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Don’t call me Polly East County’s Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue held a naming contest for its rescued pionus parrot (above) and the winner is ... Riley. After collecting the entries, Birds of Paradise said Riley held off the other frontrunners, Oakley and Zane. Riley was one of 15 parrots rescued May 20 from a North Port home after the owner died. The parrots had suffered from a lack of care. Anyone who would like to defray the Birds of Paradise’s cost of caring for the parrots can go to birdsofparadise.org.

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Alexis LeMieux, a 5-year-old Rowlett Academy student, says her dad, Ken LeMieux, “cooks a lot and plays with me.”

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Snakes on TV Myakka City’s Dusty Crum (above) made his “Swamp Mysteries” debut June 7 on History. “Swamp Mysteries,” a spin-off of “Swamp People,” is hosted by Troy Landry, who joined with Crum on the first episode that showcased Crum wrangling Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. Crum said the Discovery Channel has talked to him about starting his own series. “People are uneasy with snakes, so this will be something they can’t look away from,” Crum said. The episode will air again June 14 at 8 p.m. on History.

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NEW PLANS FOR THEATER COMPLEX

Renderings courtesy of SchenkelShultz and DLR Group

Although new plans for the Players Center for the Performing Arts at Waterside Place have affected the interior, the outside shouldn’t vary much from this original rending.

Main theater takes priority in first phase of project. JAY HEATER MANAGING EDITOR

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t was May 2, 2016, and the Players Centre for the Performing Arts announced its plans to build a $30 million theater complex in the new Lakewood Ranch community of Waterside. Suffice to say, not even those connected with The Players thought it would be accomplished without a few twists and turns. On June 7, Players chair Donna DeFant sat at the theater in Sarasota and talked about the newest twist in construction of the new facility. DeFant said The Players will build the 488-seat main theater and the outside shell of the complex, and then piecemeal the remaining major aspects, including a 125-seat black box theater and a 100-seat cabaret. Construction cost is estimated at $21 million. Back in 2016, Players CEO and Managing Director Michelle Bianchi was hoping the entire theater could be built at once, based on a selling price of $12.5 million for the Sarasota theater, naming rights and fundraising. Over the next year, it became apparent the entire $30 million might be a tough get, and Bianchi announced a new plan had been set up to build the theater in three $10 million phases, with the cabaret being built first. Bianchi said The Players wouldn’t be “the missing tooth” when Waterside Place opens for business in 2020. Then on April 25, Bianchi resigned, citing the fact she was unhappy with the direction of the nonprofit. It was a surprising announcement since The Players had sold its Sarasota theater

“We are dealing with all the what ifs. We would like to be prepared.” — Jeffery Kin, artistic director

for $9.5 million and picked up a $1 million grant from the Muriel O’Neil Fund of the Performing Arts through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. On June 7, DeFant said the 120-day due diligence period for sale of the Sarasota theater had expired. Although the buyer has yet to be identified, DeFant said she was confident the sale would close on July 7 as scheduled. Then The Players will find out the buyer’s plans and whether they will need to move immediately. The sale will allow The Players to pursue financing for the new theater complex’s first phase. “It does make sense,” Players Artistic Director Jeffery Kin said of building the main theater first. “It will give us more naming opportunities, so it seems logical,” he said. “We can also begin to engage other arts partners. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Kin said it will be easier to fundraise with the main theater operating. He said building the main theater first could eventually save The Players millions of dollars. DeFant said Waterside Place developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch had offered The Players use of one of its buildings adjacent to the complex to build one of the smaller theaters. DeFant said the offer was much appreciated, but the board felt it wasn’t feasible. “SMR has been very generous,” DeFant said. “And they have been very flexible.” In its original announcement of the move, The Players was going to occupy a 5-acre parcel in Waterside Place. DeFant said the parcel is 4.5 acres now and the complex itself, originally 81,000 square feet, will be 76,000 square feet. “We’ve done a little downsizing,” he said. The first phase will include a front lobby and an event plaza, but DeFant said the planned large video board in front of the theater might have to wait. She said SMR was building a three-story parking garage that could be used by the theater’s patrons. She said SMR has agreed to take care of the maintenance of the grounds to keep the land-

CHANGE OF PLAN This revised plan has been scrapped. The entire exterior shell will now be built in Phase 1 along with the main theater. Interior additions will be made as money is raised.

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Artistic Director Jeffery Kin and former CEO and Managing Director Michelle Bianchi have promoted a children’s reading program in Lakewood Ranch.

scaping cohesive with the rest of Waterside Place. Schenkel/Shultz and Westlake Reed and Leskowsky are the architects for the project while Willis Smith Construction is the builder. DeFant said the original design for the project remains basically intact. While construction plans move forward, DeFant said the board has put a search for a new CEO and managing director on hold until at least the fall. She said the emphasis for now will be to hire a development and capital campaign executive to raise funds. Kin said he has some good leads on a temporary home for The Players if the theater needs one between the time it must move out of its Sarasota home until it can occupy the new theater. In the meantime, Kin said The Players will continue to consider opportunities to perform in the

Lakewood Ranch area. He said Legend of Sleepy Hollow will return to the Sarasota Polo Club on Oct. 17-20. If the property, which is on the market, sells, he said he hopes the new owners would continue to host the production. He said The Players would like to build an entire festival around the production. Likewise, The Players’ children’s reading program, STAR, is looking for a host site in the Lakewood Ranch area. It currently is hosted by the Sarasota Polo Club. “We have a couple of other projects in the works” for Lakewood Ranch, Kin said. For now, The Players executives are trying to prepare for a variety of scenarios. “We are dealing with all the what ifs,” Kin said. “We would like to be prepared.”

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A $20 million question Mote Marine seeks $20 million commitment from Sarasota County for construction of a new $130 million aquarium. DAVID CONWAY DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR

As it pursues a new $130 million aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is asking for more than just land from Sarasota County. At the June 12 Sarasota County Commission meeting, commissioners discussed a request from Mote for a financial commitment of $20 million toward the project. Mote is also seeking a longterm lease for a nine-acre tract of county-owned land at the north end of Nathan Benderson Park. The commission unanimously directed its staff to vet Mote’s economic impact study regarding the aquarium plans and review the availability of tourist development tax funding for the project. The board expressed a desire to help Mote bring the aquarium to Benderson Park, but commissioners were not yet certain whether the financial commitment Mote sought was feasible. “I personally hope all the details can be worked out, because I can’t wait for the day when you enter our beautiful county and you see that building during the daytime

and glowing during the nighttime — if we can work out the details,” Commissioner Al Maio said. Mote President and CEO Michael Crosby said he was excited about the commission’s reaction and optimistic the aquatic research organization would come to an agreement with Sarasota County. He also said a major financial contribution from the county was essential for the aquarium project to advance. “I do not think this will be a successful endeavor without the significant one-time support of the county,” Crosby said. In February, Mote announced plans to relocate its aquarium from City Island to Nathan Benderson Park. The organization unveiled renderings of a four-story, 110,000-square-foot facility with lighting on the side of the building that can display ocean-inspired imagery. The organization revealed its plans — including a targeted groundbreaking date of 2019 and a targeted completion date of 2021 — without a firm commitment regarding the use of the county property. Since then, Mote representatives have discussed the parameters of a potential arrangement with the county. Lewis briefed the commission on the status of the Mote discussions Tuesday. He did not mention a timeline for when the staff might return to the commission with a prospective agreement. He did, however, make clear where a potential county financial con-

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Mote Marine has asked Sarasota County for a $20 million commitment toward a new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park.

“I do not think this will be a successful endeavor without the significant one-time support of the county.” — Michael Crosby, Mote President and CEO

tribution toward the aquarium would come from. “The only real source of funding for this would be the tourist development tax,” Lewis said. The tourist development tax is money generated from rental properties of less than six months throughout the county. The county generated a record $21.3 million in tourist tax revenue in fiscal year 2017, and through April, revenue in fiscal year 2018 had increased 12.2% over the previous year. Despite the record numbers,

the county is facing a squeeze in its apportionment of tourist tax dollars. The county’s 2017 decision to commit $22 million toward the construction of a new Atlanta Braves spring training complex in North Port limits what officials can spend in the next few years, said Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley. Even if more money becomes available, Mote isn’t the only entity seeking tourist tax funding. Commissioner Charles Hines said the broad interest in tourist tax revenue meant the county would have to be deliberate in its decision-making regarding the allocation of funding. He also cautioned against overcommitting resources in the midst of an ongoing boom period for local tourism. “We can’t always think we’re going to have record year after record year,” Hines said. “To tie up the use of those funds on a significant ask of $20 million, we really have to work through this

as an entity and decide how we’re going to allocate those.” Crosby said the request for $20 million was based in part on previous county investments in new tourism-based construction projects, such as the Braves project. He cited Mote’s economic impact study, which estimated an additional 350,000 people would visit the aquarium each year, as evidence the project would produce additional tourist tax revenue in the future. Crosby said he wasn’t concerned about other entities seeking tourist tax money, putting faith in the county’s staff to sort through financing challenges and address multiple needs at the same time. Still, he said he believes Mote is in a better position to move quickly on a project than other entities, such as the group producing a plan to redevelop Sarasota’s bayfront. “We are, in essence, to the point we’re ready to go,” Crosby said.

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“The price of a child’s safety isn’t one that I take lightly. I am willing to pay for more Sheriff’s Office deputies if that would keep our children safer.” — John Colon, School board member

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Sheriff’s Office Instructors Sgt. John Finley (left) and Lt. Andy Ramdath oversee an active shooter drill June 6 at Bayshore High in Bradenton.

Guardians role could be short term School board members consider ways to keep certified law enforcement in the county’s schools.

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As the sound of simulated gunfire rang over the intercom system June 6 at Bayshore High School in Bradenton during an “active shooter drill,” Scott Hopes started to wonder if the proposed Guard-

ian Program for the School District of Manatee County was the right choice. Hopes, chairman of the school board, decided to meet June 8 with Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells to discuss alternatives. Wells and Hopes talked about ways the Sheriff’s Office could add new deputies so the Guardian Program, even if it goes forward, could be phased out. The school board held its scheduled meeting June 12 (after the East County Observer’s deadline for this issue) and was expected to decide whether to go forward with hiring guardians. Hopes said experiencing the active shooter drill didn’t give him confidence in the Guardian Program. “You don’t know when it’s coming,” Hopes said of a possible attack on a local school. “When the sounds started (at the drill), you didn’t know how real it was going to feel.” That feeling left Hopes considering ways to keep the experts — law enforcement personnel — on the scene. Bayshore High School’s active shooter drill occurred a few weeks

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after a student was arrested May 22 for having a gun at the school. Ron Ciranna, the deputy superintendent of business and operations for the School District of Manatee County, presented a plan to the school board May 22 to fund a Guardian Program in response to a state mandate and after the county refused to pick up any part of the tab for the extra 30 security personnel needed to meet the required quota of one resource officer at every school. If guardians are hired, they will undergo four weeks of training, including gun safety, and they will also undergo rigorous psychological examinations. School board member John Colon, like Hopes, said he would prefer to have Sheriff’s Office deputies in the schools. “The price of a child’s safety isn’t one that I take lightly,” Colon said. “I am willing to pay for more Sheriff’s Office deputies if that would keep our children safer.” School board member Charlie Kennedy said the active shooter drill changed his perspective on whether will support the Guardian Program long term. He said he would be willing to explore ways to shift funds in the school budget to keep certified law enforcement personnel. Kennedy did say the district already has received many applications, including retired military and law enforcement personnel, for a guardians position. However, would any of them be interested if the program is set to be phased out in a year? Depending on the board’s actions in the June 12 meeting, it might be about to find out.

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THIEF HAS GREEN THUMB 3200 block of Whitfield Avenue, Sarasota Burglary: An unknown person or persons cut the lock on the front of a nursery and then cut an inside screen as well before stealing several small plants valued at $22. Three days later, an unknown person or person cut the lock again and entered the business, stealing nine plants in big pots valued at $120.

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SHOULDN’T HAVE WASHED HER HANDS 2900 block of 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton Lost wallet: A woman reported to the Sheriff’s Office that her wallet was missing. The woman had used a restroom in a department store and had put her wallet on a towel dispenser. She didn’t realize until she left the store she forgot to pick up her wallet. She returned to the restroom, but the wallet was gone. No wallets were turned into the front desk. The woman said she had canceled her credit cards. She was issued a case number.

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Summer might be a break from hectic schedules for parents driving kids to after-school soccer practice or track meets, but getting a jump on your athlete’s sports physicals before the fall rush is something to consider. Preparticipation physical examinations (PPEs), are an annual requirement for playing sports in middle, high school, or athletic organization participation in most states.

Health Issues Should be Addressed Before Sports Begin

According to Michael Austen, MD, medical director of the Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics of Manatee Physician Alliance. A PPE is an opportunity to diagnose undetected health issues that may put the athlete in danger if not treated prior to sports participation.

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Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics are a great place to get PPEs, according to Dr. Austen. “We do a lot of sports physicals,” he says, “so we are very familiar with the guidelines and recommendations. After a busy summer break, families often run out of Michael Austen, time to get their MD child an appointment for a sports physical with a pediatrician or primary physician.”

M E M R U S UN! F Sports Physical: What to Expect PPEs are similar to a routine physical. They consist of a medical history and a physical examination in which typical vital signs, like blood pressure and heart rate are taken and vision is checked. Findings are discussed and recommendations are made.

“Vision is a perfect example of something that should be addressed prior to sports participation,” says Dr. Austen. “Athletes need to meet specific guidelines for vision. If they don’t pass their vision test, they can’t play their sport. We can evaluate them and get them to an eye doctor for corrective lenses or other care, as needed.”

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iverwalk’s Alana Kelly said her parents, Ed and Millie, always have pushed her to get out of her comfort zone. Working with the F1 in Schools racing program, you could say she has gone above and beyond. F1 in Schools challenges students ages 9 to 19 to collaborate, design, analyze and race miniature compressed-air powered cars. That means doing just about everything a Formula 1 race team would do in the real world, and that includes soliciting money. “I have learned it is not easy to fundraise when you are 17 and not that cute anymore,” Kelly said with a laugh. Her point is well taken. She is not a little girl selling cookies in front of a grocery store trying to collect a few dollars. Taking on the role of “team manager” for the Perspective team representing the School District of Manatee County, one of Kelly’s responsibilities has been to knock on the door of businesses to seek financial support. Her seven-person team (only six can participate in an event) has a budget of $9,200 to attend the F1 in Schools U.S. Nationals in Austin, Texas, on June 14-16. If Perspective finishes first or second at the U.S. Nationals, it will need to raise approximately $55,000 to attend the F1 in Schools World Finals on July 18-19 in Singapore. Anyone wishing to help, can go to mefinfo.org/perspective. “Coming into it, we all were looking for a new challenge,” said the 17-year-old Kelly, who will be a senior at Braden River High next semester. “We knew each other from TSA (Technology Student Association), and we wanted to use our skills in a new educational experience.” She didn’t consider being a

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Palmetto High teacher Brian Kendzior said his Perspective team is made up of the most talented School District of Manatee County students he has advised.

salesperson one of her skills, but ended up, at least partially, in that role after being assigned as team manager by Perspective adviser Brian Kendzior, a Palmetto High teacher whose previous teams have had success at both the national and world levels. Kendzior, who led the Union of Massachusetts team (they flew to Manatee County several times just to work with Kendzior) to a World Finals championship in 2015, said Kelly is doing what has been needed. “She is cracking the whip,” he said. Kendzior became interested in F1 in Schools when his daughter, Merritt, competed on School District of Manatee teams that went to the World Finals in 2013 (Southeast and Lakewood Ranch students) and 2014 (Southeast and Braden River students). “When I went to the World Finals, I was impressed how everything was handled by industry personnel,” he said. “They really will critique you.” He emphasized the competition is not just a race. Teams are judged by a verbal presentation about their team, on two 10-page portfolios on engineering and enterprise, on their pit display, their engineering and design, and of course, their speed. Kendzior explained the goal is cover the 20-meter track in under a second. The design and manufacturing of their cars (they race two cars at an event and also build two test cars) is key to the pursuit. Fortunately, Perspective has a roster

Cassandra Atzrodt, Ahmad Ibsais and Alana Kelly stand behind Alex Kumar and Vinh Dong a week before their bid at a national Formula 1 in Schools title in Austin, Texas. Not pictured are their teammates Justin Schwartz and Jaxson Bunes.

full of talent when it comes to engineering. Leading the way is Vinh Dong, an 18-year-old who graduated from Braden River High in May. Dong is the defending national TSA champion in the “Flight” division. He is defending his title June 22-26 in Atlanta. Other key players in the engineering of the car were Lakewood Ranch’s Alex Kumar, a 17-yearold Southeast High student, and Jaxson Bunes, an 18-year-old Palmetto High graduate who served as the design engineer. “We did a lot of research, such as looking at the Bloodhound SSC (an engineering attempt to build the world’s fastest car),” Kumar said. “We looked at a lot of engineering stuff. This competition puts you through real world applications.” The cars are designed using 3D computer-aided programs. Kendzior said the designs were tested using a virtual wind tunnel. The cars were milled at Palmetto High School. He said the cars were basically made of 90% high density foam. Building the car can’t be accomplished without raising the money. Ahmad Ibsais, a 17-year-old Barrington Ridge resident who will be a senior next semester at Braden River High, serves as the resource manager. “Every component needs to be put into the budget and then we have to meet the budget,” he said. “I don’t mind engaging with the community, though. We are improving our business skills and our interpersonal skills.” Rye Wilderness resident Cassandra Atzrodt, who will be a senior at Southeast, works as the marketing director. Justin Schwartz, a Braden River graduate, is the graphic designer. “Some of us have competed together in TSA,” said Atzrodt, who also was a Nolan student. “But none of those came close to F1. This is a more accurate taste of the real world. For me, I’ve never had the opportunity to work on the business end of a project.” Seeing the students gain skills has made it worthwhile for Kendzior. The team started working on the project last August. “It’s hard to get six individuals with the same passion and drive to get this done,” he said. Kelly knows she has learned a lot, outside her comfort zone. “You need to have the right outlook,” Kelly said. “You can do it. “And I think we will do phenomenally well,” she said.

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“With a little hard work, you can do anything. Don’t be afraid.”

as this happened to you? Years ago, I was at home chewing up a Tums ... hey, you don’t do this job without a little acid indigestion ... when a sliver of the tablet broke off and went down the wrong pipe. How that happens, in medical terms, I really don’t know. I do know I couldn’t breathe. I panicked. I mean full-out, crazy-person, roll-around-thefloor panic. I was just about unconscious when the darned thing slipped out, I guess, and my windpipe was again functioning as usual. Meanwhile, my girlfriend at the time never moved an inch. She just had a “what the heck?” stare and probably would have stood right there and watched me expire. The lesson in all this, hopefully, is not to chew your food better, even if it applies, but to be prepared in case you encounter some kind of medical emergency. I’m not saying you have to be Dr. Kildare, but at least be ready to do something, whether that means someone choking, bleeding or having a cardiac arrest. Braden Woods’ Shelby Graves has taken all this one step farther. Graves, a 2013 Braden River High School graduate, was attending the University of Central Florida on Sept. 22, 2015, when the news hit that a fellow student, 18-year-old Michael Namey, had died from a cardiac event during a class in the College of Health and Public Affairs building on campus. In this case, other students in the class were ready to do something, and had secured the proper training, only they had no idea where to find an automated external defibrillator (AED), which in layman’s terms uses

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Braden River High graduate Shelby Graves has made a difference at the University of Central Florida in educating the public on safety issues.

electricity to stop an arrhythmia and allow the heart to re-establish its rhythm. Later examinations found that use of an AED might have saved Namey. Worse yet, an AED was available on another floor of the building, but

nobody knew where it was. Graves, who since has graduated, found all this heartbreaking. She set out on a campaign to make changes. Teaming with student Manny Orozco Ballestas, who had per-

formed CPR on Namey, Graves started a campaign to make sure the students knew where the AEDs were located in every building on campus. “We wanted to make sure we had enough AEDs and, instead of playing the blame game, we wanted to come up with solutions,” said the 23-year-old Graves, who earned her degree from UCF in 2017. In 2016, Graves continued her campaign on her own as she started her senior year. She started a petition drive, went to the Board of Trustees and met with John Schell, executive chief of staff of the University of Central Florida. Schell told her he would love to help. “We wanted the location of AEDs included in every student syllabus that would be reviewed the first week of school,” Graves said. “We wanted the location to be included in fire escape plans and we wanted AED dots added to every map located at a building’s entrance.” Graves, the daughter of Braden Woods’ John and Debbie Graves, and Schell formed a task force and met once a semester. Change came slowly, but it came. All the buildings at UCF have AEDs and floor plans with the location of AEDs hang from the walls of every building. Signage has been added to major university buildings to bring awareness to the fact the AEDs are available if needed. The university paid all costs.

Students can now add an app — PULSE — that will inform them of the location of an AED if needed. Anyone who has the app will be pinged if there is an emergency in the area. Safety pamphlets are now available at the door of every classroom. Although Graves graduated in May of 2017, she has continued working with the university to make positive changes concerning AED awareness. Graves, who was captain of the swim team and senior class president at Braden River High, is living in Orlando and working as a design center coordinator for Adventist Health Systems. Her work with the task force at UCF is complete. “We have properly equipped UCF and its students to the best of our abilities with knowledge,” she said. “Anyone, in any sort of building, for your own safety and everyone’s safety, should know were the fire extinguisher and the AEDs are located. Everyone should take a CPR session.” So what did all this prove to Graves? “With a little hard work, you can do anything,” she said. “Don’t be afraid.”

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Lakewood Ranch baseball graduate Pablo Garabitos, a left-handed pitcher committed to the University of South Florida, was drafted June 6 by the Milwaukee Brewers organization in the 25th round (755th overall) of the 2018 MLB Draft.

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Lakewood Ranch softball player Avery Goelz finished second June 6 in the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 8A Player of the Year voting.

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The Out-of-Door Academy graduate Desmond Lindsay had a triple, a walk and an RBI in the Class AA St. Lucie Mets’ 6-2 win June 4 against the host Tampa Tarpons.

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It had to be a surprising move to Braden River High School girls basketball fans. Their Pirates had finally assembled a wealth of talent and last season had won the program’s first district title with an 89-58 victory over Sarasota High. Their third-year coach, Kristen Fulmer, had led the team to a 20-7 record which signaled a turnaround for the program. Considering the youth on their roster, the Pirates had a bright future. And then Fulmer, who was not a teacher, resigned April 3 to concentrate on her career. Two months later, it appears Braden River won’t skip a beat. Stephanie Smith, a former assistant coach and director of operations at Northern Illinois University, was hired May 28. A four-year player at Northern Illinois (graduating in 2004), Smith worked her way up through the coaching ranks in Illinois after her college graduation. She worked six years as a high school coach, including two years as the head coach of Burlington Central High, where she was 28-28. In 2011, she became an NIU graduate assistant and held that job until she was promoted to director of basketball operations in 2013. In 2015, she was promoted again, this time to assistant coach of the Huskies. Smith also has experience coaching AAU basketball, including stints with the Illinois Wolverines and Team USA in Elgin.

It was her experience with high school and college basketball programs that intrigued Pirates athletic director Matt Nesser. Included in her high school coaching experience, she had helped send her players to Division I college programs such as Notre Dame, Ball State, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. Smith said she takes that part of the coaching job seriously, making sure her athletes are prepared for all facets of college life, not just basketball. Too often, Smith said, athletes commit to a college that isn’t right for them, either in terms of style of play or academics. That’s why she said the transfer rate in women’s college basketball has risen from 7.6% of players in 2004 to 10% of players in 2016, according to NCAA figures. Smith said she will make sure her players get where they need to be at the next level. “She’s going to build character on and off the court,” Nesser said of Smith. “All athletes put down the ball someday. They need to be ready for that. “Her experience in both (high school and college), and success in both, made her the best fit for the job,” Nesser said. With the Pirates’ wealth of talent, Smith’s skills preparing her athletes for the next level will be tested immediately. Next semester, sophomores O’Mariah Gordon and Cheyenne Stubbs and junior Julia Rodriguez have the potential to play in college, with Gordon among the topranked players in the nation. Smith knows the talent she’s inheriting, and is determined to take the Pirates farther than they have ever been. “They need someone to put it all together,” Smith said. “Someone who is going to make them

Left: Braden River guard O’Mariah Gordon said she’s excited to begin working with new coach Stephanie Smith. Above: Stephanie Smith is the new coach of the Braden River girls basketball team.

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better and not just settle.” Smith talked to the team in May via Skype, and will move to the area in July from Illinois. When she arrives, she plans to start team activities promptly. Despite Florida High School Athletic Association rules stating players can transfer to the school of their choice, Gordon said none of the players are going anywhere else. She was impressed during the Skype session with Smith, and quickly figured out the new head coach was all about “work, work, work.” That’s good, Gordon said, because it will push her and her teammates to be their best. Gordon said she believes Smith will boost the confidence of the players as well. Gordon said her goal is to increase her assist numbers next season. She said Smith’s style of play will help that occur. She averaged 6.4 per game in 20172018. “She’s going to be a really good coach for us,” Gordon said. “She’s going to love us but be real with us.” Smith said she coaches a “runand-gun, in-your-face” style. Braden River is going to be fun to watch, Smith said, and is going to play with heart. She also wants to build a program for the long run. “I want us to win big in the next three years,” Smith said. “I think that’s a realistic goal. But I don’t want us to just be good for three years. I want us to be good for the next 10.”


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The hits keep coming in college Falco ended her freshman year at Vanderbilt University with a good showing May 11-13 at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing 12th in the long jump (19 feet, 10.75 inches) and 16th in the triple jump (40 feet, 9.5 inches). She also finished 13th in the long jump Feb. 24-25 at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships (19 feet, 1.25 inches), and had five top-10, triple jump finishes and eight top-10 long jump finishes. Many area athletes found success on the diamond. Former Braden River softballer Myah Moy, a freshman second baseman at Rutgers University, finished her season hitting .284 with three home runs, 20 RBIs and eight stolen bases. Another former Pirate, catcher Sarah Crawford, hit .272 with two home runs and 22 RBIs during her freshman season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. A pair of former Mustangs topped everyone. Princeton University freshman Mackenzie Meyer and University of Central Florida freshman Denali Schappacher were named to the Ivy League and America

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East rookie teams, respectively. Meyer hit .326 with seven home runs (tying the team record for freshmen), 18 RBIs and 22 runs scored. Schappacher, who was named to the America East AllConference First Team, led the Knights with a .340 average with 30 runs scored, 12 RBIs and nine stolen bases from the leadoff slot in 53 games. On the tennis court, The Out-of-Door Academy graduate Maria Ross, a freshman at Boston College, spent the season as the Eagles’ No. 5 singles player and earned her first Atlantic Coast Conference win on April 15 against Georgia Tech’s Nami Otsuka, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8). The Eagles overall finished 13-11. Let’s end with perhaps my favorite stat of any area college athlete. There aren’t many area players on the collegiate gridiron yet,

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II and III levels. If I had the space to shout them all, I would. Going through the stat books has made me realize, once again, how lucky we are to witness all this athletic talent in its infancy. There’s more success to come, too. Some grads, like former Mustangs girls basketball player LaDazhia Williams, were stuck behind prolific seniors this season, and will look to have breakout campaigns in 2018-2019.

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

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Amari Pitts will be a senior next semester for the Braden River High football team. A starting defensive back last season, Pitts has received offers from the Air Force Academy and Florida A&M University this offseason.

What is your favorite memory? My first year playing tackle at age 11, with the YMCA Lakewood Ranch Colts, we won the championship game. It was just a great feeling to win a title in my first real season playing football.

When did you start playing football? At 9 years old. I started in flag football, then moved to tackle when I was 11. My dad (Deral Pitts) is a football guy, and he was a big influence on me.

What is your dream vacation? Going to Hawaii. It’s beautiful there. I like the beach.

How did it feel to get your first college offer? I was ecstatic, just so happy. I was at the Mercer University football camp in Georgia (on June 1), and I had talked to Air Force’s secondary coach (John Rudzinski) before I got there. He told me if I played great, I would get an offer from him, and I played great.

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ith Father’s Day approaching June 17, children attending summer camp at Let’s Create Art on Lakewood Main Street, were asked if they would draw a picture of their dad using colored pencils. They gathered around a table and had no trouble with the assignment. One girl sifted through the pencils. “My dad has blue eyes,” she said, eventually finding just the right shade. Twenty minutes after they started, all were finished. They couldn’t wait to show off their work. “Kids are so courageous to put it out there,” said Let’s Create Art owner Leda Francis. The young artists said it was easy, though, because they all love their dads. — JAY HEATER Emilie Roach, a 10-year-old B.D. Gullett Elementary student, says the best thing about her dad, Michael Roach, is that he has tickle fights with her.

SPORTY DAD Norah Organek, a 6-year-old Robert E. Willis Elementary student, says the thing she loves most about her dad, Steven Organek, is that he plays a lot of sports.

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Kate Toscano, a 6-year-old Robert E. Willis Elementary student, says the best thing about her father, Rich Toscano, is that he gives lots of hugs.


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ESSENTIAL OILS CLASS FOR BABIES Begins at 10 a.m. at the Women and Children’s Center at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Learn what essential oils are good for your baby at all stages, even during pregnancy. The class is free. To register and for information, visit lakewoodranchmedicalcenter. com.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT Begins at 8 a.m. at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The Manatee Seminole Club and Sarasota Seminole Club are hosting their ninth annual scholarship golf tournament benefiting the clubs’ scholarship fund. Registration is at 8 a.m., the shotgun starts at 9 a.m. and lunch, raffle and a silent auction follow the tournament. The cost to register an individual golfer is $125, for a foursome it’s $500. For information, email sarasotaseminoleclub@yahoo.com.

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BR ADENTON 4114 65th Street E Judy LaValliere 941-504-3792 A4211739 $1,100,000

PA L M E T T O 6125 1st Terrace E Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4402833 $995,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12312 Newcastle Place Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4403090 $995,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7119 Beechmont Terrace Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4213378 $865,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6939 Riversedge Street Circle Nicole Ryskamp 941-807-1766 A4403665 $825,000

BR ADENTON 8139 37th Avenue Circle W Cheryl Roberts 941-266-1450 A4404272 $625,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7516 Coventry Court Ryndie Brusco 941-809-6913 A4211618 $597,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6516 The Masters Avenue Nancy Phillips & Beth Pheney 941-400-6078 A4215265 $589,000

CORTEZ 12502 Harbour Landings Drive Patty Brooks 941-545-1194 A4206002 $549,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 6310 Watercrest Way 401 Kathy Lewis 941-228-1213 A4209147 $529,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 22627 Morning Glory Circle Chris Baylis 941-735-4713 A4400420 $525,000

U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 6633 Saint James Crossing Nancy Phillips & Beth Ann Boyer 941-400-6078 A4206303 $500,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 4776 Royal Dornoch Circle Nicole Ryskamp 941-807-1766 A4404966 $477,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 11728 Strandhill Court Timothy Carney 941-993-5025 A4403119 $439,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 9722 53rd Drive E Sue Cosgrove-Lee 941-400-9068 A4402451 $437,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 16926 Winthrop Place Diane Fogo Harter 941-445-2431 A4404991 $429,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12205 Thornhill Court Autumn Moore 941-320-5823 A4400896 $425,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7739 Us Open Loop Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4211947 $424,000

S A R A S O TA 1370 Myakka Road Lee Byron and Sue Keal 941-350-5542 A4208480 $397,777

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 10408 Palmbrooke Terrace Noel Morton 941-348-9129 A4404974 $381,500

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7325 Wexford Court Cheryl Roberts 941-266-1450 A4212155 $375,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 9006 59th Avenue Circle E Jane Ebury 941-726-9360 A4403479 $369,900

PA R R I S H 8812 30th Street E Kathy Valente 941-685-6767 A4214602 $349,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 15356 Blue Fish Circle Terri Thacker 941-376-1955 A4404054 $325,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 8220 Miramar Way Laura Naese 941-350-3657 A4207927 $312,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 13510 Glossy Ibis Place Chandrakant Shah 941-448-3731 A4403494 $300,000

PA L M E T T O 6505 67th Drive E Leah Secondo 941-545-4430 A4403361 $239,900

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7115 Teal Creek Glen Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4181890 $1,999,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12519 Highfield Circle Tina Ciaccio 941-685-8420 A4192985 $1,599,000

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COUNTRY CLUB VILLAGE

Stephen and Samantha Slade, of Bradenton, sold their home at 13219 Palmers Creek Terrace to Faith Peterson, trustee, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.1 million. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,731 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.58 million in 2007. Robert and Theresa Sharak, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7106 Beechmont Terrace to Janusz and Michelle Kowalczyk, of Lakewood Ranch, for $590,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and is 2,870 square feet. Naomi Kuntz, of Doylestown, Pa., sold her home at 6938 Brier Creek Court to Carlos Cano Martinez and Adriana Sanchez Lopez, of Lakewood Ranch, for $575,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and is 3,423 square feet. Van and Linda Johnson, of Bigfork, Mont., sold their home at 12314 Thornhill Court to Jeffrey and Elizabeth Branch, of Bradenton, for $549,000. Built in 2008, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,456 square feet of living area. UNIVERSITY PARK

Anthony and Joyce Flakus sold their home at 7918 Sloane Gardens Court to Michael and Vivian Chester, of Longboat Key, for $967,500. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,977 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,511,000 in 2007. Albert and Evelyn Baron, of Atlanta, sold their home at 7523 Eaton Court to Claudio Latanza and Roberta Batazzi, of University Park, for $600,000. Built in 1994, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,882 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $580,000 in 2014. John and Teresa Phillips, of University Park, sold their home at 7005 Stanhope Place to JLL Management LLC for $575,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,846 square feet of living area. PRESERVE AT PANTHER RIDGE

Timothy and Denise Huelsman, of Bradenton, sold their home at 22643 Morning Glory Circle to Paul and Lisa Farnham, of Bradenton, for $749,000. Built

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George and Susan Tyson, of Sarasota, sold their home at 21808 Deer Pointe Crossing to Robert and Wendy Shusko, of Bradenton, for $610,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,600 square feet of living area. It sold for $560,000 in 2017. RIVER CLUB SOUTH

Michael and Deborah Towe, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7504 Coventry Court to Robert and Benita Piper, of Sarasota, for $598,900. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and is 3,886 square feet. HERITAGE HARBOUR

Gerald Wilson and Gardell Wilson, trustees, of Ontario, Canada, sold the home at 7305 Heritage Grand Place to John and Donna Boesl, of Pasadena, Md., for $579,900. Built in 2011, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and is 2,781 square feet. It sold for $450,000 in 2011. Radek Svoboda, of Bradenton, sold the home at 8102 River Preserve Drive to Isaac and Holly Ann Powell, of Bradenton, for $485,000. Built in 2009, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,651 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $409,000 in 2009. Peter and Rochelle Morris, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 116 Winding River Trail to Robert Agonis, of Bradenton, for $330,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,840 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $305,000 in 2007.

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Judith O’Beirn, of Ontario, Canada, sold her home at 11505 Belvedere Terrace to Shirley Unger, of Indian Shores, for $349,000. Built in 2013, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 1,937 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $317,400 in 2013.

Kelli and Everett Sanborn, of Bradenton, sold their home at 11103 Encanto Terrace to Amy and Roger Campernel, of Bradenton, for $279,000. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,877 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $211,500 in 2013.

David and Stacey Prater, of Bradenton, sold their home at 4650 Claremont Park Drive to Catherine and Michael Coonfield, of Bradenton, for $328,000. Built in 2014, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,148 square feet of living area. It sold for $323,400 in 2014.

Steven Cullen, of St. Petersburg, sold his home at 4922 Boston Common Glen to Fernando Cambero and Lucia Rivera, of Bradenton, for $275,000. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,495 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $264,000 in 2016.

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William and Karen Soscia, of Bradenton, sold their home at 6113 Ninth Ave. Circle N.E., to Kimberly Krupa, of Bradenton, for $570,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 3,698 square feet of living area.

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Jeffrey and Melissa Signor, of Bradenton, sold their home at 12835 Daisy Place to Joseph Gula, of Bradenton, for $520,000. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,872 square feet of living area. It sold for $560,000 in 2015.

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Tony and Sarah Ragle, of Bradenton, sold their home at 14720 Fourth Drive N.E., to Michael and Theresa McNab, of Bradenton, for $485,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,936 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $485,000 in 2016.

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7031 Portmarnock Place A4212869 $4,500,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12519 Highfield Circle A4192985 $1,599,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 12436 Highfield Circle A4207535 $1,325,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 7119 Beechmont Terrace A4213378 $865,000

CENTRAL PARK

Sharon Valko and Brenda Molitor, of Bradenton, sold their home at 4711 Balboa Park Loop to Tammy Harrison, trustee, of Bradenton, for $480,000. Built in 2015, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,702 square feet of living area. It sold for $453,800 in 2015.

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home in University Park topped all transactions in this week’s real estate. Goalwin Investments Ltd. sold the home at 7332 Chelsea Court to William and Betsy Henning, of University Park, for $1.45 million. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,783 square feet of living area.

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Congratulations Class of 2018 Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Hannah Arendt Victoria Arias Sydney Ashley Baylee Barker Jack Berry Sophie Bilik Fred Billy Baera Bischoff Braxton Blalock Nicole Breiter Chase Brown Sydney Brown Hayes Chatham Chance Cook Demetrius Davis Dylan Doyle Ryan Doyle Petra Drágár

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2018 Class Highlights: • Graduates were awarded more than $8.5-million in merit aid and an additional $1.1-million in Bright Futures awards • Three grads were awarded their university’s top academic scholarship, funding full tuition plus research and/or study abroad programs • Three grads were named National Merit Scholars • Nine grads accepted the offer for Honors College/Leadership Programs within their university • 85% of the students who identified a first-choice college were accepted to that college • Twelve student-athletes will continue to compete at the collegiate level in football, softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and rowing Our 2018 graduates were accepted/will attend: Albion * Alabama * American * Auburn * Bard * Barry * Bates * Baylor * Belmont * Berry * Boston College * Boston University * Cal-Berkeley * Cal-Irvine * Cal-San Diego * Cal-Santa Barbara * Cal-Santa Cruz * Case Western Reserve * Central Florida * Chapman * Charleston Southern * Chatham * Citadel * Clemson * Coastal Carolina * College of Charleston * Colorado * Dartmouth * Davidson * Delaware * DePaul * Drury * East Tennessee State * Eckerd * Elon * Emory * Flagler * Flathead Valley * Florida * Florida Atlantic * Florida Gulf Coast * Florida Institute of Technology * Florida Polytechnic * Florida Southern * Florida State * Fordham * Furman * Gardner-Webb * George Washington * Georgia * Georgia Tech * Georgia Southern * Illinois * Ithaca * James Madison * Johns Hopkins * Kentucky * Lafayette * Lehigh * Longwood * Loyola Marymount * Loyola Chicago * Loyola-Maryland * Miami * Miami-Ohio * Middle Tennessee State * Mississippi * Monmouth * North Carolina * Northeastern * North Florida * Notre Dame * Nova Southeastern * Oxford College of Emory * Penn State * Pittsburgh * Purdue * Radford * Rhodes * Rice * Richmond * Ringling * Roanoke * Rochester * Rollins * Saint Leo * San Francisco * Savannah College of Art & Design * Seton Hall * Sewanee * SMU * South Carolina * Southern Cal * South Florida * St. John’s * SCF * Stetson * Suffolk * Sydney-Aus. * Syracuse * Tampa * TCU * UCLA * Valdosta State * Vanderbilt * Vermont * Virginia * Virginia Tech * Wake Forest * Washington & Lee * Western Michigan *

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LAUREL OAK ESTATES 1989 Tom Morris Drive $949,900 Linda Dooley & Dwight Dooley 941.400.7359

COUNTRY CLUB EAST 16523 Berwick Terrace $719,000 Laura Stavola 941.447.4875

OAKFORD 1102 Palm View Road $519,900 Mike Warm 941.525.2740

LONGWOOD VILLAS 5255 Tivoli Avenue $357,000 Scott George & Albert Joerger 941.914.2041

FOUNDERS CLUB 4047 Mayors Court $1,295,000 Cor Donovan 941.232.5672

LAKEWOOD RANCH 13523 Blythefield Terrace $949,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

COUNTRY CLUB EAST 7520 Windy Hill Cove $685,000 Sandy Gillette & Thomas Netzel 941.504.0170

ESPLANADE 13103 Palermo Drive $439,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

HONORE CROSSING 5221 Levi Lane $355,000 Kere Lewis 941.685.3270

LAKEWOOD RANCH 6809 Belmont Court $1,497,500 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

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SARASOTA 7005 Dominion Lane $1,100,000 Gloria Bracciano & Greg Van Natter 941.730.1999

COUNTRY CLUB EAST 7028 Beechmont Terrace $799,000 Linda Apple 941.586.0553

PRESTANCIA 4175 Escondito Circle $799,000 Joel Schemmel & Sharon Chiodi 941.587.4894

RIVER CLUB 10509 Firestone Drive $685,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

BRIDGEWATER 13019 Belknap Place $435,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

SARASOTA 5396 Cork Oak Street $354,900 Candria Crisp 941.726.5822

PRESTANCIA 7742 Club Lane $629,000 Joel Schemmel & Sharon Chiodi 941.809.0380

ARBOR LAKE ESTATES 6316 Westward Place $425,000 Liz Snyder 727.424.6444

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SARASOTA 5340 Hunt Club Way $1,399,000 Vittoria Rutigliano 941.962.5867

THE LAKE CLUB 8388 Catamaran Circle $1,800,000 Linda Apple 941.586.0553

COUNTRY CLUB EAST 7510 Royal Valley Court $1,345,000 Stacy Haas-Goodwin 941.587.4359

SERENOA LAKES 7473 Roebelenii Court $1,063,000 Robert Sherman 941.313.1301

BOCA ROYALE 1509 Raphis Royale Boulevard $779,900 Bob Linthicum 941.228.9206

SARASOTA 10130 Ruffled Fern Lane $997,500 Brian Wood 941.928.8408

LAKEWOOD RANCH 7936 Treesdale Glen $775,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

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THE MOORINGS AT EDGEWATER

6520 The Masters Avenue $589,000 Gloria Bracciano & Greg Van Natter 941.730.1999

6523 Moorings Point Circle #202 $540,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

SARASOTA 4177 Entrada Court $389,000 Carmen Baskind & Marty Warren 941.724.1854

CONCESSION 19440 Ganton Avenue $320,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

LAKEWOOD RANCH 7470 Edenmore Street $368,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

LAKEWOOD RANCH 12618 Rockrose Glen $310,000 Angie Walters 941.404.0087

SARASOTA - EAST | 941.260.8875 SARASOTA - DOWNTOWN | 941.364.4000 ST. ARMANDS | 941.383.2500 VENICE | 941.412.3323

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LAKEWOOD RANCH 13206 Palmers Creek Terrace $1,599,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

266 Bangsberg Road SE $2,999,999 Melissa Caldwell & Courtney Green 941.266.8829

THE LAKE CLUB 16027 Topsail Terrace $1,995,000 Jim Soda & Donna Soda 941.961.5857

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