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Health Matters FEBRUARY 2018

Observer Lakewood Ranch’s weekly newspaper since 1998

YOU. YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Back to basics EXERCISE Get fit outside the gym. PAGE 2

FOOD Prepping goes a long way. PAGE 4 SLEEP Go screen-free for better rest. PAGE 6

BETTER LIVING

It’s possible to go without medication.

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PICTURE OF HEALTH

Attitude is everything going forward.

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CALENDAR

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Lakewood Ranch Medical Center expands Hospital begins $28.5 million plan to redesign mostly existing space. PAGE 4A

YOUR TOWN

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Rock salt solid Fourth-grader Madison Barnett (above) gazed up at her Gilbert W. McNeal Science Fair project Feb. 8 and smiled. She conducted her experiment on which salt melts ice the quickest. She found her hypothesis was incorrect, and that rock salt melts ice faster than table salt. Barnett won the physical science category and will be moving to the Manatee County STEM competition March 4 at Manatee High School.

Mote Marine hopes private and public sources rally to finance a $130 million aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park. PAGE 3A Image courtesy of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

At night, marine animal images will be “swimming” around the outside walls of Mote Marine’s new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park.

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A laughing matter University Park resident Michael Sisti (above) works as a marketing and business consultant, but now he spends much of his time writing for fun. An author since 2010,in January he released his fifth book “Mosquitos, Snowbirds & Other Florida Pests,” through publisher OH! Orsini House. “My philosophy is if you have difficult stuff, you need to have fun with it,” he said.

SWEETHEART OF A DEAL Myakka City teen earns crown of Manatee Cattlemen Sweetheart. PAGE 8A Jay Heater

Casey Wingate will take the reins as Manatee Cattlemen Sweetheart at the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, Feb. 17.

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Nathan Benderson Park is planned to be the site of a $130 million Mote Marine aquarium.

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ublic officials in Manatee and Sarasota counties agree the impact of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s planned $130 million aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park would be undeniably positive in terms of regional economic and educational value. How to pay for it, however, is less certain. Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac said she attended a presentation at Mote before the announcement came Feb. 8 at Nathan Benderson Park. “Everyone is excited,” Benac said. “But, obviously, we have rules.” Mote President and CEO Michael Crosby outlined a financial plan for its four-story aquarium that listed philanthropy, corporate sponsorships and public support as three tiers for funding. Under public support, it listed the state, Sarasota and Manatee counties and Sarasota County and Manatee County schools. Although Benac attended a private presentation, she said Mote officials have not made “a specific ask” in terms of support from Manatee County. She emphasized Manatee County would not dedicate any tax money toward the project, with the one exception being, perhaps, funds generated from tourist taxes. “We will have to talk,” Benac said. “This will be a huge draw for our region. It’s going to bring people here not just during season.” Diana Greene, superintendent of the School District of Manatee County, said she has not had discussions with Mote officials about any financial support. “I do hope we can create an educational partnership with them,” she said. “And we hope to be at the table with the Sarasota County School District when they talk about how we can collaborate.” Greene is excited about the educational opportunities the new aquarium will bring, and the fact Crosby said schools can attend for free. “We will have world-class

researchers to work with the teachers,” Crosby said. “Every child can have a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experience. We will leave no child behind.” When news of the aquarium broke Feb. 8, concerns surfaced about increased traffic around the Mall at University Town Center area due to an additional 700,000 visitors a year. “There are extra roads planned for Sarasota that would alleviate the traffic concerns, like the I-75 flyover,” said Vanessa Baugh, a Manatee County commissioner who is chairwoman of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. “Yes, we do need to make modifications, but the (diverging diamond interchange) will help tremendously. Sarasota will need to look at it, and we all need to up our game.” Crosby admitted many details need to be worked out. “There will be a formal, public process,” he said. “We want the community to be very involved in the process.” The first part of the process will involve leasing 5 to 7 acres of county land within Nathan Benderson Park. Sarasota County Commissioner Mike Moran said he needs to represent the public’s best interests throughout the process, but he noted he is confident the project will move forward. “I am going to do anything I can to keep this facility from leaving our county,” he said. The aquarium will increase visitors to Nathan Benderson Park. Stephen Rodriguez, the president of Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, which was created to manage the park, said it will be a positive impact. “The volume of visitors coming to enjoy the aquarium will be amazing, and that will present us with tremendous opportunities,” he said. “We will complement each other. This is a brand new announcement, so there will be more meetings to come. We haven’t explored the economics yet. This is a partner we never thought we would have.” Randy Benderson, CEO and director of Benderson Development Co., and leader of the

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Above: Construction of the new aquarium won’t affect events planned on the main lake at Benderson Park. Left: All schools in the region will be able to plan trips to the aquarium for free admission.

Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation, said he is thrilled by Mote’s decision. “We’ve always been hopeful big things would happen (at Nathan Benderson Park),” he said. “What we love best is that all these schools and the students will be able to attend at no charge. That is amazing.” Benderson said it was “very possible” the addition of a world-class aquarium could build momentum for other Nathan Benderson Park projects, such as the planned boathouse and events center. “The vision keeps growing,” he said. “There will be more (at Nathan Benderson Park) that we are envisioning.” An immediate impact of the aquarium will be on the local construction industry. Crosby said the primary builder might not be local because the work will be specialized. “Only a handful of compa-

nies in North America will have the expertise to do this, build a three-story, 750,000-gallon aquarium,” Crosby said. “But the overwhelming majority of construction will go to local companies. For 63 years we have been committed to this region. We’re home-grown and proven.” Mote searched for a site for its aquarium because its site at City Island in Sarasota was too small and also not accessible. “The result is that it is just far superior to any other site,” Crosby said. “The infrastructure is pretty much in place, and if it isn’t in place, it’s already planned. All of those things were looked at. It is a nexus location for the region.”

WHAT IS MOTE’S PLAN? The organization plans to move its aquarium to a fourstory building on a five-acre site within Nathan Benderson Park near University Town Center in Sarasota County. Called the Mote Science Education Aquarium, the facility would be more than twice the size of Mote’s existing aquarium space. WHAT’S THE TIME FRAME? N Plans call for groundbreaking in 2019 with the opening foreseen in 2021. HOW MUCH AND HOW WILL IT BE FUNDED? Mote is beginning a $130 million fundraising campaign, called Oceans for All, to fund the $100 million construction cost and $20 million to $30 million in pre-construction expenses. Mote plans to raise money from philanthropic sources, public entities and corporate partnerships. WHAT VISITATION IS EXPECTED? 700,000 projected visitors in the opening year IS THIS OFFICIALLY APPROVED YET? No. Although Mote plans to build the aquarium on county-owned land, the organization has not obtained an agreement with the county to proceed with the project. Mote has had preliminary conversations with county officials and will now make a formal request for a lease agreement. County staff declined to comment on the steps necessary for Mote to obtain a lease. Mote will go through a formal process with county staff, commissioners and the community to ensure they are all supportive of the proposed location. WHAT ABOUT THE CITY ISLAND FACILITY? Mote plans to expand its research operations at its City Island location, and the aquarium there will remain open until the ribbon is cut opening the new facility.


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n announcing his hospital’s $28.5 million expansion on Feb. 13, Andy Guz emphasized the community part of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “Without the success of the community around us, we probably wouldn’t be doing this,” said Guz, who took over as the hospital’s chief executive officer in November 2016. In January, Lakewood Ranch was recognized as the third bestselling, master-planned community in the country by both RCLCO and John Burns Real Estate Consulting, two independent real estate consulting firms. Lakewood Ranch had 1,206 new home sales in 2017 and now has more than 30,000 residents. “We are very much like Lakewood Ranch, which is growing at a rapid pace,” Guz said. “Our biggest challenge is how we can accommodate that growth.” Lisa Kirkland, director of marketing for the hospital, said it now has more than 450 physicians on staff. Guz said the number of allied health care professionals increases to more than 550 when including staff such as advanced

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nurse practitioners and physician assistants. He said the 120-bed hospital typically adds new physicians every month. With that increase in physicians and patients came the need for operating room space. In evaluating the 180,000-square-foot hospital, Guz and his staff decided an extensive remodeling could make better use of the existing space. After receiving the building permits Feb. 9, work began to reconfigure between 40% to 50% of the existing space on the first floor into a new plan that would offer an additional 20,000 square feet of usable space. Guz said 90% of the expansion will be completed within the existing building with the other 10% involving walls that will be extended slightly. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center sits on 30 acres. “Since we opened in 2004, this will be our largest expansion project,” Guz said. “There is a need for this in our community.” Besides new operating room space, along with pre- and postoperation room areas, Guz said one of the keys to the expansion is adding a second heart catheterization lab that allows doctors to work with patients experiencing

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“We are very much like Lakewood Ranch, which is growing at a rapid pace. Our biggest challenge is how we can accommodate that growth.” — Andy Guz

active heart attacks with procedures to remove a clot or open a blood vessel. Another highlight will be expanding its Breast Health Center to handle a second 3-D mammography machine and increased patient volume. New areas for additional specialized imaging equipment, such as a new MRI machine and

CT scan, are being added to the hospital’s Radiology department and will be more convenient for patients, whether they come from outside the hospital or have been admitted. He stressed that people in the community might not understand the magnitude of the redesign since much of it is happening within. The look from the outside

of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center won’t be all that different. “This is not rip it down and tear it up,” he said. The result, he said, is that “we are accommodating demand, adding capacity for future growth.” A 10,000-square-foot area on the first floor that has been undeveloped since its opening in 2004 is now being built to accommodate administration offices that will be transferred from existing usable space to clear room for expansion of other services, such as operating room space. It all means the hospital will be able to serve more patients. The additional operating rooms

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will mean the hospital can serve up to another 10 patients per day per operating room. Guz said that is a rough estimate, but when multiplied by two new operating rooms and 365 days a year, the impact is obvious. The expansion will help draw new doctors, who Guz said will be pleased since more operating rooms means more opportunity to accommodate scheduling. “When I look at our growth year by year, and month by month, we saw more patients in January than ever before, and that will be true each month. Our peak time has increased (in number of patients) and our valleys are chasing that at a higher rate.” He said he feels the hospital has established a solid reputation in Lakewood Ranch. “People like to feel our culture of personal connection and quality care here,” he said. “We are not producing widgets.” During the construction period, Guz said the hospital, which is owned by Universal Health Services, will have limited disruption. “We are not going to be able to stop what we are doing,” he said. The construction cost was privately funded. Guz said eventually the plan could be to build a multistory “patient room tower” off the side of the hospital, using an area that currently is green lawn space.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAKEWOOD RANCH MEDICAL CENTER’S EXPANSION n Cost is $28.5 million n Will redesign 40,000

square feet within the 180,000-square-foot hospital that will enable an additional 20,000 square feet of usable space n Largest expansion project for the hospital since its opening in September 2004 n Will add two operating rooms and shell space for two more n Will add an expanded surgical waiting area n Will add expanded preoperative space n Will add post-surgical space n Will add an additional heart catheterization lab n Will add new MRI and CT scans in the imaging and radiology area n The hospital’s Breast Health Center will expand to handle a second 3-D mammography machine and increased patient volume. n New LED lighting, emergency power systems n Work began Feb. 9. n Completion expected late 2018

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CRASH DATA

Number of crashes by year at GreyHawk Boulevard and State Road 64 2014 — 6 2015 — 5 2016 — 8 2017 — 13 2018 — 3 (year to date) — This includes only angle and sideimpact crashes. FDOT does not record rear-end crashes. Figures provided by FDOT.

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Residents of GreyHawk Landing and nearby communities worry about safety at the intersection of GreyHawk Boulevard and State Road 64.

GreyHawk-S.R. 64 intersection crashes continue to climb FDOT seeks interim solution to improve safety at GreyHawk Landings’s entrance.

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When Lindsay Rushmore headed down GreyHawk Boulevard to work Jan. 7, she intended to take a detour by turning east on State Road 64 and then taking Lorraine Road south to her destination — Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The GreyHawk Landing resident had received an alert there was a 25-minute delay on Lake-

wood Ranch Boulevard because of a crash. However, sitting at the intersection of GreyHawk Boulevard and S.R. 64, she felt it would be unsafe to make a left turn due to the heavy traffic in the intersection. She changed her mind about a detour, turned right on S.R. 64 and instead sat in the heavy traffic on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. “There’s no safe way to leave GreyHawk and head east,” Rush-

more said of the left turn across S.R. 64. The intersection of GreyHawk Boulevard-Pope Road and S.R. 64 doesn’t have a traffic signal. The traffic conflicts have resulted in three crashes in January, compared with eight in all of 2016 and 13 in 2017. Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Zach Burch said FDOT is working to find a temporary solution to make the intersection safer. “Our staff is considering a number of solutions for interim improvements,” Burch said. “We know there appears to be an issue there. We want to do something sooner than later. We are trying to figure out what is the most appropriate solution at that intersection.” Long term, FDOT plans to construct a roundabout there, but the project is not funded until 2024. Roundabouts at Rye and Lorraine roads farther east are scheduled in the coming years, with the one at Rye Road funded in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Temporary signals will be installed at those intersections this year with

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Casey Wingate will be crowned Manatee Cattlemen Sweetheart at the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, Feb. 17.

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t wasn’t their favorite horse or a prized bull that drew the admiration of a couple of old ranchers at the Big Red Cattle Co. in Myakka City. This day was all about 18-yearold Casey Wingate, who was wearing a crown and a leather sash that read, “Manatee Cattlemen Sweetheart.” Wingate, whose parents, Gene and Tamara, own Wingate Creek Farms in Myakka City, is about to embark on a busy year of representing the Manatee Cattlemen’s Association and the beef industry. What makes Wingate perfect for the job? “She was county born, bred and raised,” said Myakka City’s Richard Kersey, 77, a lifetime director of the Cattlemen’s Association. “Born and bred,” echoed Myakka City’s Cully Rowell, 76, director of the Cattlemen’s Association. “It’s her background. She’s always been an ag girl.” On Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, Wingate will be officially crowned the Manatee Sweetheart at the 10th annual Manatee Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Rodeo. The event begins at noon. “Growing up, I always wanted to be a Sweetheart,” Wingate said. “They were my role models. I wanted to be someone other people would look up to.” One of her role models was Kelly Davis Strausbaugh, who was the Manatee Sweetheart in 2010. Davis Strausbaugh explained a Sweetheart has to be able to talk about cattle industry and its environmental impact. Wingate has to talk about how animals are treated on Manatee ranches and about the safety involved in beef production. She

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has to be able to address animal rights activists and talk about nutrition. “We make sure we are transparent,” she said of the Manatee Cattlemen’s Association. A lifetime on a ranch gives Wingate, who now is an agricultural studies student at Warner University in Lake Wales after being home-schooled, confidence she can handle the task. “I was a Cloverbud when I was 6,” Wingate said of participating in 4-H. “I’m not much of a city person. Lots of people and noise, that’s not for me.” She loved waking up on the ranch, although she admits “the mornings are a little rough.” Over the years, she had success showing cattle, swine and rabbits. Eventually, she would like to be a county 4-H Extension agent. She loves working with budding ranchers. “I see little girls walking steers and crying,” she said of the competitions and the eventual auction that follows. “I feel for them. I am an emotional person.” Kersey and Rowell said they hope Wingate continues to make them proud right here in Manatee County. Her older sister, 23-yearold Courtney Wingate, moved to Texas. She also has a younger brother, Clay, who loves the ranch lifestyle as well. “I plan on staying in Florida,” Wingate said.

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Casey Wingate had role models like former Sweetheart Kelly Davis Strausbaugh.

For now, though, Wingate is a bit nervous heading into the Ranch Rodeo. “Most of my friends are excited for me,” she said. “The others are asking me, ‘Are you going in front of 600 people to talk?” Judging by the attendance last year, it will be more like 1,000 people. “The rodeo is one of our big fundraisers,” Davis Strausbaugh said. “It helps us to keep the association thriving. And this year we hope to have 15 teams (made up of four cowboys and one cowgirl). This is a quality event.” It’s an event that could help Wingate in the future. “(Being the Sweetheart) is going to improve my quick-thinking skills,” she said. “It will help me learn to network.” In June, Wingate will compete for the title of State Sweetheart for the beef industry. “(The Manatee Cattlemen’s Association) has had five state Sweethearts, and they all are from Myakka City,” Rowell said. “Our girls are raised on a horse.”

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ome Longboat Key and Sarasota residents obviously feel they are getting a little of that fine sand kicked right into their eyeballs. For golly sakes, how could two major players pack up and head toward the McMurdo Station in Antarctica? Oh sorry, make that the East County area. The Players Centre for Performing Arts was first to jump in May 2016. It announced its intention to build a $30 million theater complex at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. Then, last week, came the Mote Marine announcement. Well, Mote didn’t exactly pack up and leave because it will remain a presence on City Island. It’s just when people head for Sarasota and think about Mote, they will be referring to the $130 million Taj Mahal of an aquarium that will take up residence at Nathan Benderson Park. Now we all know that the new Mote aquarium is going to list its Nathan Benderson Park address as Sarasota, but it sits in the eastern part of the county while those pristine beaches are a good 30 minutes away. I’m kind of new here, but it’s easy to find those who would like anything associated with our East County, or the Lakewood

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East County may land an attraction in the planned Mote Marine aquarium.

Ranch area, to be confined to the kids’ table when it comes to tourism. Businesses, not so much. You could look up and down the I-75 corridor as it passes Lakewood Ranch and businesses on the west side of the highway refer

to themselves as the Lakewood Ranch branch, such as the Lakewood Ranch Goodwill. Officially, they aren’t in Lakewood Ranch, either. Consider, for instance, poster Michael Silvestri added this gem to our Observer Facebook page

after Mote announced its new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park. “The Mote Marina is moving from a beautiful bayfront location on City Island to a retention pond out by I-75. That doesn’t sound like a very good plan.” If you live in Lakewood Ranch, you’ve heard that one before. Poster Kristin Heintz added this one: “Disappointing. So many businesses and organizations think the end of the rainbow is at the corner of 75 and University. Sorry for the thousands of visitors to the islands that will miss out on this one of a kind research facility and aquarium.” Excuse me, Kristin, but you don’t need to miss out on anything if you are visiting. There is no need to reserve a hotel for the night in order to drive to East County if you are staying at the beach areas. Believe it or not, I go to the beach areas once or twice a week, and it’s a 30-minute drive from Lakewood Ranch. These new cars really handle it well. That is, however, the root of the problem. I do believe we have this mental block that the west sides of the two counties — Manatee and Sarasota — are separated from the east sides. Moves such as those by The

Players and Mote Marine are forcing us all to take another look. Heather Kasten, the executive director of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, said Mote Marine’s announcement is more evidence the eastern parts of Manatee and Sarasota counties are becoming major players. “It continues to expand what this area has to offer,” she said. “And it’s not just defined by developers’ boundaries. “The main thing is being so connected to I-75. It is a reach (that organizations such as Mote) have not seen before.” Of course, we could go by another commenter about Mote Marine’s new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park, Daria GA. “Why?? Horrible location, already overcrowded and nowhere near the water.” My response post? “So sad at my retention pond.”

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Michelle Bianchi, managing director of The Players Centre for Performing Arts, was thrilled the 2018 Smitten Gala was sold out weeks in advance. But when she arrived Feb. 10 at Lakewood Ranch Country Club for the event, she was even more impressed. “We were not only sold out, but there were six people waiting at the door,” she said. Bianchi managed to make room for the overflow crowd, and the country club squeezed an extra table into the room. Looking around at the dining room packed with 210 people, Bianchi couldn’t stop smiling. And it wasn’t because The Players was going to make a financial windfall from its first such event since it was announced it was building a $30 million theater complex in Waterside at Lakewood Ranch. “This is more about letting people know we’re here,” she said. The Concession’s Lou Marinaccio, who has been at the forefront of The Players’ effort to

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SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKES ITS CASE School Superintendent Diana Greene talks to the public about the need for a 1-mill increase in property taxes. AMELIA HANKS

BY THE NUMBERS TEACHERS Manatee County average salary: $45,800 Pinellas County average salary: $47,800 Sarasota County average salary: $54,500

COMMUNITY REPORTER

PRINCIPALS Manatee County average salary: $83,200 Pinellas County average salary: $102,600 Sarasota County average salary: $103,900

1-mill hike in property taxes that would primarily raise the salary of teachers and administrators. It also would allow the school district to expand the school day by 30 minutes. The 1-mill hike referendum would cost an owner of a $225,000 home an additional $18.75 a month in property taxes if approved. The special election will be March 20. Superintendent Diana Greene said her district had 300 vacancies for teachers and administrators when schools opened for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Braden River Elementary School third-grade teacher Kristen Collins assists student Trayon Goff, 8, with sounding out prefixes.

Greene said Sarasota County schools are actively wooing top teachers away from Manatee County schools. “They (Sarasota schools) look for anything positive in the paper about (Manatee teachers), and they go after them and try to recruit them,” Greene said. The superintendent said the district had been concentrating on getting the half-cent sales tax extended last fall, but that tax goes to improve facilities, not boost teacher and administrator salaries. “I’ve been the superintendent for three years,” she said. “I believe in not only this commu-

nity, but this school district, even without this referendum. However, we’re never going to get there if we keep taking steps backwards.” The district informed those who attended the meeting that polling shows county residents are split 50-50 on whether to approve the new tax. “We have to put it out there and let the community make that decision,” Greene said.

“I believe in not only this community, but this school district, even without this referendum. However, we’re never going to get there if we keep taking steps backwards.” — Diana Greene, superintendent

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It’s time for Manatee taxpayers to just say no to the big spenders on our school board. The recently passed half-cent sales tax increase was a huge tax hike. Now, barely three months later, the school system bosses want to pick our pockets once again. They’re even spending an additional $250,000 for a special vote just to make their budgeting process more convenient. No, a new tax increase now is totally outrageous. If teacher salaries need to be raised, they should go back to the voters to loosen the restrictions on using the sales tax proceeds. Let them sharpen their budgeting and prioritize available funds between teacher salaries and infrastructure. Perhaps they can find a way to postpone some of the new facilities so the teachers can earn a little more. Vote no on March 20. ROGER BONK LAKEWOOD RANCH

Manatee schools should follow Sarasota’s lead In illustrating money spent per student on your East County front page (Feb. 1) and the charts following, you should have included the system’s state rankings to help determine what we are getting for our money. This is important as Sarasota County has its own funding referendum in March. Sarasota’s district has consistently ranked in the top 10 among state test scores, and includes the state’s No. 1 school, Pine View. It has earned an “A” rating with the state since 2004, the year ratings began. It is a major consideration for new families moving into the area. In comparison, Manatee is ranked 45th, and Pinellas is ranked 32nd. Although money spent per student is only one factor in many, clearly Sarasota County is doing something right. Let’s not mess with success.

vide needed documentation but the purchase price was determined without any appraisal to support its appropriateness. 4. The $3 million price tag is almost $100,000 per “undeveloped lot.” These lots have no utilities, infrastructure, grading or detention provided yet they are being priced as if they are pad ready lots. 5. The $3 million price tag is double what the developer paid for the property and although costs may have been expended on designs, no improvements have been made to the property. 6. Pro-tax residents suggested development of the 31 lots would create flooding, when in fact this development would have to fully comply with the county storm water ordinance. 7. Expanding the MSTU (Munic-

ipal Service Taxing Unit) to include River Club properties and carefully drawing the lines defining the MSTU district was a method Braden River and the county utilized to spread the costs over a large enough group of residents to reduce the cost per resident to a more acceptable amount. It effectively shifted the majority of the cost burden to the more expensive homes in River Club even though River Club will not experience much, if any, negative impact from the development. 8. The MSTU set up the criteria that required 50% plus one to approve the taxing district (needed 720 votes). They explicitly informed everyone that a “no response” was equal to a no vote, so many people who were against the new tax chose to vote

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“no” by simply not responding. Once the county and pro-tax contingent failed to get the required number of “yes” votes, they now want to suggest that a nonresponse is not equivalent to a “no” vote, but is now a separate category, something less than a no vote. I respect the county requested the opinions of the area residents who would be impacted by the additional taxes, but why take the time to establish the rules and take the vote if the intent of the county is to overrule the result? I, for one, will be voting against any of the commissioners who choose to vote contrary to the result expressed by the residents.

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Local students unleash brain power SCF Brain Bowl team heads to National Academic Quiz Tournament, which it won in 2015. AMELIA HANKS COMMUNITY REPORTER

Lacey Anderson listened to the question being read by her coach, Bill Culver. As the question progressed, her hand inched closer to the buzzer near her left hand. The final clue was “A ruler of Egypt.” Buzz. Anderson knew the answer. “Cleopatra,” she said with a satisfied smile. Anderson is a 2014 Lakewood Ranch High School graduate who now attends the State College of Florida, where she is a member of its Brain Bowl team. That, in itself, is an honor since the State College of Florida won a National Academic Quiz Tournament community college championship in 2015. “I joined Brain Bowl because it makes me feel good to know things, and to prove to other people that I do, in fact, know things,” Anderson said. “It’s really fun to me.” Brain Bowl is similar to “Jeopardy!,” where the team members have to hit a buzzer to answer a question. Categories vary from memes on the internet to the more typical geography, math and science questions. After a team member answers a question correctly, the entire team can wrack up more points with tossup questions.

Ariel Rodriguez, a 2016 graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School, and David Espinal, a 2015 graduate of Braden River High School, are also team members. Austin Goode of Texas is the fourth member. Rodriguez and Espinal both participated in Quiz Bowl — the high school version of the Brain Bowl — in high school. Espinal was only on the Quiz Bowl for a week, and thought trivia wasn’t really for him. “I went to a tournament (in high school) and I did horrible,” he said. It was a different story when he enrolled in college. He was recruited by a professor and finally agreed to try out for the Quiz Bowl team. “I was really good at it,” he said. “I guess they were impressed, because no one who goes to practice on the first try gets questions.” Espinal said the difference for him was that his teammates were willing to work hard to perform well. “It was definitely the people,” Espinal said of the reason he has enjoyed Brain Bowl. “(His teammates) gave me essential tips and tools on how to excel.” The team practices every Tuesday and Wednesday. The practice is informal, and every member of the team — the number of team

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Heritage Harbour’s Dee Lovell was at a Super Bowl party Jan. 4 when she heard a Costco Wholesale store was coming to the northwest corner of Grand Harbour Parkway and State Road N 64, just west of her community’s entrance. After coming home at halftime, Lovell searched the internet and found Port Harbour Parkway, a main road through Heritage Harbour, was listed as a “future location” on the retailer’s website. The next day it was gone. “We’d like to know what’s going to happen, how things are going to be reconfigured,” Dee Lovell said. A Costco spokesman said it is company policy not to comment on future Costco Wholesale stores until it is ready to share details of a new location. Manatee County planning officials said they have not received any updated plans for the roughly 100-acre site that runs between Interstate 75 and Grand Harbour Parkway. Residents, however, are confident change is on the way. Bulldozers have begun clearing the property.

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vard and Heritage Green Way, the three main roads into Heritage Harbour from State Road 64, although the developer-controlled Heritage Harbour Master Association is supposed to fund the maintenance of them. The east-west Port Harbour Parkway has been turned over to Manatee County, and there are plans to widen it in the future. Modifications to CDD-owned roads would require the board’s approval. However, if the developer uses existing access points on Port Harbour Parkway, no approvals from the CDD would be required. Lovell and her husband, Larry Lovell, aren’t opposed to a Costco coming, if the rumor is true. But they and their neighbors worry about how development of the property will impact traffic in and

out of their community, as well as the look and feel of Heritage Harbour’s “grand entrance.” “Really the only way in and out (of that property) is through our grand entrance,” Larry Lovell said. “That (entrance) is a big selling point for the whole community.” Larry Lovell wants to make sure traffic, drainage and other issues are addressed with any project. Resident Tom Bakalar agreed. “My concern now is for things like drainage and traffic,” Bakalar said. “I don’t know enough.”

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Mary Kosiver, Pat Summerlee, Karen Bolte and Annette Vecchione won the Nine Hole Women’s Golf Association “4 Club Event” (one best ball of four) on Feb. 8 at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club’s Royal Lakes, shooting 28.

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Christopher Culton chats with Andrew Wood in the locker room while an assistant at the Naval Academy.

Ship-shape program? Former Naval Academy football assistant accepts head job at Lakewood Ranch High. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER

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ustangs football has its next head coach, and he brings high-level experience with him. Lakewood Ranch High Athletic Director Shawn Trent named Christopher Culton the program’s new coach at a Feb. 9 news conference. The hire is dependent on Culton passing a background check and getting a teaching position at the school, but Trent couldn’t wait to tell the world about the Mustangs’ new head man. Culton spent 14 years as an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Cocoa Beach native played college football at Georgia Southern University, graduating in 2001. While there, he roomed with Riverview High head coach Josh Smithers, who said Culton’s passion for the game was obvious. During a freshman year spring practice, Culton, an offensive lineman, suffered a neck injury that would ultimately end his playing career. Smithers said many players would have quit football entirely after that, but Culton did not. Instead, he became a student assistant and “did some not glorious stuff,” including drawing up scout cards, while taking some razzing from players for going into coaching. “Not everyone would do that,” Smithers said. “It speaks to his character. He finishes what he starts.” Culton took 2017 off from coaching to see what life was like without it. He was tired of the college recruiting scene and wanted to spend more time with his family, so the Cultons moved to Emerald Isle, N.C., and Culton became a sales consultant for Transportation Impact LLC. Turns out, he missed being on the sidelines, and last fall started looking for new coaching opportunities. After talking with Smithers, who alerted him to the Mustangs’ opening, and Venice High

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coach John Peacock, whose father played with Culton’s father at Manatee High, Culton decided the opportunity at Lakewood Ranch was too good to miss. He’s aware of both the stiff competition from rivals like Braden River High and the struggles the Mustangs have had in recent seasons. He also doesn’t care. Culton sees Lakewood Ranch’s facilities, including its turf practice space and stadium, and is excited about the possibilities. “No one else in Manatee County cares about Lakewood Ranch (football), and that’s OK,” Culton said. “I’m not worried about everyone else.” Culton pointed to the school’s reputation as an academic powerhouse as a huge advantage. Lakewood Ranch High has won the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 8A Academic Team Championship seven years in a row. Culton said that means the students are studying on their own at home, and if they can study for school, they can study for football. That dedication will need to continue if Culton is going to implement the Naval Academy’s offense at Lakewood Ranch. The Midshipmen have run the triple option, or flexbone, offense since Paul Johnson took over the program in 2002 after leaving Culton’s alma mater, Georgia Southern. Culton followed Johnson to the Naval Academy, but chose not to follow him to Georgia Tech in 2008, instead staying in Annapolis and coaching under option devotee Ken Niumatalolo, who would become the winningest head coach in program history.

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Christopher Culton, who was an assistant coach at the Naval Academy for 14 years, will be the next Lakewood Ranch High football coach.

Culton’s offensive lines were a large part of the Midshipmen’s success. While Culton said he was “not married to the triple option,” he said he would evaluate how effective it would be with his players. Culton said there are a lot of similarities between the students at Lakewood Ranch and at the Naval Academy. They may not be the biggest or fastest, but “football isn’t a track meet.” It requires smarts to run the option offense, and Lakewood Ranch has that. “I want this program to be as good as it can be,” Culton said. “I know everyone says they have good kids, but we have good kids here.” Trent said Culton’s reasons for wanting to join Lakewood Ranch reminded him of his own reasons for joining the school in 2005. “There’s a lot of correlation there,” Trent said. “He wants to be at a school his kids can go to. He wants to be competitive with hard work and great kids.” Culton will replace Mick Koczersut, who resigned in January. Koczersut led the Mustangs to a 14-22 record during the course of four seasons, including a 3-5 campaign last year. “I think he will breathe some life into that program,” Smithers said of Culton. “He’s going to do a great job. He’ll work his players hard but love all of them. He’ll care about the whole kid and build things the right way.”


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hey all looked thrilled. Yes, everyone at the Buddy Up Tennis session at The Out-of-Door Academy on Feb. 10 was happy to be there. Participants, the coaches, the volunteers, the parents. If you don’t know, Buddy Up Tennis is a national charitable organization that provides a high-energy, adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and young adults with Down syndrome. The local chapter was launched in 2014 by Riverview High students Allison Davis and Emma Traynor, but the program serves kids across Manatee and Sarasota counties, including Lakewood Ranch High student Joey Baar. Baar, 16, is one of the participants who caught my eye right away with his talent. Forehand, backhand, it didn’t matter, Baar was crushing it. I like to think of myself as a decent tennis player, but I’m not kidding when I say Baar would wipe the floor with me. Turns out, Baar has been coming to Buddy Up Tennis for five years, and also plays with Special Olympics Florida. “We’ve seen his growth,” Jim Baar, Joey’s father, said. “The way he hits the ball, his focus and just his enjoyment from playing tennis. It’s been great. “Our whole family is very

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Buddy Up Tennis’ participants and volunteers were involved in a tournament Feb. 10 at The Out-of-Door Academy.

sports-oriented. For us, I think sports is a great way to keep the body healthy. For him to be out there doing that is great to see. He’s building that coordination and endurance and the ability to sweat a little bit. It’s impressive.” Joey wasn’t feeling talkative during the session, but the smile on his face said everything. The session was split into halves. First, participants go through 45 minutes of exercise at different stations. Some kids did sit-ups and high-knee runs, while others went through agility ladders and threw footballs, then they switched. After the workout, everyone grabs a racket

for 45 minutes of actual tennis that spans a warm-up, rally practice and serve practice. Volunteers work with them. David Rouse, the local program coordinator and father of participant Kelley Rouse, knows how difficult the workouts get. “We have one weekend where the parents are the buddies,” he said. “I dread that weekend (laughs). I’m exhausted halfway through the exercise portion. It’s awesome that as hard as they work, they have a blast.” The best part of the whole program, to me, has nothing to do with the on-court activities, even though they are great.

It’s this: The local chapter of Buddy Up Tennis is sponsored by Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome), meaning all the kids get to participate for free. Twice a month, these kids get to have the time of their lives on ODA’s tennis courts, and it costs their families not one penny. I realize I’m too young to know much about life, but I can recognize a beautiful thing when I see one. Buddy Up Tennis is beautiful. It is pure. It is a place where kids and families who have to go through so much on a daily basis can relax and laugh and feel joy. For some parents, watching

their children play caused some tears to sneak from the corners of their eyes. They made sure to capture some of the session on video, because who would ever want to forget it? I sure don’t. If you want to sign up someone for, or volunteer with, Buddy Up Tennis, you can do so by emailing Sarasota@BuddyUpTennis. com or by calling 614-579-8808. Ryan Kohn is the sports writer for the East County Observer. Contact him at rkohn@ yourobserver.com.

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akewood Ranch’s Caleb Caserta ran from his casting lesson Feb. 10, laughing all the way to the next station at the Learn to Fish Seminar at Summerfield Park. “I will never forget this day,” he said of the event, which was presented by the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club and Lakewood Ranch Community Activities. Jeanette Wirz, president of the Lakewood Ranch Anglers Club, was glad to hear how excited he was about fishing. But she hopes Caleb, and the approximately 115 other children who attended have many more great days with a pole. “It’s one sport you can use your whole life,” Wirz said. “It’s a constructive


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Guest bartender Kim Miele waved a handful of tips in the air, then laughed as she tossed the money in a bucket. The bucket might as well have been a bowl of food. Every dollar raised Feb. 8 during Bartending for a Cause at the Polo Grill & Bar in Lakewood Ranch was going to the Food Bank of Manatee and, in turn, would purchase food and supplies for families in need. Miele, who is executive director of the Gulf Coast CEO Forum, landed the volunteer role after talking to Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee, which operates the Food Bank of Manatee. Phillips, who is on the Gulf Coast CEO Forum board, was checking to see if Miele would be interested in bartending for a night. “When she said the Food Bank, I was in,” Miele said. “There is such a need.” Bill Porter, past president of the

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Above: Lakewood Ranch’s Kim Miele shows off the reason she volunteered for Bartending for a Cause. It’s cash for the Food Bank of Manatee. Left: Allison Imre, the owner of Grapevine Communications, enjoys her role as a celebrity bartender as she serves Venice’s Lynn Massaroni during Bartending for a Cause at the Polo Grill & Bar in Lakewood Ranch.

Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club, said Bartending for a Cause had two important purposes. The first, of course, was to raise money with all tips going to the Food Bank along with proceeds from raffles. However, Porter said there was an even more important goal for the event. “Awareness is critical,” he said. “People come here and say, ‘I didn’t know the need you have.’” Phillips agreed it was a great night to get the word out. “See how many people are

here?” said Phillips of the Polo Grill & Bar’s packed area around the bar. “This is bringing awareness. We are letting people know we need help.” The Food Bank of Manatee provides nutrition and supportive services to the community. It is the largest hunger prevention program in Manatee County, providing more than 4.65 million pounds of food annually for local children, families and seniors. “Every dollar we raise feeds someone,” said Phillips, who noted the Lakewood Ranch Rotary

Club has been a big supporter of the Food Bank. “The only way to sustain the Food Bank is through donations,” Porter said. While Phillips and Porter were speaking, guest bartender Allison Imre, owner of Grapevine Communications, was racing up and down the bar, handing out drinks and collecting tips. “Look how involved the community is,” she said. Those who would like to become involved with the Food Bank or Meals on Wheels Plus can visitfoodbankofmanatee.org or call 747-4655.

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The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Golf Association “Think Pink” Committee raised more than $35,000 through two events.

Swinging for a cause Ladies in the Lakewood Ranch 18 Hole Women’s Golf Association took a swing at raising funds and basically scored a hole-in-one. The Think Pink “Moving for Cancer” two-event fundraiser raised nearly $35,000. The first event, ”DJ & Decadent Desserts Party,” on Nov. 30 included dancing and desserts. It raised more than $4,000. The second event, “Think Pink-Keeping it Local,” was a golf event held Jan. 30 at the country club. The organization raised $30,200 through registration fees and a silent auction. Money raised at both events benefited Breast Health Sarasota Inc., for uninsured and underinsured women and men requiring breast health services in Manatee County. Services

range from a simple mammogram to more complicated services, such as ultrasound, MRI, surgery and reconstruction.

Spotlight on education The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch will join forces Feb. 21 for a special luncheon at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. The guest speaker is Neil Phillips, the founder and head of school for Visible Men Academy, an all-boys public charter school in Bradenton. Phillips has more than 25 years’ experience as an educator, entrepreneur, coach and youth advocate.

Cost to attend is $35 for Business Alliance members or $45 for nonmembers. To register or for information, visit lwrba.org.

The nonprofit Dollar Dynasty will hold its 15th annual “Sharing the Dream” Recognition Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota. Dollar Dynasty is a nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless and underprivileged adults and children in the greater Sarasota area. The guest speaker for the luncheon is Katelyn Grimmitt, a graduate of New College of Florida who created a mini oral history project on Sarasota’s Newtown community. The Booker Middle School Jazz Ensemble will perform at the event. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 27. All donations and ticket purchases are tax deductible. You can also mail your ticket donation to Dollar Dynasty, P.O. Box 5975, Sarasota, FL 34277. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Victoria Brown at 955-8091 or email dollardynasty@comcast.net.

Fashion and fun The University Park Women’s Club hosted its annual fashion show Feb. 14 at Michael’s On East. The event started with a social hour and was followed by lunch and a fashion show starring women in the club.

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CIRCUS SARASOTA: OVATION Begins at 7 p.m. under the Big Top at the southern end of The Mall, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. This year’s Circus Sarasota season is titled “Ovation” and honors the legacy of the circus arts and those who have impacted the art form over the last 250 years. The international lineup includes hand balancers Duo KVAS, Swiss juggling master Kris Kremo, as well as tight wire, horse and other acts. Showtimes vary by day. Ticket costs range from $15 to $55. For information about cost and schedules, visit circusarts.org or call 355-9805.

SATURDAY, FEB. 17

SUPER HERO 5K Begins at 8:30 a.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. The seventh annual Superhero 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run is a chip-timed run intended to raise awareness for the need for foster care families. Registration for the 5K is $45 and the Fun Run is $35. For information, visit 5khero.com. YOUTH FISHING TOURNEY Runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Lake Uihlein, with the meeting place at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Entry costs $10 and includes lunch, bait, a T-shirt and a cooler bag. One person can register up to five children. For information or to register, visit lwrcac.com.

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EXOTIC CAR FESTIVAL Runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Ferrari Drivers Group and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office present this event featuring more than 100 exotic cars, including rare Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and others. Proceeds benefit Flight to the North Pole Foundation, a Christmas project for children suffering with life-threatening or special health problems. For information, visit lakewoodranch.com.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 18

POLO Begins at 1 p.m. at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. Gates for the Sunday polo match open at 10 a.m. and matches start at 1 p.m. Admission is $12 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. For information, visit sarasotapolo.com.

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ART SHOW Runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 20-25 at Palm Aire Golf and Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota. The Art Association of Palm Aire celebrates its 35th annual art show featuring works by member artists. For information, visit palmaire.net/Activities/ Clubs_Organizations/Art_Association.

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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE SEMINAR Begins at 10:30 a.m. at Prestige Medical Group, 6924 Professional Parkway E., Suite B, Lakewood Ranch. This seminar will teach you about the latest scientific developments in regenerative medicine for orthopedic and nervous conditions, how regenerative medicine works and the different types of treatments available for various ailments.

Snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so guests must RSVP and be over 18 to attend. For information, contact Prestige Medical Group at 362-4000 or visit prestigemedicalgroup.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21

THE MARKET AT LAKEWOOD RANCH Runs from 3-7 p.m. at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane. Come to The Market at Lakewood Ranch to purchase organic produce and products, such as honey, organic meats and cheeses and more. For information, visit lakewoodranch.com/ life-on-the-ranch/themarket. ROTARY LUNCHEON Begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch will join for this special luncheon featuring guest speaker Neil Phillips, founder and head of school for Visible Men Academy, an all-boys public charter school. Cost is $35 for Business Alliance members and $45 for nonmembers. To register, visit lwrba.org.

THURSDAY, FEB. 22

PONIES FOR PUPS KICKOFF Begins at 6 p.m. at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. This charity bartending night starts the countdown to the ninth annual Ponies for Pups Charity Polo Match on March 10. Proceeds from the night benefit Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. Music and entertainment will be provided by Vinyl Lovers. For information, call Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue at 747-4900 or visit nateshonoranimalrescue.org or pologrillandbar. com.

SATURDAY, FEB. 24

HEALTH EXPO Runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The interactive Embrace a Life of Health and Wellness Expo includes more than 50 exhibitors in the health field who will share samples, perform screenings and offer market services and information. There will be blood pressure checks, eye exams, posture and spinal checks and more. Admission is free. For information, visit lwrcac.com.

TUESDAY, FEB. 27

HOME BUYING WORKSHOP Begins at 6 p.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. A panel of professionals will discuss considerations to keep in mind when purchasing a home, putting your current home on the market, how to select a community that fits your lifestyle and more. Drinks and light snacks will be served. The event is free. For information, visit lakewoodranch.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

MUSIC ON MAIN Runs from 6-9 p.m. at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Come for a free concert featuring Soulrcoaster. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. Guests are welcome to bring chairs but no coolers. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short leash. For information, call 907-9243.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

ORCHID BALL Runs from 6-10 p.m. at University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park. The American Asian Women’s


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DOGGIES FOR DUCHENNE Begins at 7:30 a.m. at 5261 Paylor Lane, Sarasota. This annual 5K race and 1-mile walk and charity race benefits the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch and Another Day for Gray, which raises funds and awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Registration costs $30. To register, visit unsignup.com/Race/FL/Sarasota/ Doggies4Duchenne.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 4

ONE BILLION RISING EVENT Runs from 1-4 p.m. at The Out-ofDoor Academy, 5950 Deer Drive, Lakewood Ranch. The Power of Love, Sarasota’s fifth-annual VDay and One Billion Rising event, is part of an international movement to raise awareness about violence against girls and women. Suggested donation for adults is $10. To register, visit sarasotapeacenter.org/vday.html.

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L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7516 Greystone Street Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4173738 $1,279,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7520 213th Street E Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4204382 $1,250,000

PA L M E T T O 809 Riviera Dunes Way Debbie Vogler 941-705-3328 A4208509 $1,150,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 21306 Deer Pointe Crossing Chris Baylis 941-735-4713 A4200170 $939,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 14207 Woodhall Place Cheryl Roberts 941-266-1450 A4206450 $900,000

BR ADENTON 3508 Avenida Madera Cheryl Roberts 941-266-1450 A4205393 $695,000

U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 6302 Thorndon Circle Beth Ann Boyer & Nancy Phillips 941-780-6606 A4203302 $629,000

BR ADENTON 12514 Harbour Landings Drive Patty Brooks 941-545-1194 A4185818 $579,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 15324 Leven Links Place Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4204329 $574,900

PA R R I S H 11455 Savannah Lakes Drive Paul Oakes 941-312-1455 A4202158 $549,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6310 Watercrest Way 401 Kathy Lewis 941-228-1213 A4209147 $549,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7715 Latrobe Court Holly Winkle 941-907-9595 A4208915 $469,000

BR ADENTON 9206 13th Avenue Circle NW Patty Brooks 941-545-1194 A4196553 $449,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 13864 Siena Loop The Collier Group 941-313-1212 A4197532 $445,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 11716 Strandhill Court Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4199067 $445,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7110 Whitemarsh Circle John Camino, PA 941-685-5060 A4209148 $445,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7410 Lake Forest Glen Barbara Najmy 941-705-1158 A4203189 $439,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 11422 Spring Gate Trail Matthew Cannon 941-228-2030 A4208958 $399,990

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 8754 49th Terrace E Sue Cosgrove-Lee 941-400-9068 A4206502 $368,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 4688 Claremont Park Drive Bryan Dwyer 941-809-9106 A4201209 $329,900

PA L M E T T O 8868 Founders Circle Laura Naese 941-350-3657 A4200157 $319,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 8721 52nd Drive E Laurie Jarema 941-321-3410 A4209140 $300,000

PA L M E T T O 3900 29th Street E Linda Dickson 941-224-1337 A4189025 $275,000

BR ADENTON 4321 Muirfield Drive Kathy Valente 941-685-6767 A4208618 $255,000

BR ADENTON 5708 34th Court W Cathy Palmer 941-920-2247 A4195349 $239,999

BR ADENTON 2212 24th Street W Leah Secondo 941-545-4430 A4196036 $227,000

BR ADENTON 4817 61st Avenue Terrace W Mary Jo Violett 941-928-8474 A4205741 $224,500

PA L M E T T O 1007 Riviera Dunes Way Jody Shinn 941-705-5704 A4203167 $1,675,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12524 Highfield Circle Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4206329 $1,495,000

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James and Melissa Jones, of Bradenton, sold their home at 5324 96th St. E., to Daniel and Linda Flynn, of Green Valley, Ariz., for $710,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,820 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $765,000 in 2014. TREYMORE AT THE VILLAGE OF PALM AIRE

Nichols Lampros, trustee, and Elaine Lampros, of Sarasota, sold the home at 7017 Treymore Court to David and Maureen Decker, of Center Valley, Pa., for $590,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,723 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $339,900 in 1999. RICHMOND PARK

Raymond and Carolyn Quick sold their home at 8019 Collingwood Court to Gary and Rebecca Miller, of Vienna, W.Va., for $549,000. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,106 square feet of living area.

COUNTRY CLUB EAST

Stirling Equity Group LLC sold the home at 15516 Castle Park Terrace to Robert and Ilona DeCrick, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., for $533,000. Built in 2017, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,718 square feet of living area. ESPLANADE

Bradford and Randi Bergey, trustees, of Huntersville, N.C., sold the home at 5210 Napoli Run to John Lewis and Sandra Lewis, trustees, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., for $520,000. Built in 2015, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,087 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $496,800 in 2015. Dixie Delgado, of Bradenton, sold her home at 13132 Torresina Terrace to Jennifer Cost, of Mentor, Ohio, and Jeffrey Cost, of Bradenton, for $325,000. Built in 2013, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,684 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $257,200 in 2013. ROSEDALE ADDITION

WCI Communities LLC sold the home at 4725 Royal Dornoch Circle to Robert Pritchard, of Bradenton, for $515,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two-and-two-half baths, a pool and 2,502 square feet of living area. Tony and Deborah Fox, of Franklin, N.C., sold their home at 4768 Royal Dornoch Circle to Peter and Kathryn Duus, of Bradenton, for $464,000. Built in 2015, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,584 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $475,300 in 2015. RYE WILDERNESS ESTATES

D.R. Horton Inc. sold the home at 16612 Fifth Ave. E., to Todd and Michelle Thomas, of Bradenton, for $505,000. Built in 2017, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,114 square feet of living area.

PRESERVE AT PANTHER RIDGE

Aaron and Kathy Corr, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7714 Jay Watch Glen to William and Encamacion Vogenitz, of Bradenton, for $480,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,203 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $470,000 in 2017. EAGLE TRACE

Stanley and Elizabeth Pawelec sold their home at 1914 Crooked Lake Circle to Melvin and Margaret Siler, of Bradenton, for $452,500. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,323 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,900 in 2016. Cathryn Hollfelder, of Gainesville, sold her home at 2010 Red Lake Run to Benjamin Sherman and Jayne Hackett, of Bradenton, for $420,000. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and is 2,280 square feet. It sold for $454,400 in 2016. BRADEN PINES

Christopher Gasparro and Meghan Alden Gasparro sold their home at 10821 Forest Run Drive to David and Elanor Sa, of Bradenton, for $431,000. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,978 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2015.

Pool cage

Gloria Bracciano

$ 177,667

Remodel

Marlene Davidson

$ 105,676

7978 Royal Birkdale Circle

Remodel

Michael Gaffney

$ 95,195

6856 Wild Lake Terrace

Alterations

Nelson Alvarez

$ 72,500

6109 Ninth Ave. Circle N.E.

Remodel

Michael Lewis

$ 69,786

16508 Kendleshire Terrace

Pool

Gary Drake

$ 64,000

6780 Wild Lake Terrace

Pool

Steven Bristol

$ 63,281

7707 Sudbury Glen

Pool

Gregg Elstro

$ 61,000

6306 67th St. E.

Pool

Andrea Olivero

$ 50,534

4623 Fourth Ave. E.

Dock

Brian Ott

$ 41,856

5917 Cessna Run

Pool

Thoams Fuller

7421 Eaton Court

Door/windows Catherine Strongman

7215 Marston Court

Reroof

Arnold Kneitel

$ 34,188

16630 Sixth Ave. E.

Pool

Michael Gee

$ 32,995

6650 Oakland Hills Drive

Door/windows Gilbert Fifield

$ 32,000

734 137th St. N.E.

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Tibor Gomory

$ 31,800

4619 Blue Marlin Drive

Remodel

Werner Pennardt

$ 30,650

263 Heritage Isles Way

Pool

Roger Gordon

$ 28,970

6909 Drewrys Bluff

Reroof

Stewart Oljaca

$ 26,000

7517 Camden Harbour Drive

Pool cage

Qian Wang

$ 25,760

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Jason and Nicole Gabbard, of Parrish, sold their home at 10004 Oak Run Drive to Paul and Audrey Wills, of Bradenton, for $385,000. Built in 1981, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,160 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $308,600 in 2016. Robert and Maria Rudd sold their home at 9615 Oak Run Drive to Steven and Kristin Coad, of Bradenton, for $313,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,679 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $256,000 in 2015. COUNTRY CLUB VILLAGE

SunCastle Properties LLC sold the home at 7708 Latrobe Court to Gino Scapillati, of Ontario, Canada, for $427,500. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,413 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $305,000 in 2017.

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L A K E WO O D R A N C H 16206 Clearlake Avenue A4189792 $1,350,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 15903 Clearlake Avenue A4207214 $1,299,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7516 Greystone Street A4173738 $1,279,900

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and Kay Renshaw, of Bradenton, for $344,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,036 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $265,000 in 2014.

Alan and Karen Hunt sold their home at 8819 Brookfield Terrace to Thomas and Bonita Michalak, of Bradenton, for $415,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,985 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $621,100 in 2006.

George and Catherine Axiotis, of Sarasota, sold their home at 104 Sweet Tree St. to Ravi and Gail Ghai, of Bradenton, for $309,900. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,006 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $305,900 in 2014.

Jose Bautista, of Tampa, sold his home at 419 Fairway Isles Lane to Ruth Cassell, of Bradenton, for $247,500. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,932 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $227,800 in 2003.

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Mario and Sylvia Rodrigues, Johann Rodrigues, Trevor Rodrigues and Erica Rodrigues, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 5322 Napa Drive to Ira Saltzman and Kirk Myers, of Sarasota, for $400,000. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,479 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $334,200 in 2010. HERITAGE HARBOUR

Gabrielle Jeans sold the home at 6475 Willowshire Way to Robert and Elizabeth Corran, of Bradenton, for $390,000. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,297 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $379,000 in 2015. Ronald and Debra Milewski, of Bradenton, sold their home at 212 River Enclave Court to Brock

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John and Elizabeth Morley, of Hampshire, United Kingdom, sold their home at 7608 Drayton Circle to Claudine Kahn and Harry Blank, trustees, of Bradenton, for $385,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,410 square feet of living area. GREYHAWK LANDING WEST

Richard and Simone Rose, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12121 Goldenrod Ave. to Deborah Cohen, of Bradenton, for $370,000. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,371 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $358,100 in 2016. BRADEN WOODS

Coral Green Homes LLC sold the home at 6208 91st St. E. to Scot Robinson, of Bradenton, for $355,300. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,828 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 2016.

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Michael and Lori Basilone, of Placida, sold their Unit B condominium at 1248 Riverscape St. to Justin and Christine Mizell, of Bradenton, for $350,000. Built in 2015, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,748 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $289,100 in 2015.

ARBOR LAKES

Earl and Victoria Eastman, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7309 Meeting St., to Jeffrey and Sari Latto, of E. Meadow, N.Y., for $295,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,617 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $235,000 in 2013.

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ROSEDALE GOLF AND TENNIS CLUB

Earle and Judith Pride sold their home at 7104 Coachlight St. to Michael and Natalie Milliron, of Sarasota, for $319,900. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,198 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2013.

Fannie Mae sold the home at 153 Americas Cup Blvd. to David and Carol Grunfeld, of Bradenton, for $338,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two-anda-half baths and 2,356 square feet of living area.

Michael and Lorraine Poteete, of Parrish, sold their home at 4005 Second Drive N.E. to William and Anna Marie Newcomer, of Bradenton, for $319,900. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,933 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2013.

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Doreen Wilson, of Lakewood Ranch, sold the home at 15664 Lemon Fish Drive to Ronald and Sherry Fuelberg, of Panama City Beach, for $337,500. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,094 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $328,600 in 2006.

George Husfelt and Stacy Beck, of Parrish, sold their home at 12367 Lavender Loop to Zachary and Morgan Pearl, of Bradenton, for $319,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,193 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $269,800 in 2014.

Steven Misiti, of Lakewood Ranch, sold his home at 14210 Tree Swallow Way to Robynjeet Purewal, of Lakewood Ranch, for $270,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,815 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $155,300 in 2012.

Jennifer Louis King, of Sarasota, sold her home at 12642 Cara Cara Loop to Ngocdung Pham and Nam Le, of Utica, Ky., for $290,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,175 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $282,900 in 2005.

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Suzanne Daigle, of Bradenton, sold her home at 7159 Victoria Circle to Jay Berman, of University Park, for $325,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,721 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $321,500 in 2004.

Ronald and Sonia Weismehl, of Venice, sold their home at 7408 Sea Island Lane to Nick and Nancy Coin, of Rock Island, Ill., for $315,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,146 square feet of living area.

Graham and Debra Mugford sold their home at 8747 52nd Drive E. to Lyse Stevens, of Bradenton, for $285,000. Built in 1995, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,537 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $228,000 in 2013. Thomas Loken, of Bradenton, sold his home at 8711 53rd Terrace E. to HP Florida I LLC for $282,500. Built in 1993, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,665 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $238,000 in 2013. Bruce Weber, trustee, sold the home at 8709 52nd Drive E. to Edwin and Susan Zysko, of Alberta, Canada, for $272,500. Built in 1994, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,490 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 1999. Hillary Geyer, of Evanston, Ill., and Estelle Ure, of Glencoe, Ill., trustees, sold the home at 8752 52nd Drive E. to Lewis and Gloria Walker, of Bradenton, for $249,000. Built in 1994, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,556 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $227,000 in 2003.

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13206 PALMERS CREEK TERRACE

7921 WATERTON LANE

16116 CLEARLAKE AVENUE

497 WEBBS COVE

6809 BELMONT COURT

13231 PALMERS CREEK TERRACE

13523 BLYTHEFIELD TERRACE

7936 TREESDALE GLEN

6938 BRIER CREEK COURT

14819 CASTLEPARK TERRACE

15016 CASTLEPARK TERRACE

4924 TIVOLI RUN

9523 OLD HYDE PARK

12247 THORNHILL COURT

16406 HILLSIDE CIRCLE

5608 CLOVERLEAF RUN

5518 FOXFIRE RUN

7403 RIVIERA COVE

13019 BELKNAP

4684 CLAREMONT PARK

4745 CLAREMONT PARK DR.

8313 FARINGTON COURT

11897 FOREST PARK CIRCLE

6552 MOORINGS POINT CIRCLE UNIT 102

$1,749,000 | NEWLY RENOVATED

$1,497,500 | NEWLY RENOVATED

$649,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$649,000 | AMAZING PRIVACY

$460,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$370,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$1,685,000 | FORMER MODEL

$1,150,000 | LAKE VIEW

$689,000 | GOLF COURSE

$599,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$375,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$375,000 | PRIVATE LOT

$1,675,000 | LAKE VIEW

$949,000 | FORMER MODEL

$635,000 | GOLF COURSE

$488,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$445,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$349,000 | LAKE VIEW

$1,499,000 | 6 BEDROOMS

$788,000 | LAKE VIEW

$675,000 | GREAT ROOM FLOOR PLAN

$470,000 | LAKE VIEW

$375,000 | PRIVATE VIEW

$320,000 | STEPS TO POOL

Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each office is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity. Property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not limited to county records and the multiple listing service and it may include approximations. All information is deemed accurate. 264911

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