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Star on the rise When Braden River High School sophomore Jayden Green (above) sang her original song “I Won’t Leave You Alone,” she channeled her feelings from moving from Texas four months ago. “My whole life, I’ve been writing songs, but this song I felt really would equate to what I’m going through and how amazing God has been to my family and to me as we first came here,” Green said. Green won first place at Braden River Idol on Oct. 28 with her original song and performance of “Rise Up” by Andra day.

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Lakewood Ranch gets cellular upgrades Cellphone service providers begin adding small-cell technology at various East County sites. PAGE 3A

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Engaging lesson R. Dan Nolan Middle School Spanish teacher Kerry Fernandez (above) could have shown her students pictures of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is celebrated in Mexico from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Instead, she became a living example of the holiday by painting her face and donning the appropriate costume Oct. 31. “It’s bringing an authentic activity,” Fernandez said of why she did it. “It’s one thing to see it in a book. It’s another for them to experience it.” Fernandez grew up celebrating the holiday as a native of the Dominican Republic.

Career soldier adjusts to new life Marine Corps veteran makes his home in Lakewood Ranch after 21 years of service. SEE PAGE 2A Courtesy photo

Jacob Inopiquez dresses in a Marine Corps uniform just like his father, Denver, who served in the Marine Corps for 21 years. He retired in 2017.

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Deven, Rachel, Denver and Jacob Inopiquez say they have struggled to transition to civilian life after Denver retired from the Marine Corps in 2017.

Marine adjusts to life in paradise PTSD isn’t the only factor veterans face as they transition to civilian life. LIZ RAMOS STAFF WRITER

With Veterans Day almost upon us, we are likely to hear the many stories of former soldiers suffering from PTSD. But PTSD is only one factor that prevents veterans from making a

smooth transition to civilian life. While many other factors aren’t near as serious as PTSD, they do cause an uneasiness for veterans and their families. Take retired Sgt. Denver Inopiquez, for instance, who moved to Lakewood Ranch two years ago after 21 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps, Inopiquez was responsible for 80 Marines. His phone was constantly ringing, and he was always on the go.

After retiring in 2017, he didn’t know what to do with himself. “After getting out, I was like, ‘I’m it?’” he said. “I’m just responsible for myself?” Even in paradise, that can be a problem. Inopiquez enlisted at 18 years old out of El Paso, Texas, in November 1996 and served as a military police officer providing security services on military bases and in transporting prisoners. The big question after retiring was ‘What’s next?’

“You do something for 21 years — that’s your lifestyle,” said his wife, Rachel Inopiquez. “That’s our lives. The kids were like, ‘We’re not going to be around a military base or around other military kids?’ We were out of our comfort zone.” With Rachel and their two sons, Deven and Jacob, he moved to Lakewood Ranch after hearing from friends how well Florida treated veterans. When the family was living on bases and constantly moving wherever the Marine Corps stationed them, they leaned on other military families for support. “The Corps’ heart is the military families because they all support each other,” Rachel Inopiquez said. “Other spouses know the struggles. My kids’ friends know that their dads or moms can be deployed at any minute.” The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a “toolkit” for transitioning to civilian life. It is valuable for both veterans, and for civilians who don’t understand the veterans’ plight. One of the topics is “the veteran and his or her family may have to find new ways to join or create a social community.” Inopiquez and his family no longer are surrounded by military families who understood what they have been through. Inopiquez said he has had to remind himself that being late to an event, being able to quit a job or even voicing his opinion doesn’t always come with consequences as it did when he was serving. The Veterans Affairs’ toolkit notes, “The military provides structure and has a clear chain of command. This does not routinely exist outside the military.” After retiring, Inopiquez said

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CALL IT A CELL-ABRATION Verizon, AT&T among the cellphone providers that are upgrading their service in East County. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

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hree years ago, Summ e r f i e l d re s i d e n t Amanda Oaxaca was shopping at the Lakewood Walk Publix at the corner of State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, and she locked her keys in her car. It was dark outside, and Oaxaca’s cellphone didn’t have a signal. She ended up walking home. She was glad it was a short walk but was embarrassed it happened. Her problems with cellular service have remained constant since then, with dropped calls, missed calls and garbled conversations, particularly when she drives along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard or steps outside her home, where Wi-Fi-calling is no longer enabled. “I think service on the whole Lakewood Ranch Boulevard is pretty poor until you get to University [Parkway],” she said. “It’s awful. We have to do something. We need to function. It’s like we’re living in a one-horse town instead of a master-planned community.” That’s why Oaxaca is hopeful the installation of small-cell technology throughout Lakewood Ranch might alleviate the problem. Unlike traditional cellular towers, which stand about 150 feet tall, small-cell technology can be attached to existing buildings, light poles or other structures and is used to boost cellphone coverage for major wireless providers while adding capacity where there are gaps in coverage. They are generally placed 50 feet high or shorter. Currently, Manatee County is now seeing a flurry of activity from cellular providers in the Lakewood Ranch area with more than 20 small-cell technology applications currently under review, permitted or being installed in the area. “I am super excited to see if this will make our lives better,” Oaxaca said. Verizon Communications Inc. is leading the way with 16 locations slated for Lakewood Ranch alone. AT&T Inc. has one planned for Lakewood Ranch, but 19 other locations are under review for south-central and east Bradenton, said Anthony Russo, the county Public Works deputy director of field operations services. He said that the installation of the technology is a three-part process with the installation of a pole, if needed, attachment of the antenna and hardware and then the electric and fiber-optics run to the pole. “It’s no different than a streetlight,” Russo said. Verizon spokeswoman Kate

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WHAT IS SMALL CELL? Small-cell technology consists of wireless transmitters and receivers designed to provide network coverage to smaller areas. The technology is usually attached to poles or buildings shorter than or equal to 50 feet tall. Small-cell technology needs to connect with macro sites (usually poles 150 feet or higher) in the area to work properly. Small-cell technology strengthens coverage and data transfer speeds where devices might otherwise compete for bandwidth. Small cells have been shown to extend handset battery life by reducing power draw, so devices can go longer between charges.

AT&T One location permitted but not yet constructed on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, just south of S.R. 70. AT&T has 19 other locations under review for permits within south-central and east Bradenton but did not release the locations.

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Jay said Verizon’s placement of small cells in the area is part of the company’s overall national 4G network plan meant to stay ahead of consumer demands. She said Verizon expects consumers to use five times more data in 2021 than they do today. “It’s about enhancing [service] in areas where users need it most,” she said. “Small cells really help with capacity. We’ve already started construction on some of the nodes, and that will continue into the end of the year and into next year. We’ll get them up and running as quickly as we can.” She said a small cell’s range can be up to 2,000 feet — about the length of five-and-a-half football fields. Dan Perka, the senior vice president and general counsel for Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, said the company has supported improvements to cellphone infrastructure. It has leased land for four traditional communications towers — located at the flagpole at the Sarasota Polo Club (now under new ownership), on the north side of University Parkway at the east end of the road, at 44th Avenue a few hundred yards west of Lorraine Road and at Lakewood Ranch Boulevard north of Rangeland Parkway. Last year, it supported a development application by Lennar Homes to construct another such tower on property near the intersection of 44th Avenue East and Lorraine Road. In 2017, SMR offered easements at no cost to a company that hoped to build small-cell poles, similar to those now being constructed by Verizon and AT&T, for multiple carriers. “These poles are about the height of a streetlight,” Perka said. “If [Manatee] county staff can exercise reasonable judgment in approving the location of these poles, the system should be an

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A crew from HP Communications works on installing a small-cell pole along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard at Players Drive.

HOUSE BILL Adopted in 2017, House Bill 687 allows cellular communication companies to place their cell technology on public utility poles that are used to provide lighting, traffic control, signage or a similar function. Among the restrictions is that a small wireless cell can be no higher than 10 feet above the utility pole or structure upon which it is to be located. A new utility pole can be no higher than the tallest existing utility pole located in the right-of-way within 500 feet of the proposed location or if there is no utility pole within 500 feet, no higher than 50 feet.

asset to the community.” Russo said Manatee County’s guidelines for such systems encourage cellular technology companies to make their technology “blend in” with the surrounding area, and providers have been accommodating. Russo said micro-antenna systems cannot be more than 10 feet taller than adjacent poles, per Manatee County’s regulations. Lakewood Ranch resident Jay Schwartz began a petition to improve cellular service in Lakewood Ranch in late 2016 and has gone door to door routinely since then to garner signatures and talk with neighbors about the need for change.

Schwartz said he is glad the small-cell technology is finally coming but hopes it will be more expansive than what currently is planned by carriers. “I think it’s great it’s happening,” Schwartz said. “It’s going to improve home service for some but not for others. I’m not going to be happy until Lakewood Ranch is covered with them.” Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh said most people who have offered feedback seem pleased about an improvement in service. “It’s better than a 150-foot cell tower in a residential area,” Baugh said. “It’s the best way to go. Everyone is going to benefit.”

VERIZON Sixteen Lakewood Ranch area locations are permitted, some of which are either installed or under construction: n On west side of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, north of Parkside Place; n On west side of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard between S.R. 70 and Rangeland Parkway; n On River Club Boulevard (median) at Braden River Middle School entrance area; n At northeast corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Watercrest Way; n At southwest corner of University Parkway and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard; n At southeast corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Health Park Way; n At northeast corner of Lakewood Ranch and Balmoral Woods boulevards; n On east side of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard at Switchgrass Trail; n On west side of River Club Boulevard just south of Winged Foot Terrace; n On east side of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard just south of Lost Creek Terrace; n On west side of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, north of Malachite Drive; n On west side of Greenbrook Boulevard just south of Waterthrush Place; n On west side of Lorraine Road just south of S.R. 70; n On east side of Lorraine Road just north of Greenbrook Boulevard; n On east side of Lorraine Road just north of Players Drive; and n On east side of Lorraine Road north of Covenant Way.


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The University Park Recreation District is moving forward with a bond sale worth $24 million, so it can purchase the University Park Country Club and some other properties within its boundaries. Supervisors for the recreation district authorized the issuance of the bonds Oct. 29 in preparation of a Nov. 13 sale date. “This is the last step the board needs to take to move forward with its bond sale,” Recreation District attorney Bob Gang said. District Manager Hank Fishkind said supervisors will know if the sale was successful by noon Nov. 13 and that the bond issuance will be an all-or-nothing bid because $24 million is not a large amount for the municipal bond market. Because of that, residents of University Park will not be able to purchase portions of the bonds as previously anticipated. A successful bond sale would allow the University Park Recreation District to purchase the University Park Country Club, its 266-acre golf course, ponds within the community and an additional 100 acres of conservation area and other land from its current owners, Keswick Investments LLC and University Park Partners LLC, for about $16.98 million. Leftover bond sales money will be used toward reserves and district needs.

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On Nov. 4, Recreation District supervisors ratified and reaffirmed the issuance of the bonds, as well as other documents related to the overall sale, including $1 million in general liability insurance plus a $10 million umbrella policy for the club. University Park Homeowner’s Association representative John Whyte said an agreement to turn over the association from the developers to residents has been signed by University Park’s developers. After the sale is completed, the turnover process will begin, starting with the election of University Park’s first resident-only board in mid-December. University Park opened in 1991 as a joint partnership between developer Pat Neal, of Neal Communities, and the late Rolf Pasold, whose family is represented by Charles Varah. Neal’s son, John, bought his father’s stake in 2007.

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University Park Recreation District Manager Hank Fishkind talks about the bond sale process with supervisors of the recreation board.

A bond sale worth $24 million is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 13. University Park Recreation District officials will review responses and determine the best option. Sale of the bonds will allow the Recreation District to pay for the University Park Country Club and other specific properties within the districts’ boundaries. A closing for those properties is scheduled for Nov. 22.


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Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh says she was pleased Tara Preserve residents Judy Koegel, Lucy Kemp, Shannon Fedder and Darby Connor feel the changes will improve safety.

County improves safety on Tara Boulevard Residents say new signals at a pedestrian crosswalk will slow motorists, reduce accidents. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

Two years ago, Tara Preserve resident Lucy Kemp was walking her dog, Maggie, on the sidewalk along Tara Boulevard when a white car jumped the curb, popped a tire and nearly struck them. The incident rattled her but didn’t keep her from continuing to

walk almost daily along the roadway, albeit with a sense of angst. Now, however, she said she feels a bit safer doing it. Manatee County on Oct. 28 activated flashing lights and pedestrian crossing signs on Tara Boulevard at its intersection with Tailfeather Way, just north of where Kemp’s incident occurred. “Somebody cared,” Kemp said.

The intersection is a two-way stop where traffic enters from Tailfeather Way and from the entrance/exit to the Cypress Strand Condominiums; it is also a school bus stop. Tara resident Darby Connor, who had been lobbying for stop signs at the intersection for about three years, said he’s grateful for the changes. The pedestrian

crossing signs and flashing signals, which pedestrians activate when ready to cross the road, warn motorists to slow down. They also help slow traffic going into the curve immediately south of the intersection. Connor said he routinely sees drivers reach 60 mph in a stretch of road that is 30 mph, so slowing vehicles is important for improving safety.

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“You can already see people slow down,” he said. “This is proof that it works. They’re stopping.” Connor has seen accidents at the curve, including one death (2017) and one truck overturned in a pond (2010). Connor said the Tara Community Development District has spent more than $10,000 over the past decade on replanting and restoring landscaping damaged by vehicles running off the roadway. Connor had hoped for a fourway stop on Tara Boulevard but said he is satisfied with the compromise. He had been told the intersection did not qualify for stop signs and eventually solicited the help of District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh for some sort of change. Baugh praised the Manatee County Public Works Department and its new director, Chad Butzow, for their efforts to address residents’ concerns. “This has been a great joint partnership between the residents and public works,” Baugh said. “This was so necessary.” Judy Koegel, who has lived in Tara Preserve since 2002, said she already sees a difference in driver behavior and believes the new signs will help improve safety. “We now have something where the drivers see you have to be cautious,” Koegel said. “We had a crosswalk, but it wasn’t enough. It governs behavior. It's for the common good of everyone entering Tara Boulevard.” Connor is hopeful Tara and Manatee County can work together again to improve safety at another intersection on Tara Boulevard — at Tara Preserve Lane, where vehicles turn to go to Linger Lodge Road and Tara Elementary School.

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From his new apartment at Residences at the Green, Chip Eggerton can walk to do his grocery shopping, to frequent restaurants or even to volunteer at Tidewell Hospice’s Lakewood Ranch Hospice House. The walkable lifestyle is as close to an urban setting as he and his partner, Eric Brauner, can get as they care for Eggerton’s 86-yearold mother, Marian Eggerton, who lives with them. “We love urban living,” Chip Eggerton said. “Here, we’re in a place that’s walkable.” Eggerton said he loves the location of the just-opened Residences at the Green, as well as features of his apartment. He even has a wine tasting room at the Residences’ clubhouse. The 300-unit apartment complex is located near the southeast corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Rangeland Parkway — behind the Earth Fare grocery store. It opened Oct. 1 and will officially celebrate its grand opening Nov. 15. Steven Hydinger, the managing director of BREC Development, a development partner with Tavistock Development on the project, said the apartments were designed with the active lifestyle in mind with features such as bike storage garages and a heated pool with lap lanes. The project is near a community park and Lakewood Ranch’s trail system.

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STUDENTS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE Gullett Elementary fifth graders don costumes during Boo-ography Reports. LIZ RAMOS STAFF WRITER

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ozens of famous people haunted B.D. Gullett Elementary School on Oct. 31. Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson, Elvis Presley, Cleopatra, Stan Lee and many more made appearances during the fifth grade’s Boo-ography Reports. Students were tasked with choosing a dead person to research and complete a book report. They then gave a presentation on what they learned while dressed and speaking as the person they chose.

“It’s precious,” said Emmie Angel, a fifth grade teacher. “You really see some of them come out of their shell. Some of them pick people you wouldn’t imagine.” Fifth grader Diego Castellanos stood in front of the class wearing a tousled white wig and mustache, a lab coat, a tie with atoms on it and a dress shirt and pants. Clearly, Albert Einstein had entered the classroom and was ready to share his equations and theories. “I liked when I explained the theory of relativity because a lot of people don’t know the theory of relativity,” Castellanos said. “It’s simple but hard.” Fifth grader Sage Gant wore glasses, a

black dress with white polka dots with her hair pulled back into a low bun. For her report, Gant was Rosa Parks. “Rosa Parks is very important to history, and she means a lot to me because she helped [end] segregation,” Gant said. “I probably wouldn’t be here right now if it weren’t for Rosa Parks and some others.” Gant said she was surprised to learn Parks was only 42 when the civil rights activist refused to surrender her seat on a segregated bus. “They have been amazingly engaged,” teacher Karin Byrne said. “They love it. I see a lot of understanding of the book better because we did it this way.”

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Famous person: Albert Einstein Born: March 14, 1879 Died: April 18, 1955 Why Einstein? “I’m so amazed with him,” Castellanos said. “How did he figure out these [theories and formulas]?” Fun fact according to Castellanos: Einstein’s left side of the brain, which does tasks relating to logic, such as in science and mathematics, took over the right side, which is related more to creativity and the arts.

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Famous person: Abraham Lincoln Born: Feb. 12, 1809 Died: April 15, 1865 Why Lincoln? “I know he read a lot of books,” Malik said. “I’m obsessed with books. … I realized he’s just like me.” Fun fact according to Malik: Lincoln was one of four sitting presidents that were assassinated.

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Famous person: Stan Lee Born: Dec. 28, 1922 Died: Nov. 12, 2018 Why Lee? “I really like watching movies about superheroes he made like ‘[Avengers:] End Game’ and ‘Infinity War,’” Traeger said. Fun fact according to Traeger: Lee wrote, edited, published and produced more than 32,000 comics and created more than 100 characters.

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his isn’t going to be pleasant. Talking about war never should be. But as we approach Veterans Day on Nov. 11, it’s one of the times we should discuss why we want to avoid sending our citizens into harm’s way. And who better to tell the story than someone who was there? University Park’s Reinhard Edward Bauer agreed to meet me at the home of his son, Barry Bauer, at Del Webb in Lakewood Ranch. At 95, Bauer is among the dwindling number of World War II veterans who can recount personal experiences of a war that killed an estimated 70 million to 85 million people worldwide. He will be recognized at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 as the Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters unveils a veterans memorial in front of the clubhouse. Bauer was 19 years old when he was sent with his fellow U.S. Marines to the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean in 1944. He was there in the months leading up to the U.S. dropping two atomic bombs on Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945). Japan considered the Northern Mariana Islands, which was about six hours flight time from Japan, as key to defending its borders, so the fighting there was fierce.

As Bauer began to talk about his experiences, he seemed unattached, almost like he was reviewing a movie. He was sitting next to his wife of 73 years, Rose, who interjected that her husband never before had talked publicly about those days. She prodded him, “If you don’t talk about it, who will?” Eventually, that wall separating Bauer’s mind from what he had endured came down. “What I remember most was the smell of death,” Bauer said. “The flies ... the swollen bodies.” Two of the Northern Mariana islands, Tinian and Saipan, were Japanese strongholds, and the United States decided to take them over at all costs. Bauer was there. On Tinian, an 8,000-man Japanese garrison was wiped out. Four thousand Japanese civilians died, many of them by suicide. Bauer said the Japanese soldiers had told citizens not to let themselves be captured by the Americans, who would kill and torture them. The same situation existed in Saipan, where 20,000 civilians perished, including more than 1,000 who killed themselves by jumping from “Suicide Cliff” and “Banzai Cliff.” “People were jumping off those cliffs; it was a lousy thing to see,” Bauer said. “Death was all around you. You looked at those bodies, and it was like they

had doll faces. And it was amazing how fast they bloat.” More than 29,000 Japanese soldiers died on Saipan, and 3,426 Americans died there as well. The Americans took over the islands and set up bases. The B-29 bombers that carried the atomic bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki took off from Tinian. Twenty-five days after Nagasaki was bombed, Bauer arrived there with the 2nd Marine Division’s occupation force. I asked him if he was in shock at what he saw. “We were not philosophers,” he said. “We were just young guys. The city was divided by a big hill that separated the industrial half from the residential half. We dropped the bomb on the industrial half. On the residential side, most of the big buildings were knocked down. On the other side of the hill, everything was flattened.” Nagasaki was Japan’s major shipbuilding center and therefore a prime target. After an estimated 90,000 or more people died in Hiroshima, an estimated 60,000 or more people died in Nagasaki. “It was weeks later, and we would see bodies just lying around,” Bauer said. Even so, Bauer said the Japanese civilians were polite to the American solders. He said they were relieved the war was over. “They gave us no trouble at

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Herman Martinez, commander of the Del Webb Lakewood Ranch Association of Veterans and Military Supporters, said his organization will honor veteran Reinhard Edward Bauer.

all,” he said. “The treated us with respect. They realized they didn’t have a chance.” Bauer, who moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., when he was 3 years old, was born in Wolfstein Germany on Oct. 6, 1924. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines because he knew he would be sent to fight the Japanese and not the Germans. He didn’t want to be involved with the invasion of his former homeland. I prodded Bauer, who was a Marine corporal, for another story. He agreed to talk again about his time on Tinian. “I had come across this [dead] Japanese man, and his arm had been blown completely off — it was just a stump,” he said. “Next to him was a photo album. I

looked at it and I saw all the photos of his family in Tinian. I looked back at him ... He just laid there. We gave the book to [our superiors]. I don’t know what happened to it. “You know, when we arrived, we were so gung-ho. It felt like I was in a movie. But it doesn’t take long before you feel ... ‘My God! ... This is real. I could get killed here.’”

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING: THE SOLUTION Editor’s note: This is the second of two installments examining the affordable housing situations in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Last week, we examined the problem. This week: the potential solutions.

Experts say there’s no sure-fire solution for improving housing affordability, which leads officials to pursue a variety of strategies. Will this multifaceted approach produce results?

CALCULATING COSTS As officials consider strategies for offsetting building expenses to facilitate more affordable housing, developer Pat Neal offered an insight into the costs associated with constructing an 1,854-square-foot threebedroom, 2 1/2-bath home in the Silverleaf community in Parrish:

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ocal officials acknowledge government policies have failed to result in an adequate supply of affordable housing in the Sarasota-Manatee area

today. Now they say they’re determined to make up for the mistakes of the past. This year, in Manatee County, officials have discussed creating a community land trust, which could be a source of land for builders to produce affordable homes. Already, the government will will pay impact fees for affordable developments. In Sarasota County, the County Commission authorized a series of new provisions that make it easier to build smaller units, including an ordinance allowing accessory dwelling units in many single-family neighborhoods. In the city of Sarasota, officials created new affordability incentives in the Rosemary District and are drafting plans for high-density zoning categories with affordable housing requirements. In October, commissioners moved toward establishing a new affordable housing advisory board. Throughout the region, officials are taking a multifaceted approach to addressing a problem that has built up over the course of decades. They’ve heard guidance from local stakeholders and external experts who say a broad strategy for facilitating the production of more affordable housing is necessary. “The thing about affordable housing is there’s no silver bullet,” said William Russell, the president and CEO of the Sarasota Housing Authority. “It’s more of a toolbox approach, so the more policies and incentives we can

keep throwing at it, the better.” Among participants in these policy conversations, there’s a belief there’s been a tangible shift in the approach leaders are taking to the issue. For more than a year, officials have not let the issue fade from their list of priorities. Still, a question remains: Will this strategy be effective and aggressive enough to make a meaningful difference? “I think they should be pretty ambitious, just because of the need,” Russell said. “Everything I hear tells me it’s pretty acute, so I think the longer we wait, the worse it’s going to get.” MONEY TALKS

Representatives for Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity have appeared at county and city meetings this year to advocate for one policy officials haven’t aggressively advanced: setting up a recurring source of funding for affordable housing. SURE, a coalition of 19 Sarasota churches, has identified affordable housing as a priority issue for creating a more equitable community. The group is happy

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Geri Lopez, director of redevelopment and economic opportuniy for Manatee County, said the county is working to enhance existing incentives, including a community land trust, to produce affordable housing.

to see new policies advance, but it’s worried those policies will be insufficient without an infusion of cash to make it easier to produce affordable housing. The group asked Sarasota officials to invest $15 million into a housing opportunity fund, to be followed by annual payments from county and city budgets. That’s a challenge for local governments with limited untapped resources. They have already spent and earmarked some money for affordable housing: Sarasota County has allocated more than $21 million toward housing in the past five years. Manatee has budgeted $1.2 million this year and has an additional $1.5 million in reserves. The city of Sarasota allocated $500,000 toward affordable housing on city-owned properties, and the county contributed an additional $1 million. But commissioners

have not taken up SURE’s request to allocate set resources toward the issue year-in, year-out. “The thing that makes this piece kind of a third rail is that it takes revenue,” said the Rev. Wayne Farrell, of St. Boniface Episcopal Church and a member of SURE. “That’s where we’re looking for courage from our elected leaders.” Officials recognize that cost for builders is a major impediment to the construction of new affordable units (see sidebar, right). Developers, such as Pat Neal, the president and CEO of Neal Communities, also take issue with the prospect of going through public review processes that can last months with no guarantee a project will be deemed acceptable. In 2018, Sarasota County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee listed fast-tracking approvals and reducing or waiving impact fees as top recommended strategies for creating affordable housing. The county is considering steering funds from sold properties toward affordable housing projects. The city of Sarasota has created a process to waive transportation impact fees for affordable projects. Manatee County goes one step further by offering to pay up to $500,000 in impact fees for affordable projects. Although Sarasota officials say they’re limited in their ability to waive impact fees, builders say Manatee County officials have done a better job of reducing the barriers to entry for an affordable project. Even after the city agreed to waive some fees, in 2018 the late developer Harvey Vengroff abandoned plans to build about 200 workforce housing units near downtown Sarasota. Vengroff bemoaned regulations and fees in explaining his decision. Today, his son Mark Vengroff said other communities — including Man-

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atee — outpace Sarasota when facilitating affordable projects. “If I have an opportunity in Sarasota, and then I get an opportunity in Bradenton, I’m more likely to take the opportunity in Bradenton, if I had to choose, just because it’s so much easier to get things done,” Vengroff said. For projects in which 10% or more of the units are affordable, Manatee County has a “housing rapid-response team” to fasttrack developments through applicable permitting procedures. Projects featuring 25% affordable units can apply for assistance from the county’s tree-protection trust fund to meet landscaping requirements. THE RIGHT SPOTS

Sarasota-based affordable housing developer Donald Paxton has an idea on how to get more affordable housing built in the region: Don’t restrict the areas where affordable projects are viable. Paxton said officials have historically had a misguided strategy for affordable housing. They look for a place where nobody would object to the units being built, and they allow for denser construction there. Generally, that means the sites available to an affordable housing developer haven’t been the most attractive. “It’s usually in the worst part of town, no access to good jobs, no access to good schools,” Paxton said. “That’s not where good low-income housing gets built.” Paxton thinks removing restrictions to allow higher-density housing in more desirable neighborhoods would result in a better supply throughout the community. Without endorsing that exact sentiment, City of Sarasota Planning Director Steve Cover agreed a balanced distribution of housing is desirable. But the prospect of allowing higher-density construction in established neighborhoods with predominantly single-family homes can garner pushback from concerned residents (see Community Concerns, right). Even advocates for more housing, such as Sarasota City Commissioner Hagen Brody, are reticent to change neighborhoods in pursuit of more affordable housing. “The biggest thing for me is putting people at ease that I want to protect the single-family neighborhoods that we have,” Brody said. As they strategize how to induce the production of more affordable housing, officials must deal with a recently passed state law that prohibits the practice of “inclusionary zoning” — mandating affordable housing in residential projects — unless a developer is compensated for the expenses associated with the regulations. That has led to an emphasis on

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“The thing about affordable housing is there’s no silver bullet. It’s more of a toolbox approach, so the more policies and incentives we can keep throwing at it, the better.” – William Russell, president and CEO of the Sarasota Housing Authority

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✔ = adopted ✖ = rejected/not considering ? = under consideration incentives rather than mandates. In Manatee County, projects incorporating a 25% affordability ratio are eligible to request density bonuses. The same is true in the city of Sarasota’s Rosemary District, where new regulations will allow developers incorporating affordable units to build up to 100 units per acre, rather than the 40 units per acre allowed by right. Some housing advocates remain concerned officials might take too moderate an approach. Even as officials work on new policies, there’s fear the Sarasota area is missing some basic elements that would assist in the pursuit of more affordable units. Jon Thaxton, the senior vice president for community investment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, thinks affordable housing still isn’t centered enough in local policy conversations. And he worries there’s not a defined goal for officials to work toward, such as target numbers for new affordable units. “I bet that we’re still not tracking demand for workforce housing with a supply of workforce housing,” Thaxton said. “And we’re not asking that question. This is my big spiel: You can’t measure success if you don’t measure.” Manatee and Sarasota planners acknowledged that, as communities explore new affordable housing policies, it’s hard to know how effective these strategies will be. There’s hope the housing conditions in the region will improve. Whether that hope materializes into progress is uncertain. “We don’t have any specific solutions yet,” said Geri Lopez, director of redevelopment and economic opportunity for Manatee County. “We’re just, at this point, hoping with the improvements to our Land Development Code that the incentives will be able to attract some [affordable housing].”

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LOFTS ON LEMON The Sarasota Housing Authority’s latest project, approved in September, includes 76 units of affordable housing and 54 units of higher-priced workforce housing in the Rosemary District. The workforce units target individuals in professions including teaching, nursing and emergency services.

hen Sarasota leaders asked the Florida Housing Coalition for guidance on how to create more affordable housing in the area, the response came with a warning. “Neighborhood opposition … is a recurring barrier for workforce housing in the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County,” the FHC’s Blueprint for Workforce Housing states. In the city of Sarasota, residential projects seeking density increases in exchange for some affordable housing have drawn community pushback on multiple occasions. Last year, in response to opposition from the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations, the city formally abandoned the prospect of adopting proposed zoning changes in residential areas. The Arlington Park neighborhood is currently organizing opposition to a proposed 233-unit apartment complex that would include 35 attainable units. Residents are skeptical of the benefit of these projects and questioning if the amount of affordable housing is significant or if units will be reasonably priced. But they’re also concerned about the effects of building new housing in their neighborhoods. For some residents, that’s a higher priority than creating more affordable housing. “The days of affordable housing for Sarasota may be over,” said John Hanlon, an Arlington Park homeowner and landlord. “They may have to commute because the property values have gone sky-high.” Developers — as well as some planners and housing advocates — are critical of this neighborhood perspective. At a September Sarasota County Commission meeting, Jon Mast, the chairman of the county Affordable Housing

Advisory Committee and CEO of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association, suggested opponents of a proposal to allow accessory dwelling units placed anti-growth sentiment before the needs of those lacking a suitable place to live. “Those speaking against this subject are myopic and callous and would prefer to limit those in need of affordable housing to further their goal to eliminate any new building and development,” Mast said. One of those opponents was Dan Lobeck, president of the activist group Control Growth Now and an attorney who has represented multiple resident groups opposing proposed projects in their neighborhoods. Lobeck said his group supports creating more affordable housing and said developers and elected officials are responsible for the challenge the region is facing today, not neighborhoods. Lobeck said Control Growth Now is an advocate for inclusionary zoning, a policy that requires builders to include affordable housing in new projects. Lobeck rejects the theory that officials need to make it easier to build denser housing to create more affordable housing, particularly in existing neighborhoods. He thinks homeowners who raise concerns about neighborhood character have a valid point. He said there are some places where it’s appropriate to build multifamily housing, if there are requirements to also provide affordable housing. But he believes that’s generally not in residential areas outside of the urban core. “There needs to be respect for the people who are here today,” Lobeck said. “How many people living in a nice single-family neighborhood would like an apartment building to go up on their side lot line? Probably not many.”

SHA President and CEO William Russell said the project is possible because it secured a $14 million state tax credit, which developers call one of the most significant incentives for securing affordable housing. Although attention is devoted to local-level policies, Russell said state and federal contributions can be even more important. “Stuff like that is needed because developers and investors want a return on their investment,” Russell said. “Land prices and construction costs being what they are, it’s really hard for them to buy land and build the units and charge anything ‘affordable’ or ‘attainable’ and still make a profit on it.”

SOUTH VILLAGE In September, a Bradenton agency approved a proposed 200-unit affordable housing development on 14th Street West. The project, expected to be complete in about a year, will include units starting at $810 per month. Marshall Gobuty, the president of Pearl Homes, said his company is able to build these projects because it’s a priority, even if they’re not the most profitable. He’s interested in expanding his work in the region, particularly in Waterside at Lakewood Ranch.“We are going that extra step to make them better,” Gobuty said. “I’m 58, and I would like to make a difference. I am proud of what we are doing.”


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and that our project and our data could potentially be used in space,” Matin said. Braden River High School is among dozens of schools across the country testing factors that could influence plant growth, taste and nutrition for NASA and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden as part of the Growing Beyond Earth program. “It’s a great experience for the students,” said Jonathan Heavner, an agriculture and horticulture teacher at Braden River. “They get to learn real-life scientific skills. They get to ask real questions that will have an impact on what ends up going on long-term

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“I thought it was pretty cool that we’re able to work with such a big organization like NASA and that our project and our data could potentially be used in space.” — Raisa Matin, Braden River senior

space missions.” Students must explicily follow instructions NASA provided in planting romaine lettuce and three random varieties of leafy greens under an LED light to see how large and quickly they grow as well as their compactness, resilience and taste. Every day, students will measure the plants and record data that at the end of the week will be sent to NASA. The students will then receive feedback weekly from NASA scientists and plant scientists at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. If NASA finds a particular species is growing well, it will field test it at the Kennedy Space Center. If the plant is successful at the center, it’ll make its way onto the International Space Station. Senior Megan Roberts said participating in the program is going to take the students being responsible in how they care for the plants.

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“We have to really make sure we follow directions to the ‘T’ as far as how deep we plant the plants, how much water, how much fertilizer and the amount of time the plants are under light,” she said. Knowing that the research in the classroom is helping NASA makes the hard work and dedication to the project all worth it, Matin said. Heavner said Braden River’s participation in the program came out of luck; he found out about it during a visit at the botanical gardens during winter break where he met Amy Padolf, the botanic garden’s director of education. Padolf insisted Heavner apply for the program. Heavner filled out the application in July and completed online trainings and quizzes, and the school was notified of its approval in September. “I feel very blessed that we are able to do this because it’s realworld experience for the kids, and it’s going to get them excited about research and science,” Heavner said. The program provided the growth chamber, which is made as close as possible in terms of size and materials as the one on the International Space Station. Later this month, students will begin a second trial, where they get to change a variable in the testing to see how the plants react. They’ll then create a research poster to present to NASA scientists.

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Dangerous roads need attention now We enjoy reading the East County Observer every week, and I particularly like the Side of Ranch feature. I’d like to offer a few thoughts. On Lorraine Road: We use Lorraine a lot but mostly going north to get to State Road 64. We hardly ever use it coming south except on Saturday when we come home from Bayside Community Church. After reading your column in the Oct. 24 edition, I decided to come back from having a car serviced west of Interstate 75 on S.R. 64 via Lorraine Road heading south. You are spot on. I came to a stop about a mile north of the S.R. 64/Lorraine Road intersection and counted five light changes before I could get through. Of course, the intersection had lost the right turn lane due to light pole replacement, so that exacerbated everything. However, I too wonder about the wisdom of the county on holding off expanding Lorraine. It needs construction to start now to be done when the first house in those new developments (along Lorraine Road) is sold. On State Road 70: I’m wondering why the county (or state) doesn’t start work on that road now instead of waiting threeplus years. Isn’t it better to do that work now and generate inconvenience for fewer folks than the future, when there will be more folks around to suffer crawling traffic around a construction zone? Second, why doesn’t the county (or state) just do six lanes all the way to County Road 675 instead of six to Post Road and four to 675? Economics 101 says it will cost much less in

today’s dollars than it will five or six years later. Oh, and by the way, as you likely know, in the last year or so, S.R. 70 has become increasingly more congested from 675 to Lorraine Road in both directions. I have counted as many as 31 dump trucks heading east and west along that stretch as I went west from my home to town. The frequency of large semi-trucks hauling cargo in both directions has grown considerably. RICK SCHUKNECHT BRADENTON

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The world is their oyster Columbia University professor and Out-of-Door Academy students talk about red and green tide projects. LIZ RAMOS STAFF WRITER

After hearing about Out-of-Door Academy junior Reece Whatmore’s work with oysters to help clean effects of red tide, Columbia University professor Joaquim Goes invited her to work in his lab in New York next summer. Goes went to ODA on Oct. 30 to give a presentation on his work addressing green tide in the Arabian Sea by Oman. He said it is similar to red tide in the Gulf of Mexico. “It was really cool to see how similar his work was to what we’re trying to accomplish and how a problem that we see is affecting the whole world,” Whatmore said. Junior Supawadee Surattanont appreciated Goes’ presentation because “it showed us what our future could look like because their problem is a lot worse than ours right now.” After the presentation, Goes listened to Whatmore and other ODA students explain what engineering class projects — which included oysters, robotics and virtual reality — they were working on. Whatmore and Surattanont, who also was invited to work in Goes’ lab next summer, are creating oyster housing units, so the oysters can filter the water and eat red tide cells. “That’s exactly what we want to do in Oman,” Goes told Whatmore. The Oman government has asked Goes and his colleagues to find solutions to its green tide problem. He said he already was thinking of using oysters and mussels as part of the solution. “It’s really exciting to hear his

input and hopefully work with him and go to his lab,” Whatmore said. “If you told me when I started this I’d be talking to a Columbia professor who would invite me to his lab, I would be like ‘No, there’s no way.’” Goes said he was impressed with the ODA students’ projects and jealous the students are tackling real-world problems in class because he didn’t have the same opportunities when he was their age. “The school, it seems to me, builds confidence, not only among the students, but the parents feel confident that their kids

can achieve something,” he said. “If you’re a parent, this is a huge burden off your back in making kids understand when they encounter real-life problems and how to solve them because it’s being taught in school.” Both Surattanont and Whatmore were in awe of being able to share their project with a Columbia University professor and oceanographer. “I’m just a regular high school student, and here I am explaining my project to this scientist guy that’s actually interested in it,” Surattanont said.

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DISCOVERED JUST IN TIME 18000 block of 68th Avenue East, Bradenton Scheme to defraud: A man walked into the Sheriff’s Office and reported he was contacted by what he thought was the Social Security Administration, which informed him by phone that there was a warrant out for his arrest. The man was told he needed to purchase $2,400 in gift cards from a department store and to read off the card number and PIN once purchased to satisfy the fine and to avoid arrest. The man purchased the card and read off the number but realized it was a scam before providing the PIN.

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GRASS-KILLER TOLD TO CUT IT OUT 13000 Wood Duck Circle, Bradenton Information only: A man provided the Sheriff’s Office a video of his neighbor throwing liquid on several spots on his lawn. The grass in those spots has since died. The man filed a felony criminal mischief report and requested that a deputy speak with the neighbor to ask him to stop the behavior. A deputy viewed the video and then walked the yard, confirming that the dead spots in the yard coincide with the areas where the neighbor has been seen dumping a liquid. The deputy then spoke with the neighbor and advised him he had been trespassed from the yard. He said he understood. The deputy also advised the neighbor that it also included him throwing or dumping anything into the yard.

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CROOK A FURNITURE MOVER 5300 block of Creekside Trail, Sarasota Theft: The Sheriff’s Office sent a deputy after a woman called about a theft of some of her outdoor furniture that was taken from in front of her home. She also said a delivered package was missing as well. She said her Ring alarm did not go off to indicate someone had entered the area. The woman said the online store was going to replace the package.

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FRUIT LOOPS THIEF NATURALLY TOOK MILK 6200 block of State Road 64 East, Bradenton Petit theft: A Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a theft. Upon arrival, the deputy found that the subject had already fled the scene, and contact was made with a loss-prevention associate of a department store. The security employee provided

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or the first time all season, Braden River Coach Curt Bradley felt his team played Pirates football. They gave the state’s No. 21-ranked team, visiting Clearwater Academy International, all it could handle in a 30-28 loss Nov. 1. Braden River finished 4-6 for its first losing regular season since 2012. Pirates players believed their season was over. Seniors hugged and wiped tears from their faces, and coaches made sure they did not leave the field without being thanked for their dedication to the program. Then something improbable happened. The Pirates, who entered the game in the last playoff slot for their Class 6A region, made the playoffs anyway, thanks to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power index algorithm, which factors in win percentage, opponent win percentage and their opponents’ opponent win percentage. Thanks to Braden River’s tough schedule, the Pirates made the postseason. The Pirates will travel to Palmetto High at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Palmetto is ranked eighth in the state, higher than Clearwater Academy

IF YOU GO What: Braden River football (4-6) vs. Palmetto High (9-1) in a first-round playoff game When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 Where: Palmetto High, 1200 17th St. W., Palmetto Key: If the Pirates are going to win, junior QB Shawqi Itraish will need a big game.

International, and defeated the Pirates 27-3 on Sept. 27. Although the Pirates say they should be huge underdogs, they feel they have been given a second chance after their season appeared to be over. The Pirates also appear to have a much-improved defense. Against Clearwater Academy International, six times they stopped the Knights’ offense on fourth down. Bradley said he could tell every player on his team was fully engaged, and the home crowd seemed to sense it while shaking the stadium with its noise. The energy along the sideline reached a season high. “We have been learning what it takes to win,” Bradley said. “We have played a gauntlet of a schedule. Our young guys have improved week in and week out

to get to the point where they understand [what they need to do to win].” Bradley said it was the first time a lot of his players have experienced an emotional hurt after a big effort. The Pirates lost a wealth of senior talent from the 2018 roster, players who were used to battling in the final minutes of big games. Besides an improving defense, the Pirates will rely on junior quarterback Shawqi Itraish, who showed steady improvement throughout the season and finished the regular season with 2,356 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has thrown no interceptions since the Sept. 20 game at Lakewood High. He has developed a great rapport with junior wide receiver Josh Thomas, who averaged 19.5 yards per catch (703 receiving yards).  The running game is led by junior Jaheim Hodo and sophomores Jay’Den Thibodeau and Lavontae Youmans, who combined for 1,124 rushing yards. No matter what happens against Palmetto, Bradley said his seniors helped his underclassmen get through a tough season and prepare for a brighter future. “This is a class we are going to look back on and be incredibly thankful for,” Bradley said.

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New coach revives Mustang football A lthough the Lakewood Ranch High football program made huge strides under its new head coach, Rashad West, this season has ended with no postseason. A postseason berth would have been quite the story because the Mustangs haven’t reached the playoffs since 2011, and the program’s struggles have been chronicled here multiple times. What is new is the feeling of accomplishment with a winning record. Lakewood Ranch finished 6-3 after beating host Seminole High 21-13 to close out the regular season. The Mustangs had six wins for the first time since 2014. Going to the games felt different. In past years, the crowds’ chants would focus on the other team. There was not much good to say about their own team’s performance. This year, those cheers were aimed at lifting their own team up, and why not? The Mustangs had a chance to win more often than not. West said his first season exceeded his expectations. Going in, he said, he was not sure if people would care about the program, even if he turned it around. Was the Mustangs com-

munity too jaded from past failures? Would he have to earn its trust? The answer to both turned out to be no. From the first day, his ideas for the “New Ranch,” as he calls it, were embraced by players, parents and fans. “This season meant a lot to us,” West said. “This was the first step. This was a building block year. It was about setting internal expectations, and lucky for us, that led to some success. We wanted the kids to have accountability and discipline, and that goes beyond football. Show up to class on time. Go to study hall. We had weightlifting at 7 a.m. That is 30 minutes before school starts, and everyone had to be there. The kids responded and did a great job.” West said he isn’t setting numerical expectations going forward. He just wants his guys to get better. Make no mistake, they are his guys. Asked if there were any players or units he was most excited about, West said he could not pick just one or two. The whole program has potential, he said. The talent that exists needs to continue to be developed through the weight room and refining technique. The season could have been

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Lakewood Ranch wide receiver Michael Cucci hauls in a pass while surrounded by Dixie Hollins defenders.

a lot more dour without the contributions of his seniors, a fact that is not lost on West, who said he is proud of them for sticking with the sport and giving him a chance. Those seniors set the tone for the future. The underclassmen know nothing but a winning season. Fouryear seniors like wide receiver Michael Cucci and safety Dylan Bennett and transfers like running back Isaiah Harrison deserve credit for laying a foun-

dation of success. The Mustangs will return both of their quarterbacks (junior Jimmy Kelly and sophomore Cameron Madison) and 6-foot-6 defensive end Dasani Robinson, who has the type of natural athleticism that can’t be taught. The more athletes West and defensive coordinator Cody Montgomery get their hands on, the more good things will happen. If this was the first chapter, I

can’t wait for the next one. “The arrow is trending up here,” West said. “We are in a position to do positive things.”

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s potential customers passed his booth at the Market at Lakewood Ranch on Nov. 3, Dynasty Guacamole Owner Assiel Landa made his pitch. “Free samples,” Landa said as he mixed a bowl of his guacamole magic. “Greatest guacamole in the world.” When people stopped to taste it, they didn’t argue. Landa is new to the Market at Lakewood Ranch; he didn’t participate in the past two years at the Sarasota Polo Club. This year, the market will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through April in the parking lot of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “I do the downtown Sarasota market, and one of the vendors there recommended that I try Lakewood Ranch,” he said. “I like it here. I’m in all the way.” More than 60 vendors were signed up for the opening day. “I know eventually they will be successful,” Stamper Cheese Owner Richard Olson said. “I’m confident this one will grow.” Jim Cutway, the owner of Myakka’s Gold Apiary, said he loved having more than 60 vendors at the market. “More diversity brings in people,” Cutway said. “It’s an eclectic mix of people here in Lakewood Ranch.”

Copper Leaf's Lauren Carpenter pets some goats at the market. She was celebrating her 12th birthday.

Dynasty Guacamole Owner Assiel Landa mixes a batch during the Market at Lakewood Ranch.

Fred Dula, who owns Come Under The Yum Yum Tree with his family, had plenty of fresh produce for sale.

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Myakka's Gold Apiary Owner Jim Cutway gives Lakewood Ranch's Jayson Quinn a taste of his honey at the opening day of the Market at Lakewood Ranch.

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British golfer Tony Jacklin takes the inaugural shot on the Gimme course.

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egendary British golfer Tony Jacklin already believed the Concession Golf Club’s course was special, but now he says it’s “extraordinary.” On Nov. 1, he took the first shot on its new nine-hole, par-3 course, called the “Gimme.” The name distinguishes it from the club’s championship course while also acknowledging the 1969 Ryder Cup moment when the U.S. team’s Jack Nicklaus showed an ultimate act of sportsmanship by conceding a short putt to Jacklin. The gesture led to the event's first tie. Jacklin joked he wasn’t sure how good his golf game would be 50 years later at age 75. “I think this makes this facility second-to-none, certainly in this

part of the world,” he said of adding a the course and a putting course. Concession Golf Club members and officials celebrated the opening of the new course and the “Snake Acre” putting course Nov. 1 with a ribbon-cutting and a members golf tournament. The new course has signature markings on each flagstick to signify the 2-foot “gimme” distance. Concession Golf Club member Julie Lazaris said her husband, Jason, already takes their children out on the golf course and that the new shorter course will be a great amenity for families. “It’ll be a good teaching moment for the kids,” she said. Fellow member and Concession resident Julia Hendrix agreed, noting the shorter course would be good for some female golfers who might be intimidated by the longer course. Concession Golf Club Owner Bruce Cassidy said the course was part of a master plan developed about seven years ago.

The Truth about Gum Disease By: Jenifer C. Back DMD

Gum disease and treatment is one of the most common concerns I hear from new patients. The first visit goes a little like this ... Me: Hi there nice to meet you, thank you for choosing our office before we begin are there any concerns that you have? Things you liked about your previous dentist or things you did not? New patient: My last dentist told me I have to have all this deep cleaning and I knew right then that they were “upselling” me. I didn’t feel comfortable and I left. Gum disease or periodontal disease is a tough one. Firstly, 47.2% of adults over 30 have some form of periodontal disease in the United States (current statistics from the Centers for Disease Control). So it is pretty common.

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Secondly, it usually doesn’t hurt. So patients don’t know they have it unless they have blood on their toothbrush after brushing or during brushing. Thirdly, gum disease is related to HEART Disease, that’s right HEART Disease! Gum disease increases the likelihood of heart disease by approximately 20 % (Healthline). Additionally, gum disease now shows relationship to diabetes, arthritis and pre-term birth. Gum disease is bad for your teeth and bad for your health. Now the “upselling” question. If you feel uncomfortable with the diagnosis and or treatments being offered. I recommend a second opinion. Most dentists are very receptive to recommending second opinions and pleased when patients learn the most they

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can about any condition. I want to be clear if more than one dentist tells you any of the following: you have deep pockets, you have inflammation in your gums, your gums are bleeding, you have exudate (pus) around any area, you need a deep cleaning, you need laser therapy for your gums, then you are being diagnosed with gum disease/periodontal disease and these other ways of saying it

are just that Other Ways of saying you have gum disease and need treatment. I am not saying there aren’t cases where treatment maybe over prescribed, there are. But if you get a second opinion and it is any form of the same answer well then, you have gum disease. See your dentist and get it treated. Keep your teeth and your body healthy! A beautiful smile is a healthy smile and that is Beauty Observed. Jenifer C. Back DMD Sarasota Smile Design 3800 Clark Rd. 941-927-5411.

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RESIDENT ORIENTATION Begins at 4 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Residents can learn about Lakewood Ranch’s history, their community districts, local businesses and local nonprofits at the resident orientation. Information is also available on Lakewood Ranch’s more than 60 clubs, parks, trails and events. The event is open and free to all residents. For more information, go to LakewoodRanch.com.

FRIDAY, NOV. 8

‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ Runs from 7-9 p.m. at State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota’s Lakewood Ranch campus, 7131 Professional Parkway E., Sarasota. The Asolo Repertory Theatre will present a one-hour performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” It will be followed by a Q&A session. Seating is first-come, first-served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Priscilla Glanville at GlanviP@ SCF.edu or 363-7275.

TENDING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP GARDEN By Freya Robbins, CDFA™ I remember (many years ago) when I made a conscious effort to be more mindful of the people I chose to spend time with. Not all my friends had the same aspirations and motivation that I had. They were decent people, but in many ways they held me back. I had dreams of being more, accomplishing great things and many of my friends were happy with the status quo. Do you remember, when your parents would say, “You will become like the people you associate with”? Birds of a feather, flock together? If you want to be better, hang out with someone that is better than you. That’s how I learned to play racquetball; by getting beat, a lot! Setting standards and boundaries helps us maintain healthy relationships. We can get lax from time to time and it’s good to take a step back and evaluate if you’ve let your standards slip. Once you have established standards, you will only allow people in your life that help you be a better you. Your friends will hold you accountable and will challenge you in a good way. They may share your dreams, or if not, they will surely support your dreams, just like you will support their dreams. When you have chosen the right relationships, you will be able to give abundantly and freely without feeling that you will be taken advantage of or controlled. I believe this is true

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for our love relationships, our work relationships and our friendships.

ART SHOW AND SALE Runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waterlefe Golf and River Club, 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton. The 14th annual Waterlefe Artists Guild Art Show and Sale will feature more than 30 artists and will also have 41 raffle items. Coffee and pastries will be available in the morning, and wine and cheese will be available beginning at noon. The event raises money for the visual arts programs at Freedom Elementary and Haile

I know, you are going to ask me about family relationships, because we don’t get to choose our family. You are right, but we do have a choice about who in our family we spend time with and how much time we spend with them. If anyone, including family, isn’t kind, doesn’t respect you or include you and support your dreams, then what reason is there to give energy to that relationship? You can still be helpful and civil with family members that you would not have chosen as friends.

MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Begins with a 7:30 a.m. registration and an 8:30 a.m. tee-off at Legacy Golf Club, 8255 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The 16th annual Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Mark Wandall Foundation raises funds to help children and young adults in grief due to the loss of an immediate family member or guardian. The fee is $125 per golfer and can be purchased in advance at TheMarkWandallFoundation.org. Golfers will enjoy food and drink on the course and whiskey and cigars after the round. For more information, call Kristin Wolfrum at 419-303-1221.

SUNDAY, NOV, 10

MARKET AT LAKEWOOD RANCH Runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. More than 60 vendors will be at the Market at Lakewood Ranch. The market will be held each Sunday through April. Besides offering top quality produce, meat, poultry, seafood and breads, the market features cooking demonstrations, morning yoga, live music and special events. For more information, go to LakewoodRanch.com.

MONDAY, NOV. 11

CELEBRATION OF SERVICE Runs from 6-9 p.m. at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court, Lakewood Ranch. Manatee Habitat for Humanity and Our Next Mission host Celebration of Service to benefit the Manatee

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Last year right after Thanksgiving I lost my mother to cancer. She was my greatest supporter and friend. She never nosed into my business but was always there with a lending ear when I needed her, which was always. We laughed and cried together. She taught me to laugh at myself and to not take myself too seriously. I was her rock as she maneuvered through some unhealthy relationships of her own. I realize, she was my rock, too! I would choose her again as my mother. Choose your friends and yes, your family, wisely.

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HOLIDAYS ON THE GREEN Begins at 6 p.m. at The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. Santa arrives at the mall at 6 p.m. and will greet guests until 7 p.m.. A fireworks show will start at 7:15 p.m., and then Holidays on the Green, which has live music, holiday light displays, ice skating and more, opens to the public from 7:30-10 p.m. The entertainment runs through Jan. 6 (with the exception of Christmas Day).

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MINDFUL TRIATHLON Runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Shoreview of Waterside at Lakewood Ranch, 7824 Grande Shores Drive, Lakewood Ranch. The Lakewood Ranch Mindful Triathlon is a communitywide 5K experience with a unique twist focused on health and wellness. Unlike a traditional triathlon, the LWR Mindful Tri will consist of a 5K run/walk followed by yoga and meditation sessions. The triathlon will benefit the Brain Health Initiative, which launched to the public in March. For information, go to LakewoodRanch.com.

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akewood Ranch’s Michelle Cross watched as magician Mike Jones closed his eyes and shuffled her six of hearts into the deck of cards in his hands. After a few minutes of blindly revealing cards he knew weren’t right, Jones planted the six of hearts in her hand. “It’s pretty cool,” she said. “I’m always fascinated. I don’t know how they do it.” Cross and her friend Katie Williams of Parrish enjoyed the card tricks and appetizers before testing their poker skills Nov. 2 at The Lake Club Grande Clubhouse, where the Lakewood Ranch YMCA hosted its casino-nightthemed fundraiser. About 80 people enjoyed the event, which featured a silent auction, live music and plenty of casino-style games — blackjack, craps and roulette.

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Pep in every step Brothers-in-law pump spirit into Lakewood Ranch High with their antics. PAM EUBANKS SENIOR EDITOR

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rothers-in-law Tommy Cuervo and Thomas Bellantonio are often told by their wives that they’re “worse than the children.” Their antics include wearing a conjoined ugly Christmas sweater to the family’s holiday get-together. Cuervo has even hung up an entire Christmas scene on his classroom door, using Bellantonio's face edited onto various images of elves, Santa and other characters, when they both taught at Buffalo Creek Middle School. At Lakewood Ranch High School, they are now using their good-natured joking and appetite for friendly competition to bolster school spirit. Bellantonio is a dean, and Cuervo teaches digital information technology and oversees on-thejob training. For the school’s first pep rally this school year, they worked together on a routine for which Bellantonio dressed as a cowboy who reprimanded Cuervo, a pretend student, for dress code violations. The skit evolved into a dance to Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up,” with other teachers joining. During Homecoming week, Bellantonio wore his clothes backward for “Wacky Wednesday” and put a cutout of Cuervo’s face on the back of his head. Cuervo also had some T-shirts

with Bellantonio’s face made and passed them out to students. Although they take their responsibilities seriously, they say the good-natured fun helps build rapport and understanding between students and teachers. “We’re a strong academic school here,” Cuervo said. “We want to show the kids it’s OK to have fun too.” Lakewood Ranch High School senior Zack Weston said the pair have bolstered school spirit in ways not seen during his underclassmen days. “They’re already attractions at the school,” Weston said. “Everybody knows about them. They make the environment more fun. They make being at school more fun, just because of who they are. It’s not just having more people out of the games. It's really having a love for Lakewood Ranch and all our friends and family in the area.” Weston knew Cuervo and Bellantonio while a student at Buffalo Creek Middle School, where he witnessed their silly antics and camaraderie. He said his favorite prank was when Bellantonio printed out a blow-up of Cuervo’s high school yearbook picture and hung it in the cafeteria. Bellantonio said that while attending Bayshore High School as a student, he gravitated toward teachers and coaches willing to look silly in front of others. “They didn’t care,” Bellantonio

said. “They were willing to entertain. Overall, the morale ties into how the kids feel in school.” Cuervo agreed. “School doesn’t have to be boring,” Cuervo said. “We try to make a good rapport with the kids. If they enjoy you as a person, they’re probably going to enjoy your class a little more.” Cuervo is the adviser for Stampede, a school spirit club he has working to build. The goal is to bring in all students — but especially those who might not otherwise be involved in school extracurriculars — and get them excited about Lakewood Ranch High School. Bellantonio said the pair’s rivalry creates a commonality for students. Students can align with either Cuervo or Bellantonio and have fellow students with whom to relate. At pep rallies and sporting events, Cuervo and Bellantonio take turns leading chants they’ve created, some of which involve their names. “We joke with the kids it’s Cuervantonio,” Bellantonio said. Lakewood Ranch High School Athletic Director Kent Ringquist said the duo is changing dynamics at the school. “They’re giving us a new energy about school spirit,” Ringquist said. “They’ve brought a lot of enthusiasm to the student population.” Lakewood Ranch High School

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Lakewood Ranch High School Dean Thomas Bellantonio and teacher Tommy Cuervo say they enjoy getting students excited about their school.

Principal Dustin Dahlquist is on board with the pair’s charades, even though it’s the first year at Lakewood Ranch High School for them both. Dahlquist worked with both Cuervo and Bellantonio at Buffalo Creek Middle School. Although he worked with Bellantonio for only a few months before Bellantonio took another position, Dahlquist said he quickly realized the brothers-in-law had a special connection that benefited students. He was happy when he could hire them both this year and called them “the instant pot of school culture.” “They’ve come in here and made an impact,” Dahlquist said. “When they’re around, especially

together, you see a lot of laughter. You want kids to be hooked on school. The greater connection they have to the school, the greater success we believe they’ll have academically, personally, socially — all those aspects.” Cuervo and Bellantonio say the fun has just begun and that more is planned. Cuervo had been holding back out of respect for Bellantonio’s new administrative role, but after Bellantonio’s antics during Homecoming week, he said that he’s ready to step up the rivalry. At the next pep rally, they also plan to compete in an obstacle course much like that seen on the TV show “Double Dare.”

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L A K E V I E W E S TAT E S 14619 Como Circle Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4447650 $2,095,000

C O N Q U I S TA D O R B AYS I D E 4007 Bayside Drive Lynne Callahan 941-720-3278 A4437853 $1,275,000

F O U N D E R S C LU B 9260 McDaniel Lane Richard Hearn 941-313-1591 A4416171 $990,000

U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 8315 Grosvenor Court Nancy Phillips & Beth Ann Boyer 941-400-6078 A4448341 $975,000

H AW K S H A R B O R 7153 Hawks Harbor Circle Cheryl Roberts 941-266-1450 A4434661 $850,000

G U L F & B AY E S TAT E S 4355 Pompano Lane Debbie Vogler 941-705-3328 A4449037 $850,000

U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 8006 Collingwood Court Phyllis Garfinkel 941-302-6400 A4429095 $849,900

EAST BR ADENTON 3519 Lorraine Road Ryndie Brusco 941-809-6913 A4405838 $730,000

PA N T H E R R I D G E 20306 67th Avenue E Leslie Emery 941-400-9710 A4420144 $725,000

T I D E WAT E R P R E S E RV E 5024 Lake Overlook Avenue Stuart Lawrence & JJ Williams 941-894-4001 A4448090 $700,000

UNIVERSIT Y PARK COUNTRY CLUB 7342 Eaton Court Bernadette Caswell 941-320-8265 A4448940 $669,000

R O S E DA L E 10406 Eastwood Drive Sue Cosgrove-Lee & Chris Baylis 941-400-9068 A4447306 $625,000

C O U N T RY C LU B E A S T 7110 Whittlebury Trail Stuart Lawrence & Laura Lawrence 941-894-4001 A4448907 $574,390

R I V E R C LU B S O U T H 9412 Royal Calcutta Place Christopher Van Vliet & Jamie Van Vliet, PA 941-993-7087 A4448455 $549,000

E D G E WAT E R V I L L AG E 8220 Waterview Boulevard Mary Pat Pihl & Laura Navratil 941-932-3065 A4449045 $545,000

M A N AT E E R I V E R PA R K 27112 State Road 64 E Aaron Corr & Leslie Emery 941-840-2346 A4443146 $420,000

C O U N T RY C LU B V I L L AG E 7707 British Open Way Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4444889 $419,900

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home in Country Club Village topped all transactions in this week’s real estate. David and Lisa Grain sold their home at 13232 Palmers Creek Terrace to Edward Spencer, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.38 million. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, five-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 4,950 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.26 million in 2012. LAKE CLUB

Brent and Kimberly Bucks, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 16009 Clearlake Ave., to Kent and Jean Williams, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.23 million. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,053 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.25 million in 2014.

Edward and Jocelyn Beth Maya and Rose Mary Maya, of Bradenton, sold their home at 10110 Glenmore Ave., to James Dill and Josephine Dill, trustees, of Bradenton, for $343,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,971 square feet of living area. It sold for $329,900 in 2014. ROSEDALE HIGHLANDS

James and Patricia Bennett, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 4907 96th St. E., to Charles and Linda Heck, of Bradenton, for $550,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,585 square feet of living area. It sold for $530,000 in 2013. PALM AIRE AT SARASOTA

Martin and De Ann Kristo, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 5409 Country Lakes Lane to Douglas Fainelli, trustees, of Sarasota, for $510,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths, a pool and 2,601 square feet of living area. It sold for $440,000 in 2008.

Bryan and Zoi Thoms sold their home at 13519 Blythefield Terrace to Brian and Joann Moore, of Bradenton, for $1.08 million. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,852 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.35 million in 2008. Nadine Fischer, of Newtown, Pa., sold her home at 7107 Whitemarsh Circle to Alan and Risa Kaplowitz, of Princeton Junction, N.J., for $505,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,630 square feet of living area. It sold for $531,300 in 2003.

Riccardo and Maddalena Bumbaca, of Ontario, Canada, sold their Unit V-131 condominium at 7101 Fairway Bend Circle to David and Gayla Price, of Sarasota, for $280,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,756 square feet of living area. It sold for $200,000 in March.

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George and Helene Frudakis sold their home at 7935 213th St. E. to Real Estates Dealers LLC for $812,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, a pool and 6,172 square feet of living area. TIDEWATER PRESERVE

Theresa and Karl Hamilton, of Wake Forest, N.C., sold their home at 5504 Tidewater Preserve Blvd. to Christopher and Patricia LeBlanc, of Bradenton, for $685,000. Built in 2015, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths and 3,441 square feet of living area. It sold for $570,100 in 2015. WATERLEFE GOLF AND RIVER CLUB

William and Marjorie Strollo, of Sarasota, sold their home at 10904 Winding Stream Way to Michael and Susan Ferrier, of Bradenton, for $650,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,190 square feet of living area. It sold for $640,000 in 2004. RIVER CLUB SOUTH

D. David and Judy Baker, of Sarasota, sold their home at 10092 Cherry Hills Ave. Circle to Robert and Linda Van Ness, of

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Bradenton, for $565,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,284 square feet of living area.

Barbara Bain, of Sarasota, sold the home at 5410 Country Lakes Lane to James Taylor and Stacy Cannon, of Morgantown, W. Va., for $428,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,430 square feet of living area. It sold for $255,000 in 1999.

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This Lake Club home at 16009 Clearlake Avenue has four bedrooms, four baths and 4,053 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.23 million.

Bradenton, for $430,000. Built in 2016, it has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 4,392 square feet of living area. It sold for $377,600 in 2016. Cory and Melissa Boff, of Sarasota, sold their home at 331 Gris Sky Lane to Tomasz and Rachel Jaworski, of Medford, N.J., for $312,000. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,868 square feet of living area. It sold for $285,000 in 2017.

Justin and Melissa Smith, of Lumberton, Texas, sold their home at 15847 High Bell Place to Benjamin and Christine Sharpe, of Bradenton, for $300,000. Built in 2016, it has five bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,868 square feet of living area. It sold for $259,000 in 2016. BROOKSIDE ESTATES

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Douglas Fainelli, trustee, sold the home at 7123 Treymore Court to Shannon Hadley and Richard Mikolajczyk, of Sarasota, for $483,500. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,584 square feet of living area. It sold for $440,000 in 2018.

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Jessie Wondergem, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 6213 Glen Abbey Lane to Kenneth and Linda Christy, of Bradenton, for $480,000. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,741 square feet of living area. It sold for $315,000 in 2001. MILL CREEK

John and Kerri Blenker, of Bradenton, sold their home at 13418 Second Ave. NE, to Angela and Sean Lerma, of Bradenton, for $450,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,330 square feet of living area. It sold for $375,000 in 2014. DEL TIERRA

Natalie Foels, of Parrish, sold her home at 15625 Trinity Fall Way to Edwin and Brenda Tottser, of

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7031 Portmarnock Place A4418587 $3,750,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 14619 Como Circle A4447650 $2,095,000

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Kenneth and Linda Christy, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6878 Tailfeather Way to Mark and Karen Gough, of Indianapolis, for $413,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,189 square feet of living area. It sold for $413,000 in 2018.

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Scott and Kelly Taylor, of Sarasota, sold their home at 4707 Seneca Park Trail to Marie-Josee Caron, trustee, of Bradenton, for $380,000. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,553 square feet of living area. It sold for $359,300 in 2013.

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Brian and Rebecca Huff, of North Plymouth, Minn., sold their home at 5943 Sandstone Ave., to Kathryn Briggs, of Sarasota, for $351,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,852 square feet of living area. It sold for $310,000 in 2016. COUNTRY CREEK

William and Kiley Marshall, of Piketon, Ohio, sold their home at 14826 Seventh Ave. E., to Rodney and Melanie Manney, of Bradenton, for $351,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,116 square feet of living area. It sold for $280,000 in 2016. ROSEDALE

Jaynie Guillou, of Tallahassee, sold the home at 4935 88th St. E., to James and Ruth Gipe, of Louisville, Ky., for $339,000. Built in 1995, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,858 square feet of living area. It sold for $215,000 in 2013. STONEYBROOK AT HERITAGE HARBOUR

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CELEBRITY CIPHER

By Luis Campos Celebrity Cipher cryptograms are created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another.

“USG HXKUGKU EXO HZW X LZYBUBIBXM UZ RGIZFG XM GYCGW KUXUGKFXM BK UZ YZKG XM GYGIUBZM.”

– GXWY EBYKZM

“PAY’C HTMJ LN. TC’F WJDRRU TVNAWCDYC CA CWLFC UALW TVNLRFJF DF DY DWCTFC, YA VDCCJW OXDC DYUZAPU JRFJ FDUF.”

– ELPU SXTSDHA Puzzle Two Clue: M equals V

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Puzzle One Clue: S equals H

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SUDOKU

Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.

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CLASSIFIEDS

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The East County Observer reserves the right to classify and edit copy, or to reject or cancel an advertisement at any time. Corrections after first insertion only. *All ads are subject to the approval of the Publisher. *It is the responsibility of the party placing any ad for publication in The East County Observer to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town codes in first obtaining an occupational license for business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property.

Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month,15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. Call 941-955-4888 Or Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group 1970 Main St. - 3rd Floor Sarasota, Fl 34236

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

Cleaning

WIND MILL Manor Community carport sale November 9th- 8am- 2pm. 4920 wind mill manor ave. Bradenton 34203.

RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, Vacation Rentals, and Construction Cleaning. Detailed and dependable. 941-744-7983.

Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

Condos/Apts. For Rent

BEAM DECANTERS- 1978 Corvette, 1929 Ford Ambulance Stutz Bearcat Original Boxes- $50 each. 941-587-0873. CLUB CHAIRS (2): Drexel Heritage, $75 each. Call 941-351-3166.

Adult Care Services

COMMERCIAL QUALITY clear vinyl 36X48 chair mat for plush carpet. Like new. Won't curl, won't slip. $45. 941-360-6671.

JEWELRY ARMOIRE: cherry, 41”hx15”dx18”w, 8 felt lined drawers, mirror opens on top, side doors, $179. 941-758-4646.

* Hourly 24/7 Care - Affordable Rates * Licensed/ Bonded/ Insured

Puzzle Two Solution: “Don’t give up. It’s really important to trust your impulses as an artist, no matter what anybody else says.” – Judy Chicago

This week’s Sudoku answers

classifieds.yourobserver.com

Phone (941) 809-1438 HHA# 299994819

Autos Wanted

ANNUAL CREEKWOOD Community Wide Yard Sale. Five neighborhoods to participate. Saturday, November 16th, 8a.m.-1p.m., SR70 & Creekwood Blvd. Furniture, small appliances, clothing & toys.

Puzzle One Solution: “The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election.” – Earl Wilson

PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE TODAY Pools

SOFA: CREAM color with muted print, very good condition. $150. 941-755-1870.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

This week’s Celebrity Cipher answers

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience.

* Assistance with Daily Living Activities

Auto Transport

QUEEN BED set with two nightstands and chest. From Macy’s. Like new. $500. 941-388-8608.

classifieds.yourobserver.com

Painting/Wallpapering

*Caregivers/Companions * CNA’s/HHA’s

SHIP YOUR car, truck or SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Furnishings

SEARAY SPRINKLER SERVICES Repairs, Additions, Drip, Timer/Head Adjustment Call Rick Today: Office 941-518-6326 Cell 720-299-1661

Local Ads at Your Fingertips

GET RESULTS!

SOFA 82” Costal colors, vintage rottan trim, $100. 941-351-3166.

MOVING SALE: Fine furniture: Twin cherry beds, antique chest with mirror, cherry secretary, Drexel book cases, English tea table, large painted chest, 11x8 wool oriental patterned rug. 941-907-4148.

Landscaping & Lawn Service

Perfect Solutions For Seniors

SAMSUNG J7 Excellent smart phone. T-Mobile SIM. No cracks or scratches. $75. (941) 720-5655.

WE BUY cars. top $$ paid for your vehicles. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

RENTAL MANAGEMENT company taking more seasonal and annual properties. Improve your rental return. Call 941-782-1559 or visit: www.choosegulfcoast.com for a free rental appraisal

PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CAREGIVER: Errands and shopping, Companionship, transportation, doctors appts, housesitting, light meal preparation and housekeeping, assistance with daily living, etc. Call Ms. Schwabe: 941-705-7460.

FORD EDGE seat covers- tan, $150 OBO. 941-744-0404.

RALEIGH BIKE 3 speed, collectors bike. $50. 314-313-4879.

COMPUTER/MAC, SMARTPHONE, Tablet repairs, setups, technology consultations, virus removal. Specializing Seniors/Beginners. On/Off Site. Peg 941-735-3362.

Personal Services

DINETTE SET- Table and 4 new chairs, $200. 484-995-8822.

PIONEER 60 inch plasma TV. Works perfectly, $50. Lakewood Ranch. 941-799-9406.

Property Management

Computer Services

General Merchandise FOOD TRAILER- Priced to sell- 46 ft, Includes everything in it. Clean. 941-742-0403.

PALM AIRE CONDO: 2BR/2BA, furnished, great views, pool, upgraded, utilities included. Available November or December. $1300/mo. 941-351-1741.

MOVING? BOXES- Large: $1. Medium: $2 for a dollar, paper and bubble wrap available. 941-355-7578.

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This week’s Crossword answers

Cleaning BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./Ins. 941-400-3342. BEST VALUE POOL SERVICE IN LAKEWOOD RANCH GUARANTEED! Personal service, only a few slots open. CALL NOW: 941-705-0400.

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Pressure Cleaning RESIDENTAL COMMERCIAL Power washing and windows, roof cleaning and paver sealing. 941-565-3931.

2019

CLOCK REPAIR

DOORS

Christo’s Clock Repair

DON’T let your PATIO DOORS be a DRAG or your WINDOWS be a PANE!!

Serving Bradenton/Sarasota areas Over 30 years experience

“IF IT DOESN’T TIC, TOC TO ME.”

“Specializing in 6” Seamless Gutters”

(941) 752-4741

Owner / Operator Insured

Horologist

Free tes a stim

941.650.9790 YoderAluminum.com

All Makes & Models House Calls by apt.

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Call us today! 941.628.8579 320003

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• Window Repairs • Sliding Glass Door Repairs • Sliding Glass Door Deadbolts

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319492

ALUMINUM

LV9459

SERVICE DIRECTORY

CARPET CLEANING David Raines

GET YOUR NAME

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OUT THERE!

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SERVICE DIRECTORY DOORS

LEGAL SERVICES

ROOFING

Sliding Glass Door Repair

DIVORCE * WILLS EVICTIONS

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“We Come To You”

941 - 748 - 7400

1-Signature Divorce • Missing Spouse Divorce

MOVERS

DRYER VENT CLEANING SPECIALISTS Are You Having Dryer Difficulties?

David McCarthy Moving

• Dryer hot but clothes still wet after (1) drying cycle? • Dryer gets hot to the touch or doesn’t heat up at all?

941-705-5468

Commercial

320004

KITCHEN/BATH REMODELING

INCLUDES 2 MOEN STAINLESS STEEL ANTI SLIP CONCEALED SCREW GRAB BARS (16” & 24”)

320005

dmccarthymoving@gmail.com

• • • •

Local And Long Distance Movers Residential Moves Commercial Moves Pack, Crate & Wrap

www.davidmccarthymoving.com

941-626-3194

Licensed & Insured CCC - 058059 CBC - 1253936

CALL BEFORE YOU FALL

320479

941.966.0333

UNIQUE PAINTING & PRESSURE WASHING SERVICES

LIFETIME GUARANTEE

Complete Interior & Exterior Painting

Licensed • Bonded • Insured

FREE ESTIMATES - Call Joel, Owner 30 Years Exp. Cell 619-405-7650 Home/Office 941-758-4840

THE GRAB BAR GUY

Doors and more!

DEAD ON Manufacture and workmanship Warranties

TARGET

Country Canine Makeovers Dog grooMing Located off of SR 70 E. 1 mile North on Verna Bethany Rd. 7804 Barr Road Myakka City, FL 34251

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• Groups/Families a specialty... worry free!

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319027

KITCHEN/BATH REMODELING

(941) 345-5264

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954-1878

www.showerandbathsarasota.com

specialty screens / screw replacement / paint

PET SERVICES

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Free Estimates • Sarasota Resident Since 1974

941-345-5264

Homes - Driveways - Sidewalks - Tile & Shingle Roofs - Pool Cages & Decks

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THIS SPACE COULD BE

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WINDOWS

SAFE ROOF CLEANING

Res./Com. ndow & Pressure Clea Lic./Ins. et Wi nin s n wn as Sunrise Win g Su erly kno d Form Serving Longboat Key Since 2005 ows

UP TO

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PER MONTH* 166554

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120

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INCLUDING SCREENS, TRACKS, MIRRORS & FANS

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Florida Seller of Travel #ST36142

POWER WASHING

SPECIAL $500 senior citizen discount.

www.sunsetwindowcleaningsrq.com

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320476

941-739-5102

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LV10365

Pressure Cleaning & Soft Washing Residential and Commercial

SMALL ENGINE REPAIRS

• WARNING: booking direct can be costly in many ways!

Since 1998

BIODEGRADABLE PRODUCTS

SALES & REPAIRS - MOWERS, GENERATORS, TRIMMERS, PRESSURE WASHERS, CHAIN SAWS, BLOWERS, ENGINES

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$

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GRAB BARS

Building & Roofing Contractor

320007

Residential

Kenneth Fuhlman Inc.

...will move anything from a couch to a household

Take a simple test to see if your vent is clogged. Unhook your dryer vent & compare drying time.

www.bissonroofing.com

LV10366

www.amerovent.net

Financing Available • RC0067420 • Lic. & Ins.

Owner Supervises Every Job

Since 1992

HOME SERVICES

AMEROVENT

320008

1.888.847.1997

321181

319996

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