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EXPECTATIONS

Town Hall Director of Finance Steve Zielinski will serve as the IDA’s interim executive director until the entity hires a replacement for Bob Fernandez, who resigned last week.

+ Gullett brings characters to life

Some of the most famous characters in children’s literature sprung to life during Gullett Elementary School’s Celebrate Literacy Week. Several students dressed as their favorite character during the celebration. Above: Samantha Malcolm as Pinkalicious, Devin Riggs as Cinderella, Laura Swartzendruber as Jasmine, Cristina Chambers as Spongebob, and Jack Lynch as Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Lakewood Ranch residents Bruce and Martha Kleinberg enjoyed the campfire.

+ Temple enjoys havdalah campfire

Many East County residents were among the 111 Temple Emanu-El members who enjoyed a special havdalah around a campfire Jan. 29. Attendees feasted on a homemade barbecue dinner, roasted marshmallows for S’mores and watched a family film on an outdoor movie screen. INDEX Business Directory................12B Classifieds..............................12B Cops Corner............................5A Crossword.............................11B Neighborhood.........................1B Real Estate...........................10B Sports....................................15A Vol. 12, No. 5 Two sections www.YourObserver.com

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The Florida Department of Transportation plans to give Manatee County just more than $1 million to launch public bus service to Lakewood Ranch. But who would use it? And how does public transportation fit within Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s future plans? LAKEWOOD RANCH —  As Ruth Russo steps off the Sarasota County Area Transit bus at Cattlemen Road and University Parkway, she and fellow rider Roberto Vasquez take their first steps toward their work destinations in Lakewood Ranch. Rain or shine, the two make the more than one-mile trek every workday —  Russo to FCCI and Vasquez to a restaurant on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. “I pay attention to the weather reports,” Russo says, noting in the summer she keeps an umbrella on hand to combat both the sun and rain. “(Without the bus), you’d have to rely on other people, but that’s not really reliable. You try to carpool, but it’s hard (if people aren’t traveling to the same place or something comes up).” Fortunately, Russo’s and

Vasquez’s transportation dilemma may get easier. The Florida Department of Transportation announced recently it would designate more than $1 million in fiscal year 2015 to help Manatee County start bus service to the Lakewood Ranch and University Park areas. County officials learned of the decision during a Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting Jan. 24. “I’m just so pleased with the progress we are making in the area, and I see (transit) as a big asset to the entire county,” said Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes, who has lobbied for public transit in the East County for the last five years. “We should have had it three years ago when (the economy) was declining. It’s unfortunate

we have to wait another three years, but (I understand it’s a process).” Manatee County will have to match a FDOT Transit Service Development Grant of $1.09 million in operational dollars over a three-year period once funding becomes available. Manatee County Area Transit Manager Ralf Heseler said the county has been applying to the state for a service develop-

LAKEWOOD RANCH —  Members of the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority board have tapped a top Town Hall manager as the entity’s interim executive director and have decided to hire an outside search firm to assist in hiring a permanent replacement. During a meeting Jan. 27, members of the IDA appointed Director of Finance Steve Zielinski as Town Hall’s interim executive director, effective Jan. 31. Town Hall’s current Executive Director Bob Fernandez announced his resignation Jan. 18 and will work alongside Zielinksi during the next few weeks to better prepare for the transition. Fernandez’ last day is Feb. 18. “I think from the day-today standpoint, we can get through the next few months without a whole lot of disruption,” IDA Chairman Tom Green said. Fernandez agreed, noting Town Hall directors and staff members are equipped to handle day-to-day operations in his absence. “I feel more confident now than ever (about that),” he said. “I have every reason to believe the show will go on smoothly.” Additionally, board members agreed to hire a search firm to handle advertising the job posting and the initial resume review process to help ensure objectivity and

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29,000 — Average number of passenger trips monthly on trolley service to barrier islands 95,000 — Average number of passenger trips monthly for fixed-route service $8 million — Annual cost to operate MCAT

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fairness. Green said the roughly $20,000 cost for the service is covered in the budget. The board will reconvene at 1 p.m., Feb. 7, to review proposals from prospective search firms and to hear from representatives of those companies. Although it has been about four years since Fernandez joined the IDA and began leading the community through the transition from developer-controlled to resident-controlled, Fernandez said the IDA should not “water down” its original job description. The next executive director still will need to develop policies and procedures for managing the community as it continues its transition. In response to supervisors’ inquiries, Fernandez said “must haves” for the applicant include local government experience in Florida because of its unique Sunshine and public record laws, strong negotiating skills, the ability to manage multiple boards’ priorities well and a

“backbone” to carry out the board’s policies, among other attributes. He also is recommending candidates have at least 10 years of chief executive experience. “My county experience has served me well in this job,” Fernandez said, noting his Community Association Manager license also proved helpful. “It’s a very complex situation (here).” In Lakewood Ranch, the community manager will have to work to balance the priorities of four community development district boards, as well as the IDA’s, along with dealing with the community’s various homeowner’s associations and other entities. “The most important thing is an intangible thing,” Fernandez said. “You are going to have to (figure out) which person is the best fit for you.” Green said the hiring process would take at least six to eight weeks. Zielinski will receive a 10% increase in pay while serving in his interim post. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@ yourobserver.com.

Lakewood Ranch Main Street comes to life in a celebration of the Gulf Coast’s cultural assets with a grand Ovation. Come enjoy more than 15 groups performing in a celebration of the arts on two simultaneous stages. Browse the many booths, shops and boutiques or stop to reenergize at one of the many restaurants. To quench the thirst, the Polo Grill has created a special Encore Cocktail.

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Town Hall Executive Director Bob Fernandez, back left, shared with members of the InterDisrict Authority board about his experience in his post during a meeting Jan. 27.


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 This lion greets habitat visitors from the front gate.

Peaceable Kingdom Lions, tigers and bears —oh my? How about adding ligers, chimps, tortoises, camels and lemurs? The East County’s Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is home to some of the world’s most fascinating creatures. Born out of owner Kay Rosaire’s deep love for animals, the sanctuary is a non-profit haven for big cats, bears

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and other animals in need. And for the next four weekends, the sanctuary will be hosting its annual Animal Extravaganza fundraiser. Demonstrations will be at 6 p.m., Fridays, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays, through Feb. 27, at the sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Road, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.BigCatHabitat.org.

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 A staff of dedicated habitat employees helps keep all the facilities clean and in working order.

 Chance the chimp will turn 2 years old Feb. 23.

 Following in his mother’s footsteps, Clayton Rosaire has taken over the traveling portion of the family business. Soon, he’ll

leave to perform in Georgia and later Cleveland, Ohio. All training is done with gentle handling, praise and treats.

 Extravaganza tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Attendees will have a chance to visit two baby lions, peruse a petting zoo and take camel and pony rides.

 Mia is one of two ligers who reside at the Big Cat Habitat.

 Habitat owner Kay Rosaire loves to snuggle with all her animals, including Gremlin, a lemur.

 Kay Rosaire says she plans to train these camels to give rides.


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CURRENT CONDITIONS In Manatee County, the two closest MCAT bus stops to Lakewood Ranch are located at the Walmart on State Road 70 and at Traveler’s Oasis, located just east of the Walmart on State Road 64, adjacent to Interstate 75. The Manatee Avenue Route, which ends at Traveler’s Oasis, transports riders from Manatee County Public Beach east along Manatee Avenue to stops at Carlton Arms, Braden River Plaza, Woodbury Apartments, the Walmart on S.R. 64 and then to its easternmost stop at Traveler’s Oasis, among others. Additionally, Heseler noted there are 47 actual stops between MCAT’s DeSoto Station, adjacent to the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office, and the State Road 70 Walmart. Travel time for that section of the route is about 30 minutes. In Sarasota County, the easternmost stop is located at University Parkway and North Cattlemen Road. The route takes riders from the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport to University Town Center before heading south and then west to The Landings shopping center near the intersec-

BUS / PAGE 1A ment grant, which provides seed money to establish new service, since about 2005. The county’s last submission in 2008 is the one being used as the basis for funding. Heseler said the county did not apply in 2009 or 2010 because county administration felt it would be difficult to find matching funding for the project in light of a shrinking budget. “The hope is that in 2015, that funding would no longer be an issue — or not as much as an issue,” he said.

THE NEED

Although the funding delay could prove beneficial from a funding standpoint, Heseler said the need for transit in the East County is immediate.

AT A GLANCE MCAT SYSTEM-WIDE ANNUAL RIDERSHIP MCAT Manager Ralf Heseler said transit programs are typically subsidized. User fees cover about 18% of costs associated with the service. FY 2010 — 1,320,169   FY 2009 — 1,255,903 FY 2008 — 1,231,000 FY 2007 — 1,134,759 FY 2006 — 1,242,165 FY 2005 — 1,188,762 FY 2004 — 1,133,760 FY 2003 — 1,073,436 FY 2002 — 892,336 FY 2001 — 742,490 * Sarasota County Area Transit ridership is estimated at more than 9,000 riders daily.

tion of Proctor Road and U.S. 41. This route also takes about an hour one-way, as shown on SCAT’s website. Only Sarasota County’s Route 15 travels sections of University Parkway during the week. There are no Manatee County routes along State Road 70 east of the Walmart, nor is there a Manatee County route along University Parkway. With several colleges in the area, including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and its future dental campus, Manatee Technical Institute, the State College of Florida and Keiser University, students need transportation to and from school and housing, as do workers and patrons of facilities such as the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, medical and office complexes and commercial nodes. “(Transit) is a service our students actually would need and also our employees here,” Keiser University Campus President Todd Pearson said. “It would be a whole lot better if the bus went a little farther. Sometimes, the climate is not where you would want it to be.” Manatee County already has 15 fixed-route buses in service

daily as well as 21 paratransit vehicles, which provide more of a “door-to-door” service to elderly or disabled residents, for example, rather than following a schedule for daily stops, Heseler said. But the need for transit services is still on the rise. With the economic downturn, MCAT saw an 8% or more increase in bus usage, compared to the typical 3-4% annual increase, Heseler said. He noted that same increase leveled off last year, likely due to an increase in unemployment and a corresponding need for bus service. But with fuel prices increasing once again, the trend may soon be back on the rise. “(Transit service is) needed now and in the future,” Heseler said, adding a growing number of residents from the East County have been inquiring about transit in the area since he joined the county in 2002. “That demand is growing. Some years ago, the density and population may not have been enough to warrant (the FDOT grant). But we feel now is the right time to (start). “You want to grow transit with the community,” he said. “If the county had the money today, we would probably be starting the (transit) service within the next several months.” The 2008 grant proposal MCAT submitted to the state estimated ridership at 273 people daily in the first year, 390 daily in the second year and 468 daily in the third year, bringing total ridership to 142,740 annually by the grant’s end. The proposal suggests three buses running at 13 service hours daily for 39 round trips per day. Heseler said those numbers were generated from the latest Transit Development Plan completed by a transit industry consulting firm for the county and are based on estimates that the county’s four main corridors — U.S. 41, State Road 64, State Road 70 and U.S. 301 — will continue to show significant population density with rapid business increases and major developments along the I-75 corridor by 2030. Lakewood Ranch is expected

Potential Routes Over the years, MCAT officials have reviewed several potential bus routes in the East County, but Heseler said three preliminary scenarios have been developed based on funding. As per those scenarios, the bus routes likely would start at DeSoto Station by Manatee County Sherriff ’s Office, and head east along State Road 70. Scenario No. 1 would take the bus south on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and toward University Parkway to connect at Benderson Development’s University Town Center Project, where the Super Target is located, and connect with Sarasota County transit for a regional connection. A second option would be to take S.R. 70 east to Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and head north to

S.R. 64 and connect to a bus stop roughly at S.R. 64 and Interstate 75. For the third scenario, the county would run both those routes at the same time. “It depends on how much money would be available and whatever the board (of county commissioners) would decide,” Heseler said. “We would be reaching out to the community and asking what route would (it) have (us do). We think it’s appropriate to reach out to the community and get their input. They may know something we don’t know. We like to partner everyone with us.” Buses likely would visit stops at a frequency of once per hour, or possibly once every 30 minutes if funding permits, Heseler said.

WOES & PROS • Bus riders said negatives to taking public transit to and from work or other locations include hiking long distances from or to bus stops, inclement weather and extended travel times. • FCCI employee Ruth Russo said when she lived in Palmetto, it sometimes took her two hours to get to work. • Route schedules do not always accommodate individuals who work in the evening or must handle an errand after work, riders said. • On a positive note, riders said taking the bus is much more cost effective than driving to work, particularly if traveling long distances. • Keiser University employee John Connelly, who took Sarasota Area Transit to work from 2003 to 2007, said for individuals without vehicles, public transportation is more reliable than coordinating rides with friends and co-workers and also offers riders time to study or prepare for work as they travel. to have up to 8,000 more homes and 3.6 million more square feet of commercial/office space and hotel/recreation developments in the next 10 years, he said.

THE FUTURE

Rex Jensen, president and CEO of Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, said introducing public transit “makes a deal of sense,” and he would have engineers look into incorporating bus turnouts in strategic areas as the company prepares to widen Lakewood Ranch Boulevard north of S.R. 70. “We have a lot of stuff out here,” Jensen said. “The world generally doesn’t think of anything this side of U.S. 41. There’s as much development and as many jobs here as in other places in the community.” Jensen also said FDOT’s announcement gives him more confidence in moving forward with more urban development forms slated for the Ranch north of S.R. 70, and public transit also could be a valuable asset if Lakewood Ranch develops an entertainment district there, as planned. “That could be facilitated with this,” he said. “It’s a process we’re going to have to let unfold. We will have to look at things we might be able to do. Now that Donna (Hayes) and others have been successful in getting it this far, we kind of owe it to them to work with them to see how to make (it work).” Michael Howe, executive director for the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization said the MPO has had public transit for the Lakewood Ranch area on its master plan since 2000. “This is good news — great news — and I think (it’s) very much needed for that community out there to at least experiment with a transit service to service the hospitals, the schools and all of the businesses, (as well as) residents,” he said. “If you put the stops at the appropriate locations it will be utilized.” Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.


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COPS The following information was gathered from incident and arrest reports obtained from the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office.

the pool patio door. The suspects fled for an unknown reason but left two bicycles behind.

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7:30 a.m. — 7700 block of 37th St. E. Burglary to unoccupied residence. The victim left her residence at 7:30 a.m., and, upon returning the same day at 5 p.m., she discovered her front door had been forced open. The victim noticed several pieces of costume jewelry were missing. A deputy obtained one print card.

7 p.m. — 500 block of 66th Street Court East (Citgo). Armed robbery. An unidentified male in a gray hooded sweater, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a black ski mask over his face entered the location through the north entrance. The suspect demanded all the money in the register. He had a dark-colored shirt over his arm and was holding his arm as if he had a gun. The victim emptied currency into a plastic bag and handed it to the suspect. The suspect fled out the south entrance, possibly getting into an older white, fourdoor vehicle and headed westbound on State Road 64. About $300 was taken.

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7:30 p.m. — 6400 Golden Leaf Court. Burglary to an unoccupied dwelling. Unknown persons entered the victim’s residence by ripping the screen to a rear patio door and unlocking that door and then breaking the rear sliding glass door. Once inside, the subject(s) took a 52-inch flat screen television and a laptop computer. The subject(s) exited through the front door. Total value of the property taken is estimated at $2,600.

Jan. 26

7:15 a.m. —  3100 block of University Parkway (Walgreens). Petit theft. An unknown white male entered the store and proceeded to the jewelry department. Upon arrival, the suspect noticed there was no one on duty at this station and proceeded to walk behind the counter. He opened several drawers and took six keys that open the jewelry case plus other showcases in the store. The suspect then fled the scene through the front door and rode off in a red two-door convertible that picked him up in the parking lot. 1:50 p.m. —  2900 block of 53rd Ave. E. Petit theft/shoplifting. The suspect concealed merchandise and passed the final point of sale at Walmart without paying.

PARRISH Jan. 26

10 p.m. —  12000 block of U.S. 301 North. Burglary to a structure. Unknown person(s) entered the business by prying a board off a broken window in the rear of the building. Person(s) entered through the window and ransacked the business, stealing items.

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8:30 a.m. —  3100 block of 34th Ave. Dr. E. Residential burglary. At least two unknown suspects LBK2010 H went inside the fenced yard and cut or pushed out the screens on

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INBRIEF + Ranch launches naming contest

Officials of Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch are hosting a contest to name and design a logo for the 22-field sports complex it is constructing adjacent to the Lakewood Ranch Post Office. From now until to March 1, SMR will be accepting submissions for both the facility’s name and its logo, which will be used on all signage and marketing efforts. The contest is open to professionals, amateurs and students nationwide. Entries will be judge by a committee of SMR employees. Winners will be announced at a press conference in March, and each will be awarded cash prizes — a $2,000 Visa gift card to the logo winner and a $1,000 Visa gift card to the name winner. Entries for a logo design for

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the complex or a name for it should be submitted to lwrpress@ lakewoodranch.com or mailed in to Marketing at 14400 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, 34202. Submissions will not be returned, and acceptance of a prize constitutes a sale of all rights of ownership and use in the winning name and/or logo.

+ County denies Palm-Aire tower

A Manatee County hearing officer has sided with more than 1,000 residents in their fight against a proposed telecommunications tower in Palm-Aire. County Hearing officer Hamilton “Chip” Rice Jr., on Jan. 27 issued his formal denial of Vertex Development’s special permit application to construct a 150foot telecommunications tower on Palm-Aire golf course property. “The applicant has failed to establish by convincing, competent, substantial evidence that it cannot reasonably provide telecommunica-

tion service to the residential zone from outside the zone …” Rice wrote. Palm-Aire resident Deborah Chapman founded the Palm-Aire Homeowners Against the Tower, which had collected more than 1,000 signatures in a petition against the tower. “We are obviously thrilled with the denial and relieved that the magistrate agreed with our arguments, respected the county’s recommendation and, most importantly, applied the new land development code judiciously to this case,” she said. Chapman also believes Rice’s opinion will make it difficult for Vertex to challenge the hearing officer’s order, especially after a U.S. district judge sided with the county in a dispute over a tower proposed in River Club. In that decision, Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich said factors such as aesthetics and character, property value and other concerns can be used as a basis for denial.

+ Girls Inc. kicks off new society More than 70 people attended an event for the Growing Great Girls Circle, a new membership society of Girls Inc., Jan. 23. The goals of the new Growing Great Girls Circle are to provide sustained annual support to Girls Inc., and to provide members with opportunities to interact with the girls, social events with other

donors, personal communications from staff and board members and more. Growing Great Girls Circle members have donated at least $1,000 annually to the organization. For information, contact Sue Seiter at Girls Inc., at 366-6646, Ext. 227.

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Elks enlist in Backback Club Lizardi sentenced By Pm Eubanks | News Editor

MANATEE COUNTY — Light filtered through the windows of a portable behind Freedom Elementary School as a team of volunteers sorted packages of jerky, cheese and crackers and other items and placed them into plastic bags. Once finished, members of the Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks placed the items in backpacks to be sent home with children who otherwise may not have enough to eat. “I think it’s wonderful,” Lodge member and volunteer Mary Bilkie said as she worked. “I like helping families that are in need and in our county. “We’ve gathered things and taken them to Bay Pines (veterans hospital in St. Petersburg), but this is more local,” she said. “This is wonderful. Children — that’s what we really delight in.” This year, the Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks have committed every third Friday of the month to support Freedom’s Backpack Club, a non-profit or-

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Lodge member Terry Monrey helped the Elks pack backpacks for the first time on Jan. 28. ganization that provides children in need with backpacks filled with food. The lodge on Jan. 27 also kicked off an ongoing food drive to support the program. “We want to do as much as we can locally,” the lodge’s Exalted Ruler Rick Thorson said. East County resident Sherri

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The Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks Lodge will bring its Drug Awareness trailer to the Lakewood Ranch Main Street’s Music on Main event March 4 as well as the Farmer’s Market March 5. The program intends to educate parents about drugs and the warning signs associated with drug use.

Covey, who has coordinated Backpack Club efforts at Freedom with the help of guidance counselor Sherri Brunner, said the Elks’ timing is perfect. Covey, who continues to help with the program her daughter, Stephanie, started in August 2008, struggled last year to keep it going after a local Publix Supermarket was no longer able to donate non-perishable food items on a regular basis and the majority of her longstanding volunteer team from Braden River High School had graduated. “It’s just such a blessing (the Elks) have been willing to step forward,” Sherri Covey said. “It’s wonderful to have help. “There have been so many children who have benefited from this,” she said. “They’ve seen their grades improve and attendance.” Freedom Principal Jim Mennes said hist students enjoy participating in the program. “It’s so much more than food,” he said, noting the majority of the Freedom students served in Backpack Club live in Manatee Trailer Park, where school staff members hosted their first Party in the Park for families in December. “If we didn’t do it, I don’t know how they’d get those items.” For more about the club, visit www.backpackclubinc.org. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

Former Lakewood Ranch/Braden River student Justin Lizardi must complete a rehabilitation program as part of his sentence.

By Michael Eng | Executive Editor

MANATEE COUNTY — Just six months after he was caught burglarizing or attempting to burglarize 10 homes in the East County, Justin Lizardi, 20, now knows the price he must pay for his crimes. Manatee County Circuit Judge Diana Moreland ordered 180 days in county jail (with credit for time served), completion of a rehabilitation program and two-andone-half years of probation (including an 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew) during Lizardi’s sentencing Jan. 14. He also must submit to random urinalysis screenings for drugs or alcohol. Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office’s COPS North surveillance team on July 27, 2010, observed Lizardi attempting to break into several homes throughout his Heritage Harbour community. His father, Luis Lizardi, said the crimes were related directly to his son’s addiction to drugs — and the people with whom he associated because of that addiction. Luis

Lizardi did not return repeated calls seeking comment. Originally, Justin Lizardi’s charges were for burglary of an occupied dwelling. However, his public defender was able to get those reduced to unoccupied dwelling charges, which carry significantly lighter punishments. However, although the reduction was positive news for the Lizardi family, at least one of Justin Lizardi’s victims was unhappy with the sentencing. “I think the judge just gave him a slap on the wrist,” said Heritage Harbour resident Paul Capello. “After I left the trial, I was in the elevator with some of the sheriff ’s deputies who all thought it was a very weak decision.” Capello said he was one of two of Justin Lizardi’s victims who testified. “I believe in the law, and I believe if you are the victim of a crime, you have a responsibility to testify and make sure your voice is heard,” he said. “I do hope the best for him (Justin Lizardi).” Contact Michael Eng at meng@yourobserver.com.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — All Lakewood Ranch junior Nicki Green could do was sit and wait. After posting a combined 220 pounds in the 110-pound weight class of the Section 8 state-qualifier Jan. 26 at Port Charlotte, Green still didn’t know whether she had done well enough to move on to the state championship meet.

It wasn’t until after the final two competitors in her weight class had attempted their final clean and jerk that Green learned she was moving on for the first time. Green finished second in her weight class — the top three in each weight class advance. “I was really happy,” Green said. “It was suspenseful though because I had to wait for two other girls to (lift) to

see if I made it or not.” Green is one of four members of the Lakewood girls weightlifting team who qualified for the state championship meet Feb. 12 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. “I was very surprised,” coach Mick Koczersut said. “I knew we had a chance when we got done with bench. I thought there was

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The Lakewood Ranch High girls soccer team celebrates its 8-0 victory over Strawberry Crest in a Class 4A-Region 3 quarterfinal match Jan. 27.

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STATEMENT The Lakewood Ranch girls soccer team scored seven goals in the first half on its way to an 8-0 shutout over Strawberry Crest in a Class 4A-Region 3 quarterfinal Jan. 27. Forward Sarah Miller completed a hat trick in the first half to lead the way for the Lady Mustangs. Midfielders Kaitlyn Wolfe, Delaney Riggins, Aubrey Riggins and Kaitlin Deglman

all added a goal and an assist. Forward Amanda Baar scored Lakewood’s final goal midway through the second half to end the game. Olivia Ortiz and Lindsay Martinez each added an assist. Lakewood returned to action versus Lutz Steinbrenner in a Class 4A-Region 3 semifinal match Feb. 1, but results were unavailable as of press time.

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Senior forward Sarah Miller competed a hat trick in the first half to lead the way for the Lady Mustangs.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The Lakewood Ranch boys soccer team had high hopes of becoming the district champions before their run in regionals, but their district dreams were shot after the Palmetto Tigers took the title with a 4-1 upset in the Class 4A-District 10 championship Jan. 28. After a scoreless first half, the Palmetto Tigers kicked their playing game up a few notches. Less than six minutes into the second half, Palmetto senior Brandon Waddy scored a free kick for the first score of the game to begin an explosive half. Less than three minutes later, Lakewood Ranch’s star defensive midfielder Marco Padilla knocked a 12-yard penalty into the net to tie the game 1-1 and to score the Mustangs only goal of the game. “We worried a little bit too much about the referees,” Mustang coach Vito Bavaro said. “We let the referees get into our head. We were worried too much about what was going on with the calls and trying to do a lot of things instead of just playing the game. “When you lose you focus like that and then you get down a goal then you get down two goals, it’s tough to get back going,” he said. “We just lost our focus.” Palmetto freshman Grego-

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line is when we get opportunities, we have to finish. We didn’t; they did. “For us right now we’re taking two steps backwards, but there’s no reason we can’t take four steps forward,” he said. “I think we’re a good enough team to take this and learn from it and go forward on it.” Lakewood Ranch will visit Tampa Jesuit tonight, while Palmetto hosts Lutz Steinbrenner in the regional quarterfinals. Bavaro said despite last week’s loss, he and his Mustang squad still hold high expectations for regionals. “We’re going to do the same thing we’ve done all year,” he said. “We’ve had a great season — 18-3-4. We’ve been working the ball. We work hard in practice. We work on the little things that make us better, and we’re going to keep doing that. … We’re not going to change anything we did because of this game. “I think our game plan is solid (and) our rotation is solid,” Bavaro said.

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The Braden River High boys basketball team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A-District 10 tournament, which will begin Feb. 8. On Jan. 24, the Pirates defeated Palmetto 51-49. Tommy Bernhardt made a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining to secure the victory. Tre Bryant led the way with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Trevon Young recorded 13 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, three assists and two steals. Javar Baity and Jeff Casseus added six points and two rebounds each.

+ KREW wins soccer world championship

The KREW captured the Kick It 3v3 World Championship Jan. 14-17 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The team defeated teams from New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois during pool play. The KREW then went on to defeat a team from Georgia in the semifinals before rain canceled its championship game against Illinois. The KREW was awarded the championship based on its undefeated record throughout the tournament. Players include John Rodman, JT Truitt, Danny Lane, Fabio Vasconcellos, Tristan Rehrig and Winston Porras-Lied.

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The Lakewood Ranch High School varsity wrestling team finished second at the Manatee County Championships Jan. 26 at Southeast High. The Mustangs finished 4-1 behind champion Manatee, which is ranked 11th in the state in Class 3A. Lakewood defeated Bayshore 72-6, Southeast 78-6, Palmetto 51-15 and Braden River 65-21 before falling to Manatee 42-32. Blake Riley-Hawkins (119 pounds), Ryan Leverenz (125) and Kyle RileyHawkins (189) all won individual county championships. Lakewood will return to action in the Class 2A-District 11 Championship Feb. 5.

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STATES / FROM PAGE 15A a good chance that all four of them would move on because two of them are better at clean and jerk than bench. I’m excited for them.” Fellow junior Hannah Asay finished second in the 119-pound weight class with a 115-pound bench press and a 125-pound clean and jerk. Sophomores Theresa Simunovic and Shelby Anderson qualified after finishing third in the 139-and-101-pound weight classes, respectively. Simunovic cleared 110 pounds in the bench press and 125 pounds in the clean and jerk while Anderson posted a combined total of 165 pounds. Simunovic was perhaps the most surprising member of the Lady Mustangs to advance. Having spent the past week battling an illness, Simunovic wasn’t eager to compete. “I was surprised,” Simunovic said of qualifying. “The only reason I won was because I weighed three pounds less than the other girl. “I think we all could’ve done better,” she added. “I didn’t go in with a really good attitude, so I didn’t think I would move on.” Asay agreed. “It’s intimidating because the score sheets are right there and you see what everyone lifts,” Asay said. “Sometimes, it brings your confidence down if you see someone with a big number. “Everything is really technical,” she said. “If you do one thing wrong then your lift doesn’t (count), and you only have three chances to do the lift.” Although the Lady Mustangs weren’t entirely pleased with their performance,

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Peyton Barfield, 8, had a blast at this year’s winter wonderland.

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Karla Barnard, 7, zoomed down the hill over and over again.

Although wintry white stuff wasn’t a part of Friday’s forecast, students at Tabernacle Christian School enjoyed a rare snow day during the school’s winter wonderland Jan. 28. The students took their inflatable rafts up a hill on the school grounds and zoomed down on a bed of real snow — which quickly melted under the Florida sunshine. — Michael Eng

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The Gulfcoast Chinese American Association in partnership with the Sarasota Chinese Academy held an elaborate and festive Chinese New Year Celebration on Jan. 29 at the T.J. Johnson Youth Center at Faith Baptist Church. — Rachel S. O’Hara Right: Licia, 6, and Felicity, 3, enjoy some food at the celebration.

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Thurs., Feb. 3 Financial Forum @ The Ranch —This group will meet at 9 a.m., Feb. 3, at the Serving Spoon, 8215 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Speaker will be from Penn Mutual. Erich Weber, 350-5379.

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Ovation — This annual day to celebrate the arts will begin at 10 a.m., Feb. 5, on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The schedule will include performances by the Key Chorale, Sarasota Folk Club, Cardinal Mooney’s Drama Department, Manatee Players, PAL Sailor Circus, Let’s Rock Sarasota, Sarasota Jazz Ensemble, West Coast Civic Ballet, Lakewood Ranch High School Silver Stars, the Sarasota Ballet, Urban Travelers, Moving Ethos Dance Company, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Lakewood Ranch High School Drama Club, The Players Theatre, Anything Arts & Improv Group and Diversity – The Voices of Sarasota. Now in its fourth year, Ovation has become a signature event of the Lakewood Ranch community. The local art scene will come to life as guests enjoy live performances from the Ovation Main Stage, participate in interactive booths and browse displays from talented artisans. For more, visit www.lakewoodranch. com.

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Fri., Feb. 4 Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary — Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary will kick off its annual Animal Extravaganza Annual Fundraiser at 6 p.m., Feb. 4, at the sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. The two-hour animal demonstrations will continue for four weeks at 6 p.m. on Fridays; 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults; $7 for children 12 and under. They are available at the door or in advance at www. BigCatHabitat.com. 371-6377. Music on Main — Mumbo Jumbo will perform at Lakewood Ranch’s monthly concert from 6-9 p.m., Feb.

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Tabernacle Friends and Family Day — Circus legend Tino Wallenda will perform at this event Feb. 6 at The Tabernacle, 4141 DeSoto Road. Wallenda’s presentations will be at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. and are free. 355-8858 or www.thetabsarasota.org.

Friends of the Braden River Branch Library Book Discussion Group — This group meets at 6:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month, at the library, 4915 S.R. 70 E. The group will discuss “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout at its Feb. 8 meeting. For more, call 727-6079. Ladies Lunch & Learn — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this event from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 8, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. For more, call 752-3030. Lakewood Ranch Democratic Club —This club will meet at 7 p.m., Feb. 8 at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Speaker will be Jim Delgado, local attorney and activist. Lucy Lapides, 709-2248 or www. lwrdems.com. Old Braden River Historical Society — This group will meet at 7 p.m., Feb. 8, at Woodland, The Community Church, 9607 S.R. 70 E. For more, visit www. oldbradenriver.org.

Wed., Feb. 9

Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood —This group will host its annual Honors Luncheon Feb. 6 at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. 379-1997.

Charity Bartending Night — The Polo Grill and Bar will host the Mote Seafood Savvy Charity Bar Night from 6-9 p.m., Feb. 9, at the restaurant, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. 782-0899.

Tues., Feb. 8

Graduate School Information Session — Webster University will offer this information session at 6 p.m., Feb. 9, at its Sarasota/Manatee campus, 8043 Cooper Creek Blvd., Suite 101. The session will cover how to apply to graduate school and for financial aid. 358-3840 or register at www.webster. edu/sarasota.

Conversational Hebrew — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will offer this course at 7 p.m., Feb. 8 and 15, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Cost is $125 per module. 752-3030.

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The following residential real estate transactions took place between Dec. 14-16, 2010. A home in Waterlefe Golf and River Club tops the transactions in this week’s real estate. Dzurilla I Ltd. Partnership sold the home at 10212 Discovery Terrace to Richard and Katherine Carpenter, Bradenton, for $585,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,837 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,043,400 in 2004.

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ACPA Land Investments LLC sold the home at 12326 Thornhill Court to Robert and Nancy Flaherty, Bradenton, for $524,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 2,572 square feet of living area.

River Club South

Brian and Deborah Sarisky, Bradenton, sold their home at 10006 Cherry Hills Ave. Circle to Courtland and Talitha Burton, Bradenton, for $477,500. Built in 1999, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,205 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $900,000 in 2006.

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Dee and Marcia Campbell of Murphy, N.C., sold their home at 13631 Second Ave. E. to Mildred Ruiz-Allen and Steven Allen, Bradenton, for $262,500. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,295 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $218,000 in 2002.

Braden Oaks

Robert and Danielle Huff sold their home at 3004 65th St. E. to Anthony and Cari Losada, Bradenton, for $260,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,425 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 2001.

Mote Ranch

Tomasz and Diane Targosz, Bradenton, sold their home at 6848 Coyote Ridge Court to Malibu Leith, Bradenton, for $229,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,459 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $276,400 in 2002.

NORTH MANATEE Parrish

James and Nicole Freed, Palmetto, sold their home at 15902 Golf Course Road to Rodney Hartsing, Parrish, for $275,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,079 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $336,000 in 2004.

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Shirley Darling of Germantown, Tenn., sold her home at 5649 Country Lakes Drive to Ronald and Frances Anderson, Sarasota, for $275,000. Built in 1987, it

D.R. Horton Inc. sold the home at 6610 Rock Bridge Lane to Kimberly King, Ellenton, for $230,000. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,372 square feet of living area.

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Land South of South Oak LLC sold the home at 15435 27th Court E. to Jonpaul and Lea Blair, Parrish, for $227,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,559 square feet of living area.

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