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SMOOTH OPERATORS by Loren Mayo | Staff Writer


Ranch names sports complex Summerfield resident

Mercedes Movilla’s suggestion, Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, was chosen as the moniker for SMR’s new project.

+ Why did the bobcat cross the road? East County resident Geoff Sugden was driving down Lorraine Road, just north of University Parkway around 11:30 a.m., March 16, when he spotted this bobcat run across the road.

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+ FCCLA leader visits Tallahassee

Lakewood Ranch High School sophomore Micaela Figueroa represented District 7 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America in Tallahassee during the recent Career and Technical Education on the Hill event. While there, Figueroa informed state leaders about FCCLA as well as family and consumer science classes. She also had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Mike Bennett to address the need for continued support of CTE programs in Florida schools. Figueroa, a Florida FCCLA officer holding the position of vice president of program of work.

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Vanda Bayliss, 59, always dreamed of operating huge construction equipment. Her dream came true at People at Play in the East County.



For as long as Vanda Bayliss can remember, every time she’s gotten near a bulldozer, her curiosity forced her to stand on her tiptoes and peek inside. Maybe the driver accidentally left the keys behind, she hoped secretly.

Over the years, she’s become so fascinated that she’s even considered bribing workers to let her into the driver’s seat. However, no mischievous acts were necessary for Bayliss to fulfill her bulldozing dreams thanks to a new — unique —

East County business. People at Play is a 21-acre, undeveloped heavy equipment playground that offers packages for adults to run bulldozers, excavators and skid steer loaders in a fun, construction-site environment. And in January, Bayliss, 59, found her self behind the sticks of a CAT 315 track excavator — a Christmas gift from her son and daughter-in-law.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — To some, the 70 acres just east of the Lakewood Ranch Post Office look like empty space. But to those singing the praises of the newly named Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, those 70 acres represent not only big fun — but big business as well. Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau Sports Manager Jason Puckett considers Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s new sports complex a major step for the Sarasota/Manatee/Lakewood Ranch market becoming the “amateur sports capital of the world.” His Manatee counterpart, Sports Commissioner Joe Picket, called the project the “Daytona 500 in grass sports.” And SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen said the new project, which will begin with 22 sports fields, embodies the spirit of the community of Lakewood Ranch. “Lakewood Ranch is about



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Mercedes Movilla and Michael Muscarella won the name and logo contests.


PREMIER / FROM PAGE 1A two things: family/activities and economic development,” Jensen said. “All of this comes together at this facility.” State and local government officials, Lakewood Ranch representatives and other community members celebrated the complex as SMR announced the winners of its name and logo contest March 21. Summerfield resident Mercedes Movilla won the name contest, while graphic artist Michael Muscarella, of Sarasota, won the logo contest. Movilla received $1,000 for her suggestion, and Muscarella received $2,000. Movilla, a muralist and architect, said she sent in 15 different suggestions for the name. The word “premier” captured SMR’s vision perfectly, she said. “I just love to create, and one of my friends told me about the contest,” she said. “They (SMR) were looking (for the complex) to be the best, so I thought of ‘premier.’ Movilla moved from Venezuela to Lakewood Ranch six-and-onehalf years ago and said the com-

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munity is perfect for her, her husband and their three children. Muscarella, an avid soccer fan, derived his logo from the classic soccer club crest design. Inside, he included the Lakewood Ranch sandhill crane logo as well as silhouettes of soccer, lacrosse and baseball players. “I just hope my logo represents this unbelievable thing,” he said. “It’s amazing to think it (the logo) will be around much longer than I (will).” SMR Director of Sports Tim Mulqueen will christen the new complex when anchor tenant Clearwater Chargers host the Florida Youth Soccer Association tournament April 30. The tournament is expected to bring 64 teams — and hundreds of players and their family members — to Lakewood Ranch. Those visitors, officials say, will translate into profit for local businesses — with an estimated impact of $700,000. “I think this complex will justify the need for another hotel or two,” Jensen said. Furthermore, he said, unlike existing facilities such as the Sarasota Polo Club, the fields at

er large events such as concerts and festivals, she said. SMR also announed a new partnership with U.S. Men’s National Team, World Cups 2006/2010 and Everton FC goalkeeper Tim Howard, who will lead goalkeeper clinics and camps at the new facility. Howard’s first clinic will take place this summer, and he will begin offering year-round opportunities in 2012. In addition to the April 30 tournament, the Chargers also will host tryouts for its soccer academy May 4, its competitive team May 31. The organization also plans to launch a recreational league for children ages 4-19 this fall as well as tournaments on Labor Day and Thanksgiving weekend this year. SMR currently is moving forward with a warrant study to determine whether a traffic signal can be placed at the complex’s entrance off State Road 70 at Post Boulevard. The intersection was the site of a fatal accident in December 2009. With the projected increase in traffic, Jensen said SMR is committed to getting a signal approved for the intersection. Contact Michael Eng at

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Manatee County commissioners Donna Hayes and Carol Whitmore, SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen, Director of Sports Tim Mulqueen, Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie and Primrose School of Lakewood Ranch co-owner Sharon Frank joined others in a sprigging ceremony following the press conference March 21. Premier Sports Campus will be open year-round. “Anything you can play on a sea of grass, we want to do here,” he said. Mulqueen said the new complex is unlike any in the state because it offers opportunities for all levels of soccer players — from recreational through professional. Younger children can dabble in the sport, while more competitive players can grow under coaches through the U.S. Devel-

opment Academy Soccer. Even some professional teams from throughout the nation and Europe have inquired about training opportunities, he said. Each of the 22 fields will have parking around them for easy access, said SMR Director of Marketing and Public Relations Candice McElyea. The complex has another 70 acres for expansion, which likely will include fields for baseball and other sports. Premier also will be able to host oth-

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CDD 1 hires new security contractor The Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 1 board expects Diamond Mason Evans Inc. to start in April. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — A new security contractor will provide unarmed roving patrols in the Summerfield and Riverwalk communities of Lakewood Ranch starting in mid-April. Supervisors on Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 1 voted 4-1 March 17 to contract with Diamond Mason Evans Inc. for services at just under $30,000 annually. Other top vendors considered for the job included Excelsior Defense ($32,427), U.S. Security Associates ($36,639) and Bales Security ($40,674). “Diamond Mason’s references were excellent,” Supervisor Gary Berns said. “I can see no reason to go above the minimum bid.” Supervisor June Stroup agreed. “I agree with (Supervisor) Alan (Roth) we need to have

the right bidder, but I also agree with Mr. Berns,” she said. “Based on the information we’ve been given, (we should move forward).” Roth, who cast the lone dissenting vote, said he wanted more time to consider the proposals as well as time to speak with the individuals who evaluated the companies under consideration. “We picked the low bidder last time, and it (didn’t work out too well for us),” Roth said, referring to the district’s current provider, Allegiance Security Group. District 1 hired Allegiance about a year ago and has since been dissatisfied with the contractor’s service, particularly regarding its responsiveness to resident calls. The company currently is providing roving patrols in CDD 4, as well, and supervisors there have ex-

pressed similar dissatisfaction. Lakewood Ranch Director of Operations Ryan Heise said operations staff will work with Diamond Mason Evans to make sure the company is fully aware of the district’s scope of services and of errors made by past providers. Heise said his No. 1 priority would be to have the contractor establish a solid working relationship with the Manatee County Sheriff ’s Office and the community. Supervisors for CDD 4 are continuing discussions on how to best meet the needs of their constituents through the use of security patrols. Board members were set to discuss a proposed scope of work for a new security contract Tuesday night, after the East County Observer went to press. Contact Pam Eubanks at

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• Supervisors directed staff to look into an existing contract between CDD 1 and Verizon regarding the upkeep of landscaping around a Verizon building at Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and the entrance to River Club. • Supervisors approved securing a $200,000 line of credit for the district.


• Supervisors approved attorney Andy Cohen’s recommendation to resolve a dispute with Mainscapes, the district’s former landscaping contractor, by having each party pay its own attorney’s fees and calling monies owed “a wash.” The district

believes Mainscapes owes it about $5,000, and Mainscapes believes it is still owed money for work. • Supervisors authorized staff to proceed with the repair of three storm drain inlets. Sleuth Plumbing will be retained to de-water the inlets and determine necessary repairs ($10,100), while Ardaman & Associates will review and monitor repairs ($4,000).


• Supervisors approved a change order to the district’s landscape maintenance contract to include several new parcels in Greenbrook East. Cost of increase is about $3,000 annually. • Engineer Mike Kennedy said he will

have information next month regarding a necessary lake bank repair near Greenbrook Adventure Park, and he does not expect repairs will have a financial impact on the district. • Supervisors approved securing a $200,000 line of credit.


• Supervisors approved securing a $200,000 line of credit.

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• Supervisors authorized staff to complete repairs to the HVAC system in Town Hall. Monies needed for the project — about $10,000 — will come from this year’s budget.


Flying Eagle saddles up for weekend ride

The Poker Ride, Obstacle Course and Camp Out event will be held April 1-3. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

Lakewood Ranch High School Cadet Samantha Lynch attended with her mom, Christina, sister, Morgan, and father, Mark.

Cadets honored for excellence The Reserve Officers Association honored 12 area Junior ROTC cadets during a ceremony last week. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association honored 12 Junior ROTC cadets from Sarasota and Manatee counties during a ceremony March 17 at the Lakewood Ranch Holiday Inn. Cadets honored with ROA medals were selected for their leadership, scholarship and performance. “The seniors are getting ready to graduate, and the juniors are going to be taking over,” ROA Junior ROTC Event Coordinator Peter Hayes said. “We need to recognize their hard work and achievements.”

In the East County, ROA honors went to Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Sarah Jurgovan, of Braden River High School, and Cadet Maj. Samantha Lynch. Other Manatee cadets included Marshall Tipton, Meghe Pasienza and Alex Weatherhead. In Sarasota County, honors went to Gloria Aguila, Robert Romagnino III, David Skarphol, Jordan Nunez, Daniel Munoz and Alexander Payne. “These are really outstanding kids in the community,” ROA member Ret. Navy Comm. Mike Reynolds said. “They do a lot of volunteer work and (this ceremony is) recognizing

Lt. Col. Bob Lewis runs Lakewood Ranch High School’s JROTC program. them and giving other students someone to look up to. These are the future leaders of the school.” The Reserve Officers Association, which was chartered by Congress in 1922, is a professional association for all uniformed services of the United States military, and is responsible for advising and educating the Congress, the president and public on national security. Contact Pam Eubanks at

MANATEE COUNTY — As a resident of Camp Flying Eagle and a Boy Scouts volunteer, Randi Greene has long been an advocate for local scouting. And while she’s serious about benefiting the East County camp, she’s also wants to make certain there’s time for horsin’ around, too. Under Greene’s guidance, the Boys Development Association will host a Poker Ride, Obstacle Course and Camp Out April 1-3 at Camp Flying Eagle. The event will raise money for improvements to the camp. “There’s so few places for riders to go anymore,” Greene said. “I begged and pleaded (with the Southwest Florida Boy Scout Council) and got approval.” Campers will arrive Friday night and start early April 2 for the first of two poker rides, for which riders will use a map to navigate Camp Flying Eagle’s roughly 185 acres and locate buckets containing poker chips. The day’s second poker ride will start after lunch. Horse and rider teams who cross one of the camps two wooden bridges will earn a chance to throw out their worst card. Riders will take on the obstacle course on horseback on April 3, taking on 15 obstacles, including a 12-foot teeter-totter, water hazard, barrel push and more. Each challenge will require the horse and rider to work together and help to create a stronger level of trust between them. “The bond — that’s everything,” said Greene’s daughter, Jennifer, a Lakewood Ranch


POKER RIDE, OBSTACLE COURSE AND CAMP OUT WHEN: April 1-3 WHERE: Camp Flying Eagle, 16009 Upper Manatee River Road COST: Camping: $15 per night per person; Poker ride is $25 per hand and $5 per additional hand. Meals included. Obstacle course is $15 per rider. REGISTRATION: or Randi Greene, 737-5611

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High School student who participated in a previous event. “If the horses don’t like you, it’s not happening.” Randi Greene previously organized two other poker and obstacle course rides at the camp — one in April and a second in October. Both events raised about $1,000, and Greene is hopeful the turnout for the next poker ride will be even better than before. Prizes such as gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants will be awarded for the best poker hands and best obstacle course scores, Greene said. Contact Pam Eubanks at

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John Burns Consulting also ranked Lakewood Ranch No. 12 in the nation. The Villages in Ocala took the No. 1 ranking in Florida. “We are so proud of this top nationwide ranking,” said Milt Flinn, president of LWR Communities. “We know that our strategic master plan – incorporating our neighborhoods with amenities like parks and schools, shopping and recreation – is one of the key reasons why Lakewood Ranch is so successful.”  For a full report, visit

+ Executive director job generates interest

Colin Baenziger & Associates, the search firm hired to find a new executive director for Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, has received more than 140 applications for the position. Baenziger is expected to present a handful of finalists to members of the Lakewood Ranch InterDistrict Authority Board, which oversees Town Hall’s management, in mid-April. Supervisors on the IDA hope to have a new executive director in place by the end of that month.

+ District schedules kindergarten round-ups

Manatee County parents can register their kindergarten-age children for the 2011-2012 school year during the Manatee County School District’s annual Kindergarten Roundup held at elementary schools across the county. Children who are 5 years old

+ Lakewood Ranch named top community A national real estate consulting firm has ranked Lakewood Ranch as the No. 2 masterplanned community in the state.

on or before Sept. 1, 2011, are eligible. To register, parents or guardians should provide the child’s birth certificate, a physical examination certificate (from the last 12 months), a Florida Certificate of Immunization and proof of residency. East County roundups are scheduled as follows: Braden River Elementary, 2-7 p.m., March 30; Witt Elementary, 1:306 p.m., April 6; Willis Elementary, 9 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m., April 7; Bashaw Elementary, 7:30 a.m., to noon and 2-6 p.m., April 7; McNeal Elementary, 4-6:30 p.m., April 28; Freedom Elementary, 3:30-6:30 p.m., May 12; and Tara Elementary, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 12.

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Napier’s Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary is seeking volunteers to help with the animal rescue’s daily operations. Opportunities include helping

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Following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Lakewood Ranch-based ShelterBox USA has sent its first shipment of ShelterBoxes to the country. ShelterBox is moving an initial 200 ShelterBoxes into Tokyo and has up to 5,000 more on stand by if they are needed. The organization also has ShelterBox Response Team members working in Madagascar, Bolivia and Peru, delivering emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families who have lost everything in disasters. ShelterBox Response Team members Lasse Petersen and Mark Pearson spent March 14 in Sendai, one of the largest cities struck by the tsunami. Pearson, ShelterBox’s field operations specialist, compared the aftermath to that of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. with the feeding of cats and kittens at the sanctuary, changing litter boxes, putting up fencing, maintenance of horse and dog pens and help with building dog kennels, including roofs and siding.

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


12:30 a.m. — 4100 block of 61st Avenue E. Criminal mischief. Unknown person(s) took what appears to be a BB gun and shot holes in the rear window of the complainant’s vehicle. There were several other vehicles damaged in the surrounding area.


7 p.m. — 6300 block of Bay Cedar Lane. Disorderly conduct. The deputy responded in reference to an older male who had been making inappropriate comments to three minor females while they were playing volleyball in the street. The deputy spoke with the three females, who supplied affidavits on what happened. He then spoke to the suspect and obtained his account of the incident. A capias request was submitted for the suspect for disorderly conduct.


9:30 p.m. — The intersection of Pope Road and Center Ice Parkway. Possession of marijuana. The responding deputy conducted an investigatory traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. During the traffic stop, he could smell the odor of marijuana. The driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle and handed the deputy a bag of marijuana and a glass pipe, which also contained marijuana. The driver was arrested and transported to the Manatee County The-owner of the vehicle reLBK -Jail. 2010 K sponded and took possession of the vehicle. The marijuana and pipe were both entered into property and evidence.

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Poor planning and NIMBYism has created an unfortunate collision at 44th Avenue East’s expansion running from east of Bradenton through Lakewood Ranch. The divided four-lane road has been in the county’s long-term comprehensive plan for 20 years. Yet the County Commission approved two developments in its path in 2002. The road is needed for the increasing flow of traffic. But residents from those nearby newer developments — Highland Ridge and Oak Trace — either do not want the road or want it scaled way back. So the commission voted unanimously last week to send the plan back to staff to see if the road can be narrowed to two lanes and the speed limit lowered. If that is the route the commission eventually takes, then neighbors in the area can never complain about traffic, because the obvious result will be a clogged road. The county has spent $8.2 million on the $50 million east-west road extension so far, and it is clearly needed. So eliminating it should not be an option. Building a two-lane 44th Avenue East extension is an option and would be better

than nothing for traffic movement in the area. But the problem is that as soon as it is put in, it will start approaching capacity. With just normal growth, within a few years of completion, the debate will have to start again on widening the road. If the numbers show that a four-lane road is needed and that is what has been planned, then the commission has a responsibility to the broader community. It need only make sure the road is built for the safety of the neighborhoods and that reasonable noise buffers, such as tree and bush landscaping, are in place. No one wants a road where he now has open green space next to his house. But homeowners in the area blame developers and Realtors for not telling them about the proposed road. Well, the road is in the public records, right in the county comprehensive plan. A phone call to the county is all that was needed. Many homebuyers do that. Those who do not tend to want to blame someone else for their lack of due diligence. Caveat emptor does not mean let other people protect buyers from their choices.

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Thumbs up to Kathleen Gagg, of Lakewood Ranch, who has launched Camp Better America to help military veterans re-integrate. The idea, spawned by Gagg and friend Kimberly Burleson, of Texas, is to work on the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being of those veterans who have difficulty going from the battlefield to the suburb. The camps are being set up around the country. Gagg told the East County Observer: “We have our (military) fighting for our freedom. As civilians, we need to stand up and return the salute. Some are sacrificing their lives.” Well said. Well done.

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Political pension punt If leadership is best conducted by example, a key Florida Senate committee on pensions is conducting downright pathetic leadership and having real trouble being serious about the state’s long-term financial woes. This is a problem, especially now, because pension promises for public employees are coming due from the pockets of all of us who do not have such pensions. Those promises are extracting $3 billion annually from taxpayers and contributing to the state’s weakening financial condition. Plus, taxpayer support will likely increase in coming years without serious reform. Here’s the way it works right now, and it is sweet indeed if you are a government worker and not just a government funder: Most government employees are covered under a traditional pension plan that guarantees their benefits after retirement indefinitely. Of course, this option has gone the way of the dinosaurs in the private sector, where most employees use a 401(k) plan to which they contribute. Public employees, in contrast, can retire with full benefits after 30 years and are guaranteed a 3% annual increase in their pension payments. Further, they contribute nothing to their pensions. Zero. Public employees in most states still have pensions, as politics is politics everywhere. But Florida TaxWatch reports that public employees in other states must contribute an average of 5% of their salaries to their pensions. So reasonably enough, Gov. Rick Scott proposed that public employees covered by the Florida Retirement System — which includes non-state employees such as teachers, police and firefighters — contribute 5% as they do in other states. That part of his proposal would save about $1 billion per year. Scott also proposed putting new employees into 401(k) plans and limiting cost-of-living increases to the rate of inflation. That would save hundreds of millions more. From the hysterical responses to this common-sense proposal, you’d think he had required every family to give up its first born. So the Republican-dominated Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee played raw

politics. It approved a bill that would require teachers, police, firefighters and other employees who earn more than $40,000 annually to pay into the pension plan only up to 2% of their salary. (Those under $40,000 would pay nothing.) Those who make more than $75,000 plus all

DEMERIT PAY There is ever more handwringing in Tallahassee whenever the status quo is challenged. That is doubly so for government workers and their increasingly powerful unions. So when the Legislature passed requirements for performance-based pay for teachers, the reaction was predictable. The media dutifully reported a public “outcry” as though someone was horribly wronged. Democrats howled to please their union financial backers. Now the latest twist is to charge that the bill requiring exceptionally good teachers to get more money is an “unfunded mandate,” which is something indeed Tallahassee has been known to do — legislate costly requirements on local jurisdictions but not provide funding. Manatee County Schools Superintendent Tim McGonegal, a supporter of merit pay, said the plan would cost money, and the Legislature approved no money for it. OK. Here is a suggestion that will make some people’s skin crawl but is perfectly reasonable: Take more money from the worst teachers. If you can identify the best teachers for merit pay, then indentify the worst ones for de-merit pay and simply shift the funds. Unions make it impossible to get rid of bad teachers, but perhaps they can be persuaded to leave by other means. Students are performance based. Why not teachers? Of course, the unions would howl, but let them. If teachers are really the most important people in society, then we should make sure we have and keep the best and dump the worst. Otherwise, the claim is a sham.

elected officials, would pay up to 4% of their salary toward their pension. No one would pay the 5% other states do. Further, these pension contributions would only last as long as the Florida Retirement System runs a deficit. If the fund runs a surplus, then the contributions would stop, reverting to the sweetness of zero. This may be considered a step forward, but it’s a tiny, completely political step, done without any knowledge of how much money would actually be saved. Yes, senators just reduced percentages and changed rules arbitrarily for political cover. One tip-off of the worthlessness of the “reforms” in this bill is the head of the state police union called the bill “pretty nice” — compared to his description of Scott’s proposal as “pretty ugly.” When a public-sector union calls reforms pretty nice, you just know the politicians have punted the overall public good again. That is disturbingly irresponsible, mirroring similarly actions in Washington, D.C., where politicians keep punting the necessary decisions down the road for personal political gain. This must stop. Scott had proposed realistic changes to the pension system that would have cost state employees more but also would have moved them closer to the entire private sector, which ultimately is paying for this plan. Completely reasonable, and therefore apparently completely objectionable to the political class. Here’s a fine example from Sen. Mike Fasano, a New Port Richey Republican: “Unlike the governor, this bill does not balance the budget on the backs of state workers,” Fasano said, sounding every bit like your typical, demagoguing classwarfare Democrat. Even more telling, when an amendment was proposed to reduce the rate at which politicians accrue their pension benefits to the same level as police and firefighters, the committee voted “nay.” Remember, legislators are only part-time employees. This cannot keep up. We encourage more fortitude to do the right thing in the full Senate and House. Lawmakers should institute real and lasting change we can afford, closer to what the governor proposed. Try thinking of all of all Floridians, not just government employees.

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Lakewood Ranch Humane Society to open boutique Second Chances Consignment Boutique, once open, will raise money for the ongoing operations of the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. By Pam Eubanks | News Editor

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and some furnishings. Organizers hope to use the space for wine and cheese nights, fashion shows and other events. “This is a store where (women) could go and get themselves (items) that they’d never be able to afford (normally),” Solomon said. All of the proceeds — unless an item is sold on consignment —  will benefit the Humane Society. Solomon said as she and other volunteers contemplated ways they could help fund the organization’s operations, their thoughts turned to Designing Women Boutique in Sarasota, a consignment shop that raises funds for the community’s arts and human services through the sale of couture apparel and fine home furnishings. After connecting with Lesli Davis, owner of Stella’s Tasty

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“We can’t say how grateful we are (to those who have helped us),” said Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch President Autumn Solomon, pictured with Lake Osprey Village owner Norman Ferber, who donated retail space to the organization for a year. “People have been so supportive and rallied behind us.” ity and the fact that it’s in a corporate park,” Solomon said. “We don’t want to have too many animals in the facility.” Volunteers who take the animals for walks in Corporate Park will wear special vests to identify them and the animals as part of the Humane Society. Solomon said the new adoption center will be “warm, playful and welcoming” in design with white picket fences for kennels, hand-painted walls and a garden motiff. “It’s going to be really adorable — like a nursery for animals,” Solomon said. “Being based in Lakewood Ranch, we understand the population we’re serving.”

Humane Society board members hope to open the second phase of the adoption center — a surgical unit and spay/neuter clinic — in three to six months. Although times of operation have not yet been determined, the adoption center will be open Wednesday through Sunday and closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch is seeking more volunteers and will host a volunteer meeting March 30. For information about volunteering, making donations for the consignment boutique or the organization, visit www. Contact Pam Eubanks at


LAKEWOOD RANCH — As Autumn Solomon’s eyes sweep the empty retail space before her, she can’t help but get excited. Although much work still needs to be done on the roughly 1,700-square-foot end unit in Lake Osprey Village shopping center, the entry has marble floors and a granite countertop checkout counter that will be perfect for the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch’s newest fundraising venture. “I have to pinch myself,” said Solomon, president of the newly formed animal rescue. “Six months ago, we were looking for a location. Now, we’re prepping for a grand opening and a store. It’s pretty amazing.” As the Humane Society nears the opening of the first phase of its adoption center in Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park, volunteers also will be busy converting the vacant space in Lake Osprey Village into Second Chances Consignment Boutique. The high-end fashion and consignment boutique will sell gently used clothing as well as shoes, accessories, handbags

Treats, Solomon followed up with a suggestion to speak with Lake Osprey Plaza owner Norman Ferber. Ferber, who turns 80 April 1, loved the idea. “I love getting involved,” said Ferber, who donated the use of the space. “We’ve always been involved in the arts and doing this type of thing.” As plans for the boutique get under way, the Humane Society also is making final preparations to open the first phase of its adoption center, located in Stanley Steemer’s building on Trade Center Court in Corporate Park. Organizers hope to open the facility in April. “It’s going to be our mission control,” Solomon said, noting it will have offices and a bonding room for potential adopters. The Humane Society will utilize an off-site location for isolating pets during the intake process, but then they will be brought to the new center or stay with a foster family. Solomon said many animals under the shelter’s care will stay with foster families and be brought into the adoption center only on certain dates as a courtesy to neighboring businesses. “We want to respect the facil-

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Bayliss reported for work Jan. 22 as an operator at the People at Play job trailer. For the first time in her life, she punched in with a time card,  strapped on a construction helmet and orange visibility vest and completed a safety briefing. Then, she was ready for the machinery. “The first thing is getting into it,” Bayliss said. “That’s the only part that takes any strength or really seems tricky at all. Guys act like it’s such hard work, but it’s not physical. After that, you’re just sitting in a seat moving the gears. It takes coordination to do it the right way, but you can definitely start scooping dirt as a beginner.” The excavator, which runs on tank tracks, works by using two joysticks. Each has two functions

— forward and backward and side-to-side. “I remember when my son was a toddler, and we would go to Arlington Park’s dirt pit,” Bayliss said. “They had an arm with a scooper and manual levers. He’d sit there for hours and scoop.” After digging, scooping and dumping dirt in her own dirt pit, Bayliss anxiously awaited the subsequent part of her adventure: the timed obstacle course. “When they told me I was going to bring the bucket down and give it a little swing to knock a tennis ball off of a construction cone without topping it over, I thought, ‘Yeah right!’” Bayliss said. “But it was really surprising because it shows you how accurately and precisely you can move the bucket to do different tasks.” Although she used the bucket to push a concrete pipe in a straight line like a champ, her biggest challenge was picking up the massive industrial tires. “The bucket has sort of a snaggletooth on it, so you can pick the tires up and put them over a post,” Bayliss said. “That was the trickiest because it would get stuck on the post as you tried to drop them down. If I ever quit practicing law and take up driving one of these machines, I’ll have to be the pipe-mover,” Bayliss said.


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East squads face best in 2011 quests Practice makes perfect. And what better way to practice than by facing some of the top teams in the state and nation? This spring, the Braden River and Lakewood Ranch High baseball and softball teams and The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team have sought out the stiffest competition they can find in the hopes of better preparing themselves for next month’s district and regional tournaments. So far, their hard work appears to be paying off. The Lady Pirates sit atop the district standings just ahead of the Lady Mustangs. Meanwhile, the Mustangs JEN and Thunder BLANCO currently are in second place in their respective districts with one district loss apiece. Last week, the Pirates and Mustangs both competed in a series of in-state tournaments, while the Thunder hosted last year’s Oklahoma state champion and Pennsylvania’s state runnerup. The Braden River and Lakewood Ranch softball teams competed in the Home of Champions Softball Tournament in Bartow. The Lady Pirates and Lady Mustangs each played four games over the course of the two-day tournament. Both teams finished a respectable 3-1 — their lone loss coming at the bats of host Bartow, which advanced to the regional finals last spring. Across the diamond, the Braden River and Lakewood Ranch baseball teams saw their share of stiff competition at the Sarasota Baseball Classic. The 32-team tournament featured teams from across the state, including four teams who advanced to last year’s regional finals. The Mustangs finished third in the Elite bracket with a 3-1 record and had three players named to the All-Tournament team. Braden River and Lakewood Ranch have been particularly successful in tournaments this season. ODA has taken a different approach to increasing its competitive edge by facing off against some of the nation’s top teams. The Thunder already have hosted two state championshipcaliber teams this season, and the team is scheduled to host teams from New York and Ohio over the next three weeks. Now, it’s up to the teams to see if they can keep their competitive spirits in tact.

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Observer softball team swings into action The Miss Manatee Softball 10U Observer team is a perfect 4-0 so far this season. By Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Ten-year-old Jordan Schmucker couldn’t contain her enthusiasm after her coach handed her a red softball T-shirt last month. It was in that moment that the Willis Elementary fourthgrader learned she would be playing for the Miss Manatee Softball 10U Observer team.

“I was happy and excited because people could know what we like to do; and we could have fun,” said Schmucker, who pitches for the Observer team. Schmucker’s teammate Tiffany Thomas, 9, also was excited about the opportunity to represent the newspaper while also getting a chance to play with some of her travel ball teammates.

“I was happy,” Thomas said. “I was like, ‘Oh yay!’ because we can see ourselves in the newspaper.” The Observer softball team, which comprises 11 girls, began practicing last month and opened its season Feb. 26. The team is undefeated through four games so far this season, having outscored its opponents 50-21. “We’re getting better and better as it goes on,” Thomas said. “If we do something wrong, our



The Miss Manatee Softball 10U Observer team Anjolie Berninger Lea Beukema Caroline Birch Ellie Bonnet Macey Callans Hannah Kennelly Payton Rypel Jordan Schmucker Tiffany Thomas Serenity Vega Bailey Woods

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Braden River High shortstop Dalton Busby gets the force out at second base during the Pirates 3-2 loss to American Heritage Delray March 16.

SPRING CLASSIC The Braden River and Lakewood Ranch High baseball teams were two of 32 teams from across the state who competed in the 2011 Sarasota Baseball Classic March 14-17. The Mustangs finished third in the Elite bracket with a 3-1 record, while the Pirates finished 1-3 in the Premier bracket. Lakewood defeated West Boca 3-2 and Bishop Verot 11-1 before falling to Barron Collier

15-10. The Mustangs closed out the tournament with an 8-7 victory over Sarasota. Braden River opened the tournament with a 10-6 loss to Royal Palm Beach before defeating Bozeman 16-2. The Pirates then fell to American Heritage Delray 3-2 and Dwyer 9-7. Lakewood’s Brett Hanewich, Seth McGarry and Zach Larson were named to the All-Tournament team.

Bobby Henderson struck out three in five innings of work. Left: Seth McGarry was named to the 2011 All-Tournament team.

Phillip Dilandro pitched for Lakewood against Barron Collier.

The Lakewood Ranch High baseball team finished third in the Sarasota Baseballl Classic’s Elite bracket with a 3-1 record.

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+ Lady Thunder record wins over Lakewood, St. Pete Catholic

Cheyenne Kerekes The Out-of-Door Academy sophomore Cheyenne Kerekes won all four of her matches this week, including two singles matches and a pair of No. 1 doubles matches, helping lead the Lady Thunder to victories over Lakewood Ranch and St. Petersburg Catholic March 15-16. Here is an inside look at this week’s Athlete of the Week. How long have you been playing tennis? I’ve been playing competitively since I was 11 years old. My parents signed me up for lessons, and I (really) got into it. I wanted to do some tournaments for the competition. What’s your fondest tennis moment? I had a three-match set once in the summer. It was July in Florida and it was really hot. It was a three-hour match, and I ended up winning. What do you enjoy the most about tennis? I like the competition and the sense of accomplishment you have after you win. I like the way I feel after I win. Do you have a favorite tennis player? I like (Venus and Serena) Williams. I like their background story and how when they started playing they weren’t from a rich family. But they stuck with it, and now they’re considered (two) of the best players.

Do you have any siblings? I have a younger brother, Dakota, who is 13 years old. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a surgeon. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? London. I would like to see Big Ben and the London Bridge. Who is your biggest role model? My parents. They always push me to do my best and support me in whatever I want to do. Do you have a favorite type of music? I like alternative rock, especially Mumford & Sons. Do you have a favorite subject? History. I like learning about where our roots are and what we developed from in the past. — Jen Blanco


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The Out-of-Door Academy girls tennis team defeated Lakewood Ranch and St. Petersburg Catholic March 15-16, improving its overall record to 7-1. On March 15, the Lady Thunder topped the Lady Mustangs 7-0. Caroline Dailey (No. 1), Cheyenne Kerekes (No. 2), Michelle van Dalen (No. 3), Savannah Sleight (No. 4) and Callan Malone (No. 5) all recorded singles victories for ODA. Kerekes and Sleight were also victorious in No. 1 doubles, and Liz McGayhey and Morgan Woods were victorious in No. 2 doubles. On March 16, ODA defeated St. Petersburg Catholic 7-1. The Lady Thunder won all five singles matches and the No. 1 doubles match by default.

+ Braden River blanks Palmetto in district finale

The Braden River High softball team shut out Palmetto 16-0 in its final district game of the regular season March 15. Courtney Mirabella, Kenya Yancy and Hannah Loyer combined for the win on the mound, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight. Yancy and Ashley Allard both went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored to lead the way for Braden River at the plate.

+ ODA earns sixth win of the season

The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team defeated St. Stephen’s 9-0 March 17. Scooter Friss pitched a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. TD Dietrich went 2-for2 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored, and Ryan Kaminski went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

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What do you enjoy the most about baseball? All of it. I don’t really have a favorite part. Why did you decide to start playing baseball? I have no idea. Who is your favorite baseball player? Mariano Rivera If you could describe the Observer baseball team in one word, what would it be? Interesting

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Jane Imperiale, Stephanie Simpson, Laura Hammaker and Beth Edwards scored 156 to win Flight 1 of the middle threes WGA Ladies Event March 8 on King’s Dunes. Lydia Cappas, Jane Stickel, Donna Forsyth and Roxanne Moore scored 161 to win Flight 2. Tatiana Gammicchia shot 153 to win the overall gross championship of the Ladies Club Championship March 12-13. Jane Imperiale shot 135 to win the overall low net championship. Debbie Reese shot 161 to win the gross portion of the Latrobe Flight. Jean Newbon shot 148 to win the net portion. In the Bay Hill Flight, Sue Guarasci shot 191 to win the gross portion, while Alexis Heckman shot 146 to win the net portion. Finally, Chris Aster shot 186 to win the gross portion of the Cherry Hills Flight while Glenis Roberge shot 145 to win the net portion.

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Truelove finished +18 to win Flight 3. Ed Kornberger used his wedge to record an ace March 19 on the 140-yard No. 4 of the Lakes Course. Barb Harrison scored 157 to win Flight 1 of the individual low gross WGA Championship March 15-17. Betsy Ratterman scored 157 to win Flight 2. Jacki Booker scored 187 to win Flight 3. Joann Meyer scored 198 to win Flight 4. Carol Sears scored 198 to win Flight 5. Shirley Accardi scored 205 to win Flight 6; and Joyce Parney scored 213 to win Flight 7.

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Alan Matthews and Steve Gilchrist won the two-man quota points event March 9. The Miss Manatee Softball 10U Observer team is undefeated through the first four games of the season.

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Verla Heotis, Sue Lamy, Diane Hennessey and Jan Turk shot 57 to win the two best balls of four plus closest to pins nine-hole event March 15.

SOFTBALL/ PAGE 16 coach (Kevin Callans) tells us what to do, and we do it over in practice. “We all work together, and we have fun doing it,” Thomas said. Schmucker agreed. “We’ve been working together and getting outs,” Schmucker said. The Observer softball team opened up its season with a 14-11 victory over Bogey’s Feb. 26. The team followed up its Opening Day victory with a 14-4 victory over Dr. Tomeo and an 11-0 shutout over Falkner Farms. Most recently, the Observer softball team defeated Fidelity

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Investments 11-5 March 19. “They play together as a team,” Callans said. “They’re not afraid. This is the first time they’ve had a pitcher, so getting over the fear of facing a live pitcher is something that can be (difficult), and they’ve gotten over that.” Callans, who coached the 10U Observer softball team last fall, asked to coach the team again this spring. This year, the team is a mix of former Observer team players, travel ball players and a few players who are new to the sport. “There are a lot of new girls to the team,” Callans said. “It’s always fun to see the different interactions of the kids. Putting

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Witt girls, fathers share special night at dance Dozens of girls at Gene Witt Elementary School enjoyed an evening with the special men in their lives during the school’s annual Father-Daughter Dance March 18 in the school’s cafetorium. The girls danced the night away with their dads, got their pictures taken and enjoyed ice cream sundaes and other tasty Nicole Pritchard and Emily Chance, both 8, thoroughly en- treats. — Jen Blanco joyed the father-daughter dance.

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McNeal a match for Bingo bash Dozens of McNeal Elementary School students and their families enjoyed an evening of fun and games during the school’s annual Bingo Night March 18.

Students played several rounds of Bingo while snacking on hot dogs and potato chips. — Jen Blanco

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Charity Bartending Night — American Cancer Society will be pouring drinks to raise money for their organization from 6-9 p.m., March 24, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. For more information on the American Cancer Society, visit Financial Forum @ The Meadows — This group will meet at 9 a.m., March 24, at The Meadows Village Pub, 5013 Ringwood Meadows, Sarasota. Pierre Schutte, 587-8174. Financial Forum University — Financial Forum @ The Ranch will host this seminar on tax, estate and investment planning at 9 a.m., March 24, at LECOM, 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Erich Weber, 350-5379 or Return the Salute Fundraiser — This fundraiser will be from 6-9 p.m., March 24, at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court. Cost is $150 per couple or $100 per individual. For more, email to gagg@, call (973) 670-3940 or visit Working Women of Tampa Bay Lakewood Ranch Group —This group will meet for happy hour at 6:30 p.m., March 24, at the River Club, Cabana On The Green Restaurant, 6600 River Club Blvd. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers. Elaine, 961-0559.

Fri., March 25 Blood Donations — Florida Blood Services’ Manatee Bloodmobile will be accepting donations in the East

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County from 12:30-4 p.m., March 25, at Waterlefe, 10705 Waterlefe Blvd.

Blood Donations — Florida Blood Services’ Manatee Bloodmobile will be accepting donations in the East County from 1-4 p.m., March 28, at Lifestyle Family Fitness, 7385 52nd Place E.

“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” — Students of Nolan Middle School will be performing this Disney musical at 7 p.m., March 25-26, at the school, 6615 Greenbrook Blvd. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Children under 5 are free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 751-8200, Ext. 2054.

Ponies for Pups —This benefit for Honor Animal Rescue will be at 11:30 a.m., March 26, at Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m.; polo match at 1 p.m. Cost is $30 per person for pavilion seating and lunch; and $10 for field-side tailgating. For more information, visit or call Kimberly Henley, 545-8734.

Paper Airplanes — This band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, March 25, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899. Torah Tots — Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will host this event from 9-10 a.m., March 25, at the center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail. 752-3030.

Moonlight Movie —Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corporation will host this movie screening from 6:30-9:30 p.m., March 26, at Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch. Guests will enjoy a screening of “Despicable Me.” 757-1530.

Sat., March 26 Blood Donations — Florida Blood Services’ Manatee Bloodmobile will be accepting donations in the East County from 2-6 p.m., March 26, at Royal Palms 20 Theater, 5125 26th St. E. Glass Onion Band — This band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight, March 26, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. 782-0899. H’attitude Scholarship Lunch — This event will be at 11:30 a.m., March 26, at The Polo Grill and Bar Fête Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Join Business and Professional Women of North Sarasota as it will recognizes its 2011 Women of the Yea. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the organization’s scholarship fund. 351-8155.

Parrish Heritage Day —This celebration will begin with a parade at 10:30 a.m., March 26, beginning at the Parrish fire station, 12132 U.S. 301 N. Following the parade, the celebration will feature entertainment, local musicians, bounce houses, train rides and more. Wine Tasting Fundraiser —This event, to benefit Team Florida Advanced Fitness and Performance Olympic Weightlifting Inc., will be from 6-9 p.m., March 26, at WineStyles Lakewood Ranch, 8225 Nature’s Way. Cost is $25. Kim Kutch, 518-4958 or kimafp@aol. com.

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Living with Hearing Loss — The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Sarasota & Manatee County will present this workshop at 5:30 p.m., March 29, at United Way of Manatee County, Inc. McClure Center at Lakewood Ranch 4215 Concept Court. Joan Haber, 323-1418 (voice) or For those using a TDD, you may call Donna Carlton, 366-0260. In addition, you may also contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service by calling 711.

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Friends of Lakewood Ranch —This anti-incorporation group will host an open forum at 7 p.m., March 29, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The group will offer a presentation that repudiates the Fishkind study. Gary Berns,

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Incorporation Study Group —This group will host a meeting at 7 p.m., March 28, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. There will be a brief overview presentation followed by open discussion on all aspects of incorporation. Because the Incorporation Study Group wants to confirm we have sufficient meeting space or notify you if the meeting is rescheduled, please RSVP to

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Kathy Goodman, Sarasota, sold her home at 7304 Links Court to Thomas Klett and Dawn Werle, of Purchase, N.Y., for $552,000. Built in 1994, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,637 square feet of living area.

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I. William Collins, Sarasota, sold the home at 6922 Langley Place to Mark and Debra Bury, University Park, for $540,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,688 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $703,000 in 2005.

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Eveyln Boldt, Tallevast, sold her home at 27400 Gopher Hill Road to Donald McCaskill and Gary Neve, Myakka City, for $510,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,856 square feet of living area.

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Charles and Lynne Reda, Bradenton, sold their home at 9511 59th Ave. E. to David and Jennifer Mowrey, Bradenton, for $285,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,886 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $585,000 in 2005.

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Abraham Kozma, Sarasota, sold his home at 7711 205th St. E. to Holly Chamberlain and Everett and Judith Chamberlain, Bradenton, for $275,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two-andone-half baths, a pool and 2,287 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $555,000 in 2005.

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Gywen and Connie Hoogendoorn, of Sheldon, Iowa, sold their home at 12211 Aster Ave. to Patricia and Garrett Littlejohn of Panora, Iowa, for $223,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,383 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2008. Homes by Towne of GreyHawk Landing Inc. sold the home at 12334 Lavender Loop to Eleanor Rivers, Sarasota, for

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Franklin and Patricia Foran, Sun City Center, sold their home at 1978 Wilderness Blvd. E. to Gerald and Virginia Lietzke, Parrish, for $264,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,082 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $290,000 in 2001.

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Howard Bradley and Jason Brewer of Henderson, Nev., sold their home at 12611 30th St. Circle E. to Ronald and Donna Drumheller, Parrish, for $255,000. Built in 2008, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 3,333 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $354,900 in 2008.

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Barrie and Lynn Romkey, Gulfport, sold their unit 1101 condominium at 501 Haben Blvd. to William Hardman, Palmetto, for $234,070. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 3,776 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,009,100 in 2007.

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TemperatureS Temps. High Low Sun., March 13 71 47 Mon., March 14 72 50 Tues., March 15 74 53 Wed., March 16 76 55 Thurs., March 17 79 57 Fri., March 18 80 58 Sat., March 19 79 53 Average Gulf water temperature: 69.4



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Month to date: 2011 2.89 in

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Dr. Charles F. Haeussner took this photo of the “super moon” setting over Lake Uihlein the morning of March 20. PHOTO CONTEST: Enter your sunset, sunrise or weather-related photos for The Observer’s weather photo contest, sponsored by Cool Today. Each week’s winner will receive a $50 restaurant gift card. Send your photos to The East County Observer, 8788 S.R. 70 E., Suite 103, Bradenton, FL 34202, or e-mail them to Please include the name and contact information of the photographer and when and where the photo was taken. Also, please include “photo contest” in the subject line.


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BEDSPREAD, SHAMS, skirt & matching drapes, colors rose, beige & touch of green $95. 941-358-5313

CORNER ENTERTAINMENT Center: solid oak. $400 or best offer. 941-749-5732.


FENCE SECTIONS- Board on board, 6x8, pressure treated. $35 each. Call 941-756-8915

BIKE: MENS, 26”, 6 speed, $40. 941359-9434. COMPUTER ARMOIRE/DESK- Cherry wood. Like new. $200. Must see. Call 941-704-8730 COMPUTER MONITOR. 16-inch CRT in great working condition. Only $15. 941-358-5270. HEADBOARD- QUEEN, carved, solid pine , Excellent condition. $150. Silk plant $10. 941-224-1244 LANDSCAPE EDGER/ Electric Edge Hog Black & Decker, $35. Electric String Trimmer/ 12” Toro, $15. 941-758-8135. SEWING MACHINE: Singer Table Model. Like new. $150. 941-753-2532. SOFA- 78" Floral print Good condition great for rental unit $100. 941-758-6593

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale ELECTRIC OUTDOOR drive on lift. 24 ft length max. Deep water. South Longboat Key. Water/ electric. $295 per month, terms. Email: or 941-387-8129

Boats 18/FT. 4 Winns Runabout 130HP Johnson. No trailer. Runs well, looks good. $6000 O/B/O. Longboat Harbour 941-387-8786.

SARASOTA BARGAIN Thrift Store & Consignment Center. 1635 12th St., Sarasota. Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Freezers. Furniture, Beds, Dressers, Sofas, Tables, TV’s, Records, Books, etc. Don’t give your items away, let us sell them for you! Delivery & pick-up available. 941-812-0587

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ESTATE SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 9a.m.-2p.m. 3917 Country View Cir. Off Sawyer, S. of Bee Ridge Fully furnished: 72” Samsung 750 TV, 2 electric beds with sleep# mattresses, 76 dolls, 3 large curio cabinets, vibrator recliner, 18 Swartzkys, dining set, reel to reel player, lots of costume jewelry, freezer, generator, mirrors, Mardi Gras masks, sectional sofa, oriental tables, plaques & rugs; cut & pressed glass, king size leather sofa bed, painting, king bed, drum table, etagere, silver plate, sectional sofa, rattan, collector?s plates, treadmill, sheers, tools, books, DVDs, tools, & lots more. SALE BY JULIE MCCLURE PICTURES: we set up the sale on Tuesday will be posted on: or

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Plants/Trees LARGE WHOLESALE TREES 14-15’ Maples, Cypress, Sycamore, Sweetgum: $95.00 each. 16-18’ Maples, Live Oak, Laurel Oak, Cedars: $275 each. 15 Acres of native trees to choose from. 40 varieties, various sizes available. Delivery & installation available. By appt. only. Contact Eddie @ 941-232-9377 or

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Commercial Property For Rent OFFICE SUITE: Reception Area, 2 Private Offices, 575/sq.ft., Lakefront View, 1891 Porter Lake Drive, south of Fruitville, minutes from I-75. Includes: Electrical, Water, Security, Parking. Annual Lease: $835 per month. 941-355-9520.

Condos/Apts. For Rent LBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR furnished condo, Longboat Harbour. Spectacular water views from every room, ground floor, end unit. Covered parking, no trucks/ pets/ smoking. Gulf/ private beach house access. Boat dock available. Avail. April 2nd. $1300/mo annual lease +utilities. 734-425-8245.

Condos For Sale SNOWBIRD CONDO in northern Michigan: 1000/sq.ft., 2BR/2BA, turnkey, just off I-75, golf mecca. $54,900. 941-722-4371.

6 OPEN HOUSES IN ONE NEIGHBORHOOD! ROSEDALE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Gated, golf, clubhouse, tennis, No CDD Fees. SR70, BRADENTON. STOP AT Rosedale Realty Office at 5415 87th St. E. for map. 941-751-9070

Waterfront Property BREATHTAKING WATERFRONT parcel. Fully engineered, approved and ready for development of 7 SF homes and 5 boat dock on fabulous Palma Sola Bay. Or use all 3.9 acres for your own retreat. Will trade for waterfront Sarasota home or negotiate on sale. $1.8M Marcia Wood, Broker, 941-350-2285

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Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer & associate. Drive your car to the North and back. 941-713-1596, 941-720-0426.

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Home Improvement/ Remodeling CABINET REFINISHING!! We refinish ugly or outdated cabinets into "new" for a fraction of the cost of refacing or replacing! Unbelievable transformations! 941-201-2655 or WATER HEATERS, faucets and small plumbing repairs. Reasonable rates. License #CFC1426756. 941-737-0349.

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THE EAST COUNTY OBSERVER the EAST COUNTY Observer THURSDAY, 2011 Thursday,march March24, 24, 2011


the EAST COUNTY Observer THURSDAY, march 24, 2011

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Learn how Florida real estate works: • latest market statistics • U.S. tax implications • tips on buying and selling WHEN: March 24th, 5 - 6:30pm WHERE: Lakewood Ranch

$2,900,000 Manatee River Riverfront , gourmet kit., elevator, dock w/hoist. M5811237 Sara LaPlante 685-4566 00 100,0

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$799,900 Laurel Oak Estates Recently updated. Lux.gated, Golf community. A3928514 Jerry Richter 224-1350 0

$575,000 Bel Air Estates Approx 5 acres, horse barn & private lake. A3936200 Team Cashi 527-9088

Reduced $5K $214,900 Tailfeather Way @Tara Maintenance-Free, Private lanai over looks preserve. Htd Spa. Professionally Landscaped. Numerous upgrades. Freshly painted exterior. M5818637 Jeff Hammond 487-5116

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$539,900 Waterlefe Golf & River Club Golf views, Chef’s kitchen, Golf & boating community. M5811387 Evans Team 928-8424

$1,795,000 Founders Club Furnished 5400SF lux. gated, golf course. A3894544 Gary Hoskins 809-7709 0 0,00 d $2

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$729,900 Edgewater Pointe Gorgeous Unique Home, Lake views, Furnished. A3919292 Denny King 807-2572 le! t Sa Shor d $30K e c u Red

$699,900 Lakewood Ranch $639,000 Trillium $469,000 Lakewood Ranch Country Club Gated, Completely private, Fine craftsmanship. Elegant Family home, Many Upgrades, Gated. Maintenance free, heated pool, lake view. A3931293 Rita Ferrell Lasky 780-3579 A3932312 Rayman/Tan 504-9232 M5817385 Ellen Quinn 504-0595 n

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Reduced $16K $229,000 Moorings @ Edgewater 1st floor, like new with many upgrades. Attached one car garage. Pool, clubhouse, exercise & water access to Lake Uihlein. A3936424 Kelly Oakes 812-6557

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$1,395,000 University Park 4160SF , Furnished, Guest Suite, Gated golf community A3938955 Linda A. Page 504-0123

Reduced $19K $270,000 River Place at Tara Lakefront, Rarely used, Gated community with heated pool. A3926910 Kirby Wood 961-4724 $265,000 Lakewood Ranch Country Club Legacy Golf Course views, Maintenance Free with tile throughout. A3939128 Chris Baylis 735-4713

$164,900 Lakewood Ranch- Summerfield Village Tremendous backyard & completely fenced. Porcelain tile, glass block windows in kitchen, family rm w/vaulted ceiling. A3940522 James Thomas 209-9648

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Short Sale $195,000 Lakewood Ranch –Summerfield Village Pool home needs TLC. Close to parks, playground & tennis courts. Easy access to I-75. A3940259 Claudia Schwab 962-9453



$340,000 Lakewood Ranch- Summerfield Glades Gorgeous sunset views, lakefront setting. Beautiful cabinetry, heated pool/spa. Security, Newer A/C. A 3937621 Katie Klomp 400-4826 Reduced $14,100 $274,900 Whisper Bend Completed remodeled in 2010! Too many extras to list. A3937724 Susan Schwartz 807-7161 $274,900 Lakewood Ranch Country Club Largest floor plan of the Weston villas, sited on the Legacy Golf Course. Loaded fine amenities & upgrades. Gated. A3940228 Pat McMillan 544-4538

Join Us For Our Free Seminar ! $999,000 Lakewood Ranch Country Club Gourmet kit. + outdoor kit. w/fireplace. A3938161 Judy Bastic 465-6271

$379,900 Water Oak Beautiful Lake views, Many upgrades, pool/spa. No CDD’s, Close to shopping & restaurants. A3928511 Victoria DeRosier 962-7515

00 $27,0 ced Redu

$499,000 Lakewood Ranch $498,000 Watercrest Condo 7208 Orchid Island, Golf views, $104k in upgrades Water views, Custom upgrades, Walk to shopping. A3938787 Bob Bronston 705-0811 A3927869 Denny King 807-2572

$439,000 Lakewood Ranch Water & golf course views, Pool/spa, New appliances. A3931222 Pat McMillan 544-4538

941-907-2000 ~ Over 5,000 listings on our website:

Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty and Prudential Palms Realty are sister companies serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties. © 2011. An independently owned and operated member

of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

Prudential is a registered service mark of The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Equal Housing Opportunity


Agents conveniently located at: Lakewood Ranch Main Street ~ Market Street in Lakewood Ranch ~ Siesta Key ~ Osprey Downtown Sarasota, Tamiami Trail ~ Palmer Ranch ~ St. Armand’s Circle ~ Stoneybrook ~ Longboat Key

East County Observer - Thursday, March 24, 2011  

East County Observer - Thursday, March 24, 2011

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