-Massa, trustee, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for $859,000. Built in 2018, it has three bedrooms, two-anda-half baths, a pool and 2,599 square feet of living area. EATON PLACE

Alfredo and Evelyn Santi, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7354 Easton Court to Harry Gaples, trustee, of University Park, for $700,000. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,274 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $545,000 in 2017.

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Marcia and Richard Polese, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 14718 Bowfin Terrace to Craig and Lisa Schoenfeld, of Lakewood Ranch, for $650,000. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,211 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2015. Michael and Liza Zona, of Windermere, sold their home at 6415 Royal Tern Circle to Kerolus and Marina Gabriel, of Lakewood Ranch, for $560,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,005 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $432,000 in 2015. Wilfredo Miranda and Janette Martinez, of Charlotte, North Carolina, sold their home at 15306 Blue Fish Circle to John Le, of Lakewood Ranch, for

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Bonnie and Carl Mittelstadt, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 8338 Abingdon Court to Forrest-Wong Revocable Trust of 2019 for $615,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,489 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $565,000 in 2015.

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Patrick and Cozette Lillard sold their home at 724 Rosemary Circle to Deirdre Dickman and Gavin Dickman, of Bradenton, for $577,000. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,757 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $426,000 in 2016.

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Andrzej and Ciborowski, of Bradenton, sold the home at 6120 Ninth Ave. Circle N.E. to Hoi Thanh Huynh, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, for $575,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,500 square feet of living area. RIVER CLUB SOUTH

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Anna Thompson, of Lakeland, for $575,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,669 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $370,000 in 2002. Edward and Mary Ann Mooney, of St. James, New York, sold their home at 10243 Silverado Circle to Gerald Lee and Janice Lee Gallagher, of Bradenton, for $459,000. Built in 1996, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,982 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $320,000 in 2015. Rye Wilderness Estates Rolando and Anna Reyes, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 373 165th Court N.E. to Lori Greene, of Bradenton, for $555,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 2,612 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $370,000 in 2014. MALLORY PARK

Henry and Jennifer Dearing, of Palmetto, sold their home at 12115 Seabrook Ave. to Gary and Gwenn Blau, of Bradenton, for $550,000. Built in 2017, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,025 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $430,500 in 2017. ROSEDALE ADDITION

4141 Inc. sold the home at 4916 Tobermory Way to Victor and Susan Becks, of Bradenton, for $525,000. Built in 2018, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,186 square feet of living area. Manoharan Balakrisbnan and Agila Manoharan, trustees, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home

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William Camp Jr. and Annette Centofanti-Camp, of Micaville, North Carolina, sold their home at 8133 Misty Oaks Blvd. to Mariyan and Ganchimeg Ivanov, of Sarasota, for $510,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,423 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $335,000 in 2003. PLANTERS MANOR AT GREENFIELD PLANTATION

Dennis and Beatriz Niemeyer sold their home at 502 Planters Manor Way to Martin Inverson Rose and Elizabeth Jo Rose, of Bradenton, for $501,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,328 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $330,000 in 2004. VIRGINIA WATER

Jean Emery, trustee, of Naples, sold the home at 7138 Prestwick Court to Paul and Katherine Crits-Christoph, of University Park, for $500,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,928 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $565,000 in 2006. LENNOX GARDENS

Francine Brown, trustee, of Bradenton, sold the home at 7033 Lennox Place to Sheryl Smoker, of University Park, for

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16 High: 79 Low: 69 Chance of rain: 18%

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