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bserver O EAST COUNTY FREE • TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014

YOU. YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

BINGO BABES WATERWORKS

WHO ARE WE?

Construction may slow as county contemplates identity. PAGE 3A

OUR TOWN

+ Superintendent hosts movie nights Manatee County School District’s superintendent has made transparency a primary focus of his tenure. This school year, he even hosted “Soup with the Supe” events, at which members of the community joined him at a restaurant to eat lunch and hear about the latest district happenings. This summer, the superintendent will extend his open-door policy when he hosts bi-weekly movie nights at his home for parents and students. A diehard fan of Denzel Washington, the superintendent said he is willing to show Disney films if students and parents bring snacks to the events, which begin the first Saturday in June. “I just ask that the snacks be nutritional,” the superintendent said.

Former Winn-Dixie site to host Drag Queen Bingo. PAGE 2A

BRU announces water restrictions, cost increases. PAGE 3A

I-75 interchange by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

Circular design slows I-75 effort

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Schroeder-Manatee Ranch CEO Rex Jensen says a roundabout design at I-75 and University Parkway will save money and be more efficient. Braden River High School may change its mascot to a wolf in light of the success of its student and “American Idol” contestant Sam Woolf. A group of students at the school, who identify themselves as the “Woolf pack,” have made the request to administrators. “This change just makes so much sense,” says Melody Tuner, the student who is leading the charge. The student body was expected to vote on the change April 1. The results will be released by school officials Friday, following a “Woolf Pack” themed pep rally.

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by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Manatee County to remove barriers Tired of indecision, Manatee County has decided to remove all of the gates to CDD-governed communities.

SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen shows his proposed roundabout design for Interstate 75.

+ BRHS plans to change its mascot

GATE FATE

EAST COUNTY — In an effort to save taxpayers money and increase efficiency, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch President and CEO Rex Jensen submitted a new proposal for the intersection improvements at Interstate 75 and University Parkway Tuesday to the Florida Department of Transportation. In a letter to top FDOT officials, Jensen suggests using a roundabout design for the interchange. “I’ve got a better, cheaper design, and it’s a lot more environmentally friendly,” Jensen said. “FDOT’s double diverging dia-

mond design works well because there are no conflicting traffic movements. However, it is very costly and probably confusing to drivers. By redesigning the interchange as a roundabout, we get the same result with less expense and less confusion.” Overall speeds along University Parkway would have to be reduced, because lanes would be reduced from six to four entering and exiting the interchange. Interchange ramps would be reduced from two lanes to one. Because traffic already is bad in

EAST COUNTY — For more than a year, Lakewood Ranch officials have debated changing the procedures used at the gate at Balmoral Woods and Lakewood Ranch boulevards. Similar conversations have occurred regarding the gate at Heritage Harbour’s Stoneybrook community, where officials have considered jettisoning its Envera security software system. Now, Manatee County officials are demanding a new — previously considered — solution. Tired of the slow pace of hyper-local government, Manatee County is ordering community gates be opened.

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that area, drivers would be accustomed — and may even appreciate — the lower speeds, which could result in fewer accidents in the area, Jensen said. Jensen said he supported the adoption of resolutions March 25 by Manatee and Sarasota counties to expedite the construction of the double diverging diamond, but he came up with his alternative design while driving through Lakewood Ranch later that day.

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I’ve got a better, cheaper design, and it’s a lot more environmentally friendly. Rex Jensen, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch President and CEO

Josh Siegel

The procedures used at the gate at Balmoral Woods and Lakewood Ranch boulevards have been debated by Lakewood Ranch officials for months.

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new identity by Amanda Sebastiano | Staff Writer

New attraction to fill long-time vacant lot Property at S.R. 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road is slated for a Drag Queen Bingo site. EAST COUNTY — A year after announcing an apartment complex would be built on the southeast corner of State Road 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road, the property’s owners are moving forward with another temporary use for the space. While housing plans are being finalized, owners will lease the front portion of the parcel to Las Vegas native Chance Luckmeister, who will hold revival tentstyle games of drag queen bingo on the property. Luckmeister signed a one-year lease with the property owners earlier this month. He found his next big idea after he attended a Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza night March 7, at The Players Theatre in Sarasota. “Our goal was to answer the community’s call for something new and special,” Luckmeister said. “We came up with this idea for them; it’s a perfect fit for this area.” “BradenDrag queen bingo participants look forward to the opening.

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The space on the corner of Lockwood Ridge Road and State Road 70 sits ready for its newest attraction, to take place in a tent in front of the former Winn-Dixie building — drag queen bingo. ton is a Drag (Queen Bingo)” will host bingo nights five night a week, which will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 8 p.m. to midnight Sundays, in the parking lot in front of the former store. He said the deal came together quickly. In May, ASAP

Demolition will take down the Winn-Dixie building occupying the back portion of the multiacre space, per officials’ concerns that the graffiti-covered building might keep participants from attending events hosted by Bradenton’s first Drag Queen Bingo company. Luckmeister and his team can’t wait to show the public their new hub for Bradenton nightlife, which will consume one acre of the 10-acre property. Luckmeister wasted no time in finding talent to run the events. He hired familiar faces after searching various cities to find 100 drag performers, cocktail waitresses and waiting to bring

to the East County site for regular and special events. Hired personalities include well-known Las Vegas drag queens Lady Lockwood and Pretty Luscious, among others. Luckmeister envisions a redand-white circus-style tent, with large, possibly 20-foot, speakers on either side of the entrance to broadcast the night’s events for patrons unable to attend. An electric bill board will allow driversby to play as they pass. Each week, the event will feature different themes, based on public input posted on its Bradenton is a Drag (Queen Bingo) Facebook page. To further the idea of larger-

than-life acts and to draw in more business, he will also place various life-sized sculptures of scantily dressed performers in the lawn facing State Road 70, and possibly throughout East County as well. Luckmeister plans to eventually transform East County into a “mini-Vegas.” The business owner, who operates more than 50 casinos and adult-entertainment businesses throughout the western region of the country, hopes to not only grow his one-year lease into land ownership, but also plans to bring the bustle of 24-hour casinos and other attractions of the Las Vegas

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identity crisis by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

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Manatee County restricts future development As Manatee County discusses its ‘How Will We Grow’ plan, leaders try to slow development until it decides ‘Who Are We?’ EAST COUNTY — Manatee County officials have spent the last two years studying concepts for future growth in Manatee County — but growth, in general, may be on hold. A public records request submitted by the East County Observer revealed Manatee County officials are encouraging employees in the building department to slow down the review, permitting and other process for development applications. “We still need to figure out who we are, as a county, before we let any of this construction progress,” reads a memo from Gus Facelift, the county image coordinator for the marketing department. “It’s like the child who wants to be a movie star and a television star when they grow up. You can’t be both.” The memo does not say the county is implementing a building moratorium, but it does encourage employees to make the construction process as timeconsuming as possible, as to deter development or drastically slow it down. It says employees should require at least 20 revisions each time they review a plan and that they should take at least a week to respond to each inquiry, for example. In the memo, officials stress the importance of Manatee County’s need to realize its identity before moving forward with growth

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+ BRU adjusts watering rates, schedule Irrigation utilities provider Braden River Utilities announced March 30 it will raise rates for water by 20 cents per 1,000 gallons effective May 1. That cost likely will be passed to residents of Lakewood Ranch, who receive irrigation water from BRU, through their community development district assessments. The utility also plans to implement a new watering schedule for Lakewood Ranch residents. Starting June 1, irrigation watering will be limited to 30 minutes per household once a month during the rainy season and 15 minutes twice a month during the dry season. The fee changes offset costs associated with the BRU expansion project, which should be finished by the end of April. The watering limits will further Lakewood Ranch’s vision to be a “green” community, officials said.

+ Special piranhas to populate local ponds Leaders in Lakewood Ranch Town Hall’s operations department have announced they will use a carp-eating species of piranhas to balance aquatic life in Lakewood Ranch’s retention ponds. Town Hall staff began using carp to control algae blooms in the lakes more than two years ago; however, the carp have become overpopulated and are eating good vegetation in the lakes. The piranhas will stabilize the carp population, officials said. The piranhas, although aggressive, should not pose any safety hazards. “Swimming isn’t allowed in the lakes, anyway,” officials said.

A county memo says employees should take extra time to approve permits for new home construction.

plans. It cites the conversion of the Manatee Civic Center to the Braden Area Convention Center, as another example of Manatee’s identity crisis. “Manatee County needs to be its own recognizable name — Lakewood Ranch has a Bradenton address. University Park has a Sarasota address,” Facelift said. “It’s all messed up. We need to help sort out the issues.” For the last decade, Manatee County officials have shied away from high-density projects in unincorporated areas, enacting a “low rise — low density” develop-

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ment philosophy. But a countywide study, called “How Will We Grow,” exploring future growth concepts has offered alternative growth strategies — including ones focused on developing the county’s southwest sector, on creating activity centers through on the county and “staying the course” by not making any changes to development patterns. The county had been considering amending its Land Development Code — and even held public workshops on the topic. According to the emails obtained by the East County Ob-

server, the county also has indefinitely suspended a planned neighborhood grant program, in which county staff would meet with homeowners from a specific community and listen to their wishes for their community. “If we public officials don’t know what Manatee County is, our citizens surely don’t,” Facelift said. The memo suggests creating whoarewe.com so Manatee County residents can fill out surveys about how they perceive the

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+ SMR to open road at a cost to drivers Leaders of Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch say they will open the extension of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, if a traffic accident blocks Interstate 75 again. SMR will charge $8 per vehicle to use the roadway. SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen said a portion of the toll — likely 1% — will benefit a local charity.

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Welcome to the East County Observer’s annual April Fools’ spoof edition. s you read this week’s top headline, “Interchange construction may be delayed,” and then the deck that SchroederManatee Ranch President and CEO Rex Jensen wanted to install a roundabout at the intersection of Interstate 75 and University Parkway, surely you had to think: “Seriously? This has to be a joke.” And, indeed, it is. Dear beloved East County Observer reader, happy April Fools’ Day! This time of year is one of our favorites, as we do our best to get you out of your seats with excitement and beyond yourself in hysterics after you realize you’ve been duped. Every headline, story, picture and cutline from page 1 to page 4 is fake. Sure these are serious issues, but sometimes a healthy dose of laughter is the best medicine for such controversial and voice-raising topics. So, to be clear, there will be no roundabout at Interstate 75 and University Parkway. Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch will not be opening the Lakewood Ranch Boulevard extension and tolling people

for its use. Manatee County is not requiring that all community development district communities remove their gates and provide unfiltered access into those communities, although it actually did talk about this at one time, many years ago. The county also is not slowing the building permitting process as it decides who it is through the “How Will We Grow” study. County leaders have worked hard to make sure future development doesn’t have negative impacts on county infrastruture and other resources. We hope that after your outrage subsided that you enjoyed a hearty dose of laughter after reading this year’s April Fools’ issue. We sure had fun writing it, as we do every year. We’d love to hear what you through of this year’s issue, as well. You can share your thoughts with Managing Editor Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com. Obviously, we hope we made you laugh — at least for a few minutes. And, you can send me a letter about that, too. Pam Eubanks Managing Editor

“All community development districts in Manatee County must open the gates to their community and can no longer use gates,” said Gary Gator, county gateplanning official. “I know there’s been all this noncommittal talk in Lakewood Ranch of making gates transponder-only and utilizing new technology. But technology costs money. So does manning gates. And the slowness displayed by local government is costing me patience.” Gator said roads within CDDs are public anyway, so the gates provide the illusion of security. Gate attendants cannot keep anyone from entering the community. In Lakewood Ranch, for example, Lakewood Ranch CDD 6 board members have debated making the gate at Lakewood Ranch and Balmoral Woods boulevards transponder-only as a way to save money. But, they voted in

I-75 / PAGE 1A “The inspiration for this design came to me from our successful partial roundabout at Market Street and Town Center Parkway,” Jensen said. “I thought, ‘If a partial roundabout can be so effective, then a full roundabout would work even better.’” Plus, he said, the design would cost about $20 million, compared with the $60 million needed for the double diverging diamond plan. The savings would provide funding to build roundabouts at other intersections. “The roundabout design has worked well in Sarasota County, so why not here?” Jensen said. “It seems like a winning idea to me.”

August to delay a decision on the gate’s fate until after fiscal year 2014. Currently, the Balmoral gate has transponder-only access from 10:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., and a security company mans it during the day. That will all end by April 30, when a gate-removal team, assembled by Gator and armed with universal transponders, will remove each gate using blunt force. “Whether it’s me and our team using our muscles to remove the gates is still unclear,” Gator said. “It depends on if I can fit in a gym session that day.” Gator said the county will encourage CDDs to convert their old gatehouses into mini community centers, used for hosting events such as bingo, charades and hideand-seek. The decision by the county comes after Lakewood Ranch CDD’s 2, 5 and 6 approved an inter-local agreement to share the cost of operating the main gates at

Officials from Benderson Development, which owns commercial properties along University Parkway, west of Interstate 75, said extending the roundabout concept westward to major intersections along University Parkway would continue Sarasota County’s efforts to make roadways aesthetically pleasing and create a united front for Sarasota and Manatee counties, who share the roadway. Jensen said his idea, if FDOT approves it, may cause a two-year delay in interchange construction, but he believes it would be worthwhile, given the savings and other reasons. Contact Pam Eubanks at peubanks@yourobserver.com.

Balmoral Woods and Legacy boulevards — the two primary entryways into Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. The county’s pending change, which was detailed in a memorandum and obtained through a public record’s request, does not require approval by the board of county commissioners. The ruling applies to all gates in CDD-government communities, including at Heritage Harbour and GreyHawk Landing. Private communities, such as Cascades and University Park, would not be forced to comply because their roadways are private. A spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff’s office said gates are overrated in deterring criminals and that people should continue to live peacefully. “If someone wants to break in, they will,” the spokesperson said. “That’s just a fact of life.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

BINGO / PAGE 2A Strip to East County. “This bingo site is the first of many steps to really putting this area on the map,” Luckmeister said. “Snowbirds and spring breakers will seem a distant memory compared to the crowds I plan to bring here.” An official opening date has yet to be announced for Bradenton is a Drag (Queen Bingo), but Luckmeister hopes for early June. Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourobserver.com.

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bserver O EAST COUNTY FREE • THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

YOU. YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

EDUCATION

LECOM goes high-tech with new dental clinic. PAGE 8A

Expo highlights community health offerings.

East County jams at first Winterfest. PAGE 1B

IN MEMORIAM

OUR TOWN

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NEW GROWTH

by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor

by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Fruitville plan aims to avoid neighbor’s problems

+ Love letter makes comeback East County resident Kelly Pleasant was running along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard last week when she came across something special — a love letter dated May 14, 1992. “It appears that someone kept it all these 22 years,” Pleasant says. “Maybe it flew out of a purse or something? I keep almost all the notes and cards (my husband) Tim and (my) kids give me, so I just thought someone might really want this note back.” The letter reads: “Roses are red. Violets are blue. If I had any money, I got a card for you. But since I don’t, I guess it is best just to say how much I love you. Happy Anniversary, Tom.” The letter’s owner can call Tim Pleasant at 321-4966 to retrieve it.

+ Feline named for Observer The animals seized Feb. 5 from Napiers Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary are available for adoption and they’re finding new homes. Among the 33 cats featured at Cat Depot’s “Caturday Night Fever” gala March 15 was a black cat named Lois Lane. She was named after the fictional reporter in honor of Observer Media Group, event sponsor. As a thank you, Cat Depot named animals after themes of its sponsors. Lois was among the cats adopted last week. For information on adopting a cat, visit catdepot.org.

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A plan for 420 acres around Fruitville Road east of I-75 focuses on staying ahead of development.

gaging and upfront; she was a strong leader and a fiercely loyal friend who had an “unforgettable” laugh and wonderful sense of humor. “She’s a legend, really, in our community and certainly for the beginnings of Lakewood Ranch,” said John Swart, who worked under Carroll as president of Lakewood Ranch Commercial Realty from 1996 to 2008. “She’s one of my most favorite people in the whole world. She was always a kind and respectful person.” The Glenridge’s CEO Jim Cater adds: “I believe Mary Fran loved

EAST COUNTY — When Sarasota County envisions the future of 420 acres of mostly vacant land near a major interchange — an area forming the Fruitville Initiative — it sees the opposite of the University Parkway/Interstate 75 corridor. For a decade, planners have sought to use public-private partnerships with property owners to create a mixed-use, interconnected community on land north and south of Fruitville Road, east of I-75. More than three years after the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners passed a comprehensive plan amendment that labels the region as a special planning area, the county will file applications this week to get the project started. The amendments specify the unique qualities that must define the plan. “We call this the anti-University Parkway,” Steve Suau, an engineer consulting for the project, told a 37-person audience at a March 27 neighborhood workshop at the Fruitville Library. “We will have streets out the wazoo here (to support development). We’re trying to do a road network before development occurs. We’ve stayed true to the public process — and it’s unusual to incorporate that into a comprehensive plan amendment. We haven’t really planned like this in 100 years. Usually, we react to things.” With public and property owners support, the county will submit a rezoning and

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SEE INITIATIVE / PAGE 15A

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Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s first CEO Mary Fran Carroll also served as the first chairwoman of the board for The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch. In addition, she served on boards for organizations such as the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Argus Foundation.

COMMUNITY

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Mary Fran Carroll, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s original president and CEO, died March 24.

SARASOTA — In 1984, Mary Fran Carroll traded her white gloves and business suit for cowboy boots and a vision to show the world that life existed east of Interstate 75. The Chicago businesswoman began her work as the first CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, then a struggling agricultural operation. But tasked with making the company profitable and sustainable for future generations, Carroll cast her vision for what the 30,000-acre property could become: a master-planned development that was more than houses and roads; she wanted to

build a community. And in Lakewood Ranch, she did just that. “Her fingerprints are all over the place,” said Rex Jensen, president and CEO of SchroederManatee Ranch, developer of Lakewood Ranch. “Before I came on board (in 1990), she’d done a lot of what I’d call preparation of the community for what was going to happen. She really set the tone for Lakewood Ranch.” Carroll, the founding CEO of SMR, died March 24 in her home at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch. She was 92. Friends describe her as positive, loyal, outgoing, vibrant, en-

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night light by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

+ Myakka City Fire District adds engine The Myakka City Fire Department celebrated the arrival of a new fire engine with a dedication and luncheon March 31. With the feat, Myakka City Fire Chief Dan Cacchiotti fulfilled his 10-year plan to obtain a new fire engine and to fully staff the Fire District’s No. 2 station. Cacchiotti replaced the district’s nearly 10-year-old fire truck with a new “stateof-the-art” vehicle a year before his selfimposed deadline. Myakka City Fire District used a 2013 $400,000 grant from The Mosaic Co. to fulfill both of the department’s needs.

MPO inquires about lighting along University Andy Eubanks

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization will explore its options to secure state funding for additional streetlights along University Parkway.

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Although the study was not thorough, Kamiya questions the need for additional streetlights, considering the expense of the project plus electrical costs — and the inconclusive data that exist about its impact. Manatee County did not include lighting along University Parkway on its annual transportation project priority list. “My personal opinion on street lights is that there is some subjectivity there,” Kamiya said. “There is not a lot of empirical evidence that says if you add street lights, you reduce crashes.” Kamiya says the counties may have access to other FDOT accounts, such as the SIS connector fund (Strategic Intermodal System) — money dedicated to major roads that connect to an interstate. Other state money is available for enhancement projects. “It’s kind of limited, like everything,” Kamiya said. “Different buckets of funds can be used for different things. It’s up to the MPO to determine how they want to prioritize this with other requests.” Snyder hopes it becomes a top priority. “I will stay on it,” Snyder said. “I don’t give up.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com. HONORE AVE.

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lacks lighting in the areas in between. In contrast, State Road 70 and State Road 64 — both FDOT-owned roads — in Manatee County, and Clark Road and Bee Ridge Road, in Sarasota County, have streetlights along the roadway between major intersections. Sage Kamiya, the Manatee County deputy director of traffic management, says determining a need for street lights is tricky because of the dificulty measuring the main variable lighting should address: safety. A few months ago, after the MPO asked FDOT about lighting along University Parkway, the state transportation agency directed Sarasota and Manatee counties to study crash data to determine the safety need. Kamiya determined the number of crashes did not warrant street lighting, based on FDOT criteria, which looked only at vehicle crashes. Consequently, the counties would not be eligible for FDOT funds dedicated specifically to safety projects. “We did not look at it from a public safety or pedestrian perspective,” Kamiya said. “Some law enforcement data says increasing lighting decreases crime. Other factors need consideration.” WHITFIELD AVE.

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EAST COUNTY — As a mailman who works the midnight shift, Ronnie Snyder Jr. knows how to operate in the dark. “I love nights,” said Snyder, whose delivery route takes him along University Parkway. And, because of his work, Snyder has a keen sense of his surroundings and notices things others might not — such as the limited lighting along University Parkway from Interstate 75 west to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. For the past year, Snyder has attended daytime board meetings of the Sarasota/ Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, encouraging the counties to pursue funding for more streetlights west of I-75, along University Parkway. At its latest meeting March 24, after Snyder spoke up again, the board directed MPO staff to contact the Florida Department of Transportation about finding a funding source for additional lighting. “Everyone agrees lights would be wonderful along there,” said Mike Howe, MPO director. “The bottom line is finding a pot of money to do it.” Currently, University Parkway has streetlights at most — if not all — major intersections, staff from Sarasota and Manatee counties say, but the roadway

+ Manatee County prepares to open Neal Preserve Manatee County soon will open its newest preservation lands system, Neal Preserve, to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will introduce the publicly owned, 120-acre preserve, which was named in honor of Lakewood Ranch-based home builder Pat Neal and his company, Neal Communities, to the public at 4 p.m. April 9, at the property, located just east of the bridge to Anna Maria Island, on the south side of Manatee Avenue. Attendees can enjoy guest speakers and light refreshments, along with demonstrations of American Indian tool use and guided tours of the site. Neal Preserve features an observation tower overlooking Sarasota Bay, elevated platform-style trails through salt marsh and traditional railed trails, which wind through mangrove forests. Visitors can also view the new picnic pavilion and try out a hard-packed shell trail on the property. Manatee County purchased the site in 2005.

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EAST COUNTY — For Dr. Robert Hirsch, the dean of LECOM’s School of Dental Medicine, providing quality oral care can’t be taught solely in a traditional classroom. “Dentistry is sort of an art,” Hirsch said. As part of LECOM and Hirsch’s mission to fully equip students for the workforce, staff members designed a new level of learning — a group practice where students will perform extractions, root canals and other services for about 200 patients daily. The clinic opened March 17 at LECOM’s East County campus, located at 4800 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., four days a week this month, the dental program’s 100 thirdyear students — alongside hygienists, secretaries and other personnel — replaced their plastic replica human mouths with the mouths of real patients. And to treat these patients, the students used technology found in regular dentist offices, such as X-ray machines. Students will see patients Mondays through Thursdays through April, but will start a five-day-per-week schedule in May. Details, such as the arrangement of students’ work cubicles, brought Hirsch’s vision of hands-on learning to life. Spanning across the school’s second floor are 10 offices, each composed of 10 free-of-doors glass rooms, which together resemble a horseshoe. Hirsch wanted to be able to look over each student, without being intrusive, as he or she worked with patients in their “of-

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The 100 LECOM students in the school’s group practice use technology found in regular dentist offices.

fices.” “I like the way this (facility) is set up, so that we’re all working together,” student Jasmine Shafagh said. “Group practices are the way of the future, and this simulates that.” Talking openly with patients about their dental needs and other conversational topics helps ease a nervous patient and a nervous student, Shafagh said. Patients are encouraged to ask questions throughout the process as instructors and dentists discuss the patient’s particular needs during the visit. Hirsch also stresses the patients’ need for patience; appointments will take longer than regular dentist visits. “Our goal is to provide our students with adequate learning opportunities so that upon graduation, they will be prepared to practice successfully,” Hirsch said. To make an appointment, call 405-1600. Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourobserver.com.

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high-tech treasure hunt by Amanda Sebastiano | Staff Writer

Enthusiasts ‘cache in’ at annual event Carol and Rick Ohlendorf spent a year hiding geocaches for their three-day event.

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Carol and Rick Ohlendorf have found 3,741 caches since they started geocaching in 2010. tinue their geocaching efforts by traveling throughout the state to find one cache per day. Since the Ohlendorfs first started geocaching in 2010, they have found 3,741 caches, and have traveled to Georgia, Jupiter and other parts of Florida for the joy of the hunt. The Ohlendorfs already have plans to secure the park for the next two years. “We like it for the fun, not the numbers,” Carol Ohlendorf said of geocaching. “You find a piece of Tupperware, and it’s like you found gold.” Individuals interested in partici-

Attendees of the geocaching event will hunt for TV and movie-themed event items, such as the “Home Improvement” cache pating should call 322-9752, or 9934755 to register. Contact Amanda Sebastiano at amandas@yourobserver.com.

“Cache” — A hidden object that is located by its GPS coordinates. “Cacher” — A person who frequently hunts for caches recreationally or at an event. “Hanger” — Or username for geocachers communicating on geocaching.com. “Mega” — A geocaching event with more than 500 attendees. “Muggle” — Someone who doesn’t know about, or is new to, geocaching. “Nano” — The smallest sized cache. “Swag” — Multiple small caches, or trinkets, found inside one container; geocachers who find “swag” must take an item from the container and replace it with something in their own pocket. “Trackables” — Objects resembling military dog tags with tracking numbers that can be input online later to locate the item.

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– ! SAILOR CIRCUS Y DEVELOPMENT R EEK R HU T W H 65th ANNIVERSARY H Neal proposes new 120-home S A L Lakewood Ranch community YourObserver.com

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — Pat Neal, president of Neal Communities, hopes his proposal for a 120-home single-family subdivision becomes the newest Lakewood Ranch community. At its April 3 land-use meeting, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners will consider Neal’s proposal for a new subdivision at the northeast corner of the future extension of White Eagle Boulevard (formerly Pope Road) and a future segment of 44th Avenue East. “This would continue a theme for Neal Communities,” Neal said. “Lakewood Ranch is the center of our universe. We are looking to buy any land we can to add to our success in Lakewood Ranch.” Neal is purchasing the land from a private landowner, Loraine B. Riker, although the sale has not closed yet. When the sale closes, and, pending approval of the preliminary site plan, Neal hopes to add the future, still unnamed subdivision as an “official” Lakewood Ranch community. Neal said he is in negotiations with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch to secure the same designation for the new neighborhood. In the new community, Neal will build one of 12 housing styles offered in Lakewood Ranch, but he is unsure which style or price range the community will have at this time. The Manatee County Planning Commission unanimously endorsed the project and the associated rezone of 40.21 acres to

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• Commissioners will review a request by M/I Homes to modify its Creekwood community’s Development of Regional Impact to allow for an assisted-living facility. To add the 150-bed assisted-living facility, M/I proposes to decrease the commercial square footage in Creekwood’s DRI by 10,000 square feet. The assisted-living facility would be located on the north side of State Road 70, east of Interstate 75. The Manatee County Planning Commission unanimously recommended the revised plan March 13. • John Neal Homes is proposing a rezone of 39.71 acres for 76 singlefamily homes on the north side of Upper Manatee River Road, west of Rye Road. The rezone would change the property’s zoning designation from general agriculture and residential single family to planned development residential. The gross density of 1.91 dwelling units per acre is within the three units allowed in the urban fringe future landuse category. The planning commission unanimously supported the plan March 13.

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flexible fix by Josh Siegel | Staff Writer

Lakewood Ranch Town Hall delays repairs to Legacy gate To minimize traffic impacts, construction crews will begin repairs to the Legacy Boulevard gatehouse after Easter.

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Water damage has caused damage that may affect the stability of the structure.

Lakewood Ranch Town Hall has devised a traffic plan for the repair process, which it will email to country club residents. During the majority of construction, the resident inbound lane at the Legacy Boulevard gatehouse will remain open. The first of two complete inbound closures will be for demolition. The closure will last about a week. The second complete closure will occur when the contractor finishes exterior work. It will last about three days. Signage will be placed within the country club and along University Parkway and noticed on Town Hall’s website, lakewoodranchgov.org/IDA-ops.php.  During the repair process, Heise recommends drivers use alternative entrances into the country club, such as transponder-only access points at The Masters Avenue and Players Drive and the gatehouse at Balmoral Woods and Lakewood Ranch boulevards.  Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@yourobserver.com.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH — Repairs to the Legacy Boulevard gatehouse for the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club will occur after Easter — a strategy change meant to limit traffic delays. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall staff members believe that, although they have a permit from Manatee County to complete the project, waiting until after Easter, April 20, will create a more efficient repair process. “We understand the importance of getting this moving, but our contractor for the project (Prism Contractors Inc.) said it would have its resources spread out if we did the repairs sooner because it has a few other jobs lined up during that time,” said Ryan Heise, Town Hall’s operations director. “We thought it made the most sense to wait until after the peak traffic that will occur before and during Easter.” Lakewood Ranch Community Development Districts 2 and 5 are paying about $31,000 for repairs, which are required because structural deficiencies at the gatehouse have led to water damage and rotting that could affect the building’s stability over time. Once repairs begin, construction will take about four weeks. Generally, repairs will involve replacing two sets of supporting beams at the gatehouse, as well as installing new wall framing and roof material on the second floor. A decorative railing on the outside of the gatehouse also will be replaced.  About two months ago, staff added additional shoring — wooden panels connected to the second-floor overhang — for structural support until repairs are made.

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Legacy of Mary Fran Carroll

Her name recognition would hardly register if you took a poll here. Oh, a lot of people knew her. But if you did a “man-on-the-street” poll on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch or Main Street in downtown Sarasota or Manatee Avenue in downtown Bradenton and asked, “Who was Mary Fran Carroll?” — you would get a lot of “I don’t know.” But Mary Fran Carroll is and will forever be one of the most significant figures in the history of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Carroll died Monday, March 24, at age 92. Officially, she was the former chairman of the board and CEO of SchroederManatee Ranch from 1984 to 1997. But her mark in history is profound: She conceived, gave birth to and nurtured to life Lakewood Ranch. Rex Jensen, one of her MATT successors, aptly called WALSH her “a force of nature.” She wasn’t a “grandstander,” or limelight seeker; she didn’t crave being the center of attention. In public settings, Carroll blended in, minded her own business. Until … you engaged her in conversation. And then the force of nature came to life. Those who knew her can hear her big laugh; see the broad, teethy smile lighting her face; and the simultaneous twinkle in her Irish blue eyes. Literally, they twinkled — with mischief. She told you exactly what she thought, a two-sided instrument that could slice or pack a punch. Did she ever angry? John Clarke, her successor at SMR, chuckled out loud. That’s all he said, his way of saying what many who negotiated with her knew: tough, smart and wise. Carroll reveled in story telling, especially regaling her audience with wry cracks about

CARROLL / FROM PAGE 5A blazing trails — taking things from infancy to three or four levels up. She was a fearless leader. To her, action was eloquence.” Carroll, who was born Jan. 24, 1922 — the same year the Uihlein family acquired the property now known as Lakewood Ranch — was an only child who graduated with a master’s degree in 1943 from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She traveled Europe after graduating and held several jobs before joining in The Northern Trust Co.’s Family Business Division, which Carroll considered the start of her business career, in 1967. Northern Trust’s Phil Delaney, of Sarasota, met Carroll in the late 1970s, at which time Carroll served as vice president and manager of Northern Trust’s Family Business Division. In that role, she served as trustee and manager of client nonfinancial assets, such as private companies, oil and gas interests and other real estate holdings. “This complex role required a very sharp intellect and an out-ofthe-box mindset,” Delaney said. “She was one of the highest-ranking female managers at Northern Trust at the time, and she had earned a sterling reputation in Chicago banking and business circles.” Carroll applied her business acumen to SMR’s operations starting in 1980, after a prominent landowner visited her office at Northern Trust Co., in Chicago, for her expertise. Following that visit, she traveled to the 30,000-acre property in eastern Manatee County dressed causally by Northern Trust’s standards, but not casually enough for the seven ranch families who, togeth-

Mary Fran Carroll the local politicians. She was two steps ahead of all of them. Think about it: Who today could persuade the region’s county commissioners to allow the likes of a Lakewood Ranch? Carroll loved to tell the story of her becoming a “rancher.” How this spinster banker from Chicago’s upper-crust Northern Trust Bank flew down for a visit to this 26,000-acre ranch in the God-forsaken, no-man’s-land of eastern Manatee County — wearing Espadrilles. Even though it was 1984, Carroll became a rarity in these parts — a female CEO, and on top of that, a female CEO of a ranch the size of Disney World. Instead of operating theme parks, this Catholic city girl managed cowboys, cattle, citrus groves, sod and rock mining. Carroll came to Schroeder-Manatee Ranch at the behest of one of the senior members of Milwaukee’s Uihlein family, descendants and owners of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co., which from the 1850s to 1950s was the largest beer brewer in America. One of her jobs, she often recounted, was to “teach the boys business.” Seven Uihlein families each appointed one of their young heirs to the board of directors of the ranch. And they were green, Carroll said. When she began hearing initial rumblings

er, owned the property. They made her wear cowboy boots to the family meeting that ultimately led to her appointment as chairwoman of the board of directors that year and to her becoming SMR’s CEO and president in 1984, following her retirement from Northern Trust. “Her initial focus was to bring good business sense to the ranch, whether it was the agriculture or the mining,” said John Clarke, who Carroll hired to work with SMR in 1984, initially as a consultant, to revive SMR’s agricultural operations. At the same time, Carroll saw the development of nearby communities and began casting a grander vision for the property’s future. “We weren’t in the middle of the Sahara Desert anymore,” Carroll told the East County Observer in an October 2010 interview. “That led me to development.” In December 1989, Carroll’s vision came to fruition with the approval of the Cypress Banks development of regional impact, an area that now includes some of Lakewood Ranch’s original communities — Summerfield and Riverwalk. She and her team used the economic downturn in the late 1980s to explore other masterplanned communities around the country. They applied what they learned — choosing to develop the property holistically — when they broke ground on their communities in 1994 and began home sales in 1995. Carroll led the charge in 1989 for SMR to build the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park, a 1,273-acre campus-style business park located east of I-75 and south of University Parkway. Despite the reluctance of Sarasota County commissioners, Car-

in Manatee County of building an international airport east of Interstate 75, Carroll went to the SMR board and said, “Boys, you need to decide what you’re going to do with your property or lose your options.” Lakewood Ranch was born. She taught her charges a unique way of confronting business challenges. Insistent on integrity and doing things right, she often started discussions about business problems with this one question: “If money were no object, what would you to do solve your problem?” That became your road map. Figure out what you would do and how you would reach your optimal goal, then do the best you can to reach that with resources available. This is why Lakewood Ranch is one of the best-looking and best-thriving and growing master-planned communities in America. It reflects what John Clarke calls Carroll’s “flair” — to do it right. It reflects her intellect and, to a degree, a special guile. As Clarke remembers, Carroll was especially good at building consensus among disparate groups. She did it, he said, “by knowing more about the subject than anyone else.” To that end, her leadership led to extraordinary accomplishments — obtaining state and local approvals and public support for Lakewood Ranch; executing the master plan with high standards; and all the while holding multiple generations of Uihleins together to keep Schroeder-Manatee Ranch in tact. When you look at other big Florida ranching families — the Lykeses, the Ben Hill Griffins — they eventually split, divided by strife. That Schroeder-Manatee Ranch continues what Carroll started nearly a quarter-century ago is a remarkable testament to this “force of nature.” She taught those boys business, all right. She taught all of us that and much more. “God, I have to be proud,” Carroll told the East County Observer reflecting on Lakewood Ranch. She deserved to be. She changed an entire region of Florida for the better.

roll was determined to get the business park approved. She strode up to the podium in the commission chambers wearing a purple dress to match the “purple blob” representing the property on a map. “Commissioners were so impressed with the dress, they voted unanimously to approve the park,” said Clarke, who formally joined SMR in 1989. Today, the corporate park and Lakewood Ranch, in total, boast more than 1,200 businesses. “She could talk with the chamber of commerce, the head of Northern Trust Bank and still mix with the farmers and ranchers out on the ranch,” Clarke said. “She was able to walk across different worlds, and she could mix all of them. Bringing people together was one of her defining abilities.” Carroll used that skill and her keen business sense to help local nonprofits, as well. Over the years, she served as chairwoman — or chairman, as Carroll preferred — for organizations such as The Sarasota Community Foundation, Argus Foundation, Lighthouse for the Blind and Manatee Memorial Hospital. Janice Felski, former executive director for Lighthouse for the Blind, said Carroll taught her how to simplify decisions. “You couldn’t come to her without knowing clearly how to present any issue,” Felski said. “She wanted to know all the facts, numbers, people and supplies. “She was very open, but very clear that you had to be ready to present everything and reasons,” she said. “What did you think you needed to do and why? Then, she would take it to the board.” Jensen called her “a force of nature.” “She didn’t have a reverse gear,”

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Aside from her work out east, Carroll was instrumental in developing The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch and served as its first chairwoman of the board. Because of her work with helping plan the community, its skilled nursing center, The Carroll Center, is named in her honor.

he said. Jensen attributes the success of Lakewood Ranch’s development not only to Carroll’s vision and perseverance, but also to her commitment for pursuing quality and avoiding shortcuts in business. “That’s really how we survived the downturn,” he said. During her years with SMR, from which she retired in 1997, Carroll accumulated plaques for groundbreakings of Lakewood Ranch High School, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and others. But, she was particularly proud when a bridge on Lorraine Road was named in her honor. Carroll told the East County Observer that the accomplishment was “validation” for her efforts in Lakewood Ranch. In a November 2008 interview with the East County Observer, Carroll said watching her plans for Lakewood Ranch develop from ideas on paper into a thriving community was the “experience of a lifetime.” “God, I have to be proud,” she said. A Mass for Carroll was held April 2. Memorial donations may be made to the Sarasota Community Foundation. Nolan Peterson contributed to this report.


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TO THE EDITOR + Fort Hamer bridge idea should be axed

two-lane bridge. Look at the improvements planned to help with the issues on University and capitalize on the traffic flow from there. There is a lot of talk about how the Fort Hamer Bridge will alleviate traffic on I-75.  That concept is nonsense.  Upper Manatee River Road, the proposed bridge and Fort Hamer Road are twolane roads. What help would that be to traffic? Just more congestion on a different road.  They are looking in the wrong place.  They need a better plan to properly use impact fees and county dollars — a plan with the community in mind and logical traffic patterns. I can only  hope they start to look farther east and stop throwing good money after bad to build the Fort Hamer Bridge. Even the builders who funded much of the publicity, yellow shirts and campaign funds might agree.  It’s time for a bigger, longer-range vision. Sincerely, Mary Lou Kovac, Bradenton

Dear Editor, I read the article regarding the traffic problems in the University Park area in the March 13 Observer with special interest. I have always had a hard time understanding why the county commissioners were so interested in building the Fort Hamer Bridge to connect Upper Manatee River Road and Fort Hamer Road  when there were other alternatives. The Rye Road bridge has been recently updated, but Rye Road itself is in terrible condition.  Your article mentions several connectors to Lorraine Road, which ends at State Road 64 and not far from Rye Road. The county should be eventually focusing on the improvement of traffic along Lorraine Road through to Rye Road by building the four-lane highway, which was part of the draft EIS report from the Coast Guard, and expanding the existing Rye Road

+ I-75 traffic affects all of East County Dear Editor, I read your article in this week’s East County addition of the Observer about the traffic situation in the East County around the new mall. Like most people in the East County, I am closely following what is being considered/done to alleviate the traffic in the I-75/University Park exchange. It is important to recognize that many of us in this area do not live in Lakewood Ranch and are just as affected — maybe more so, by the traffic. I live just west of I-75 between State Road 70 and University Parkway, and I have no way to get south to Universi-

ty other than going back north to  S.R. 70 and then going south on I-75 or going north and then west on S.R. 70 and then go south on Lockwood Ridge.  Every day I need to backtrack because of the lack of another north/south route. From a mileage perspective, it is a ridiculous waste of fuel, not to mention time. We continue to need another north/south road between S.R.70 and University Parkway, namely the Tara Bridge connecting to Honore or an alternative through-road.  All of us who have to do this also add to additional traffic on S.R. 70, which is also becoming congested. Today (March 21), I was going north on I-75 at 1:10 p.m. and saw that traffic was backed up

bumper to bumper going south on I-75 in all three lanes. Traffic was caused by the congestion getting off at University, and it was backed up north well past the S.R. 70 interchange. Every consideration is made for the people who live in Lakewood Ranch, extend Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Lorraine Road, build an overpass or connector around the mall and whatever they need. They obviously have a good and active lobby. Unfortunately, those of us who do not live in large communities do not have that voice.  I am hoping that you can investigate this worsening problem and help us get our story told. Thank you, Beth Bertsch, Bradenton

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TERRY MCGANNON In a town like Sarasota, which is heavily affected by tourism season, when the summer lull comes along, local businesses are not the only ones to feel the change — nonprofit organizations that rely on volunteers also experience the effects of the offseason. “Most of our volunteers are retirees,” says Terry McGannon, executive director of Meals on Wheels Sarasota. “Come Easter, a lot of them go back to their snowbird homes up north. We see a big gap in our drivers, and if we don’t have our volunteers, we’re in a big bind.” Meals on Wheels Sarasota, a nonprofit organization formed in 1972, delivers an average of more than 500 hot meals each day to Sarasota County residents who qualify as in need. According to McGannon, this need can

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Meals on Wheels Executive Director Terry McGannon hopes to see more young volunteers at the nonprofit organization, which serves up more than 500 hot meals each day to Sarasota County residents. he says. “If they volunteered here over the summer, which would only be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every morning, they’d have all their hours done. When they first start, it’s a job to them. But when that route becomes theirs, and those people become their people, they’re hooked. They’ve found a problem in their community they can help solve.”

McGannon, who brought 25 years of experience in banking to the position, says he enjoys applying his business knowledge to the nonprofit sector to help people in need within his own community. “We all have our day-to-

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son Development is negotiating to buy. “A lot of these folks have owned their land for generations,” Suau said. “They see this as a legacy.” Commissioners adopted the vision for the plan by approving a comprehensive plan amendment in 2010, which designated the land as encompassing “Special Planning Area 3.” The land is tantalizing for its proximity to major roadways — I-75 is located directly west — and for its view of iconic natural land — the county’s Celery Fields, a passive recreation site with diverse wildlife, plants and trees — to its south. Although not part of the county’s 2050 plan, development of the land is guided by a formbased code that will facilitate the types of future growth. Planners say, at build out, the Fruitville Initiative will include 1.8 million square feet, including roughly 2,000 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of industrial and office space and 640,000 square feet of retail (standalone

retail can’t be larger than 50,000 square feet). Other potential plans, which the individual property owners are receptive to include: a community or civic center; a youth center; a welcome center by a hotel; and opening the soccer and baseball fields at Church of Hope, which is located in the Fruitville Initiative, for public use. The comprehensive plan amendment requires a linear park to be built along the Celery Fields. Planners envision the park to be similar to the city of Bradenton’s Riverwalk, possibly with features such as playgrounds or a skatepark. “While we (Sarasota County) are overseeing the Fruitville Initiative, it belongs to the community,” said Mark Cunningham, assistant Sarasota County administrator. “It will be an icon coming into the community when you come off I-75.” Contact Josh Siegel at jsiegel@ yourobserver.com.

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+ Special-needs prom seeks volunteers for annual event Night with the Stars, a prom for specialneeds individuals ages 16 and older, is in need of volunteers for its April 25 prom event at Woodland The Community Church. Prom starts at 7 p.m., and organizers need 100 volunteers to secure doors, serve food and drinks and distribute tiaras and flowers to promgoers, among other tasks. “We use all 100 volunteers,” event coorganizer Mary Anne McDevitt says. Prospective volunteers can reach McDevitt at 742-3972.

+ Pottery-glazing studio celebrates anniversary Arts A Blaze, a paint-your-own-pottery shop on Lakewood Ranch Main Street, celebrates its fifth anniversary April 3. Studio owners Dan and Teresa Barion

formally celebrated the grand opening of their business July 25, 2009, with a “Winter Wonderland in July” celebration, complete with a visit from Santa.

+ Elks Lodge 2855 donates $1,500 to MOTS The veterans committee of the Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elks Lodge 2855 donated $1,500 March 20 to Manatee Operation Troop Support, an organization that supports local troops that have been deployed. The lodge raised the money during an Elvis impersonator show Feb. 9. Linda Craig, director of MOTS accepted the check from Elks members Kay Ogren, Pat Marroco, Kay and Rick Thorson and Reselie and Clay Wakefield late last month. The Elks organization supports various children and veteran charities. For more information about the organization, call 7272855.

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MARCH 13 SCOOT TO IT 2:27 p.m. — 3200 block of 11th Avenue E. Burglary. Unknown person(s) entered a house by prying open a rear door. The person(s) was then seen fleeing the scene riding a black scooter and carrying a large flatscreen television.

MARCH 21 ALTERNATIVE RIDES 12:25 a.m. — 5400 block of University Parkway. Theft. At least two men driving a white truck took two bicycles from a bike rack that was attached to a vehicle. The men fled in an unknown direction.

HIGHER-UP CONFRONTATION 7:32 a.m. — 6200 block of State Road 64. Theft. A department store employee witnessed two men load two shopping carts with items valued at $208.62. The employee followed the men to the front of the store. The men exited without paying for the items. As they left the store, the employee notified the store’s general manager. The two employees exited the store and confronted the two shoplifters. The shoplifters began to run away. One of the men was apprehended, while the other got away.

IDENTITY CRISIS 3:29 p.m. — 300 block of Cape Harbour Loop. Fraud. Unknown person(s) used somebody else’s personal information and filed for unemployment insurance.

MARCH 22 PRYER CASE 9:43 a.m. — 9500 block of 284th Street E. Burglary. Unknown person(s) gained

MARCH 20 WINE-NO 8:23 a.m. — 8500 block of Cooper Creek Boulevard. Fraud. An unknown male tried to buy items at a wine store with a fake Ohio identification that did not match the name on the credit card he provided. The man challenged the name difference and told the clerk he would return to his car and get a different credit card. The man never returned to the store. Allegedly, the same man tried to make similar purchases at wine stores in Fort Myers and St. Petersburg. The credit card he tried to use is stolen. entry to a vehicle by prying open a driver’s side door. The person(s) took tools from the backseat of the vehicle and took money from the center console. The person(s) fled.

MARCH 23 WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE... 8:19 a.m. — 5800 Garden Lakes Drive. Information Only. A man said a person he knows, whom he refers to as “kinda like a girlfriend,” has used his car on several occasions. The man said he recently was driven to the hospital. When he returned home, the car was gone. He has been out of the hospital for about two weeks but has not been able to contact the woman.

MARCH 24 PRINTLESS PASSERBY 12:30 a.m. — 2800 block of University Parkway. Trespass Warning. A man entered a grocery store and was told to leave because he had trespassed the property. It is unclear what the man had done to be trespassed.

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Mothers Helping Mothers Pre-Opening Fundraiser — runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Another Broken Egg, 6115 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch. Guests can enjoy a free breakfast and have the opportunity to donate to the event’s benefiting charity, Mothers Helping Mothers. The organization provides basic necessities, such as clothing and baby items, for free to families in need. Reservations are required to 388-6898.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4 The Joey Powers Leukemia Project Pre-Opening Fundraiser — runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Another Broken Egg, 6115 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch. Guests can enjoy a free breakfast and have the opportunity to donate to the event’s benefiting charity, The Joey Powers Leukemia Project. The project assists families battling leukemia. Reservations are required to 388-6898. University Professional Women’s Chapter of Leads Club — runs from noon to 1:15 p.m. Fridays, at Bonefish Grill, 8101 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park. Lunch and networking costs $15. Contact Wendy Moore at 961-2289 or star.site@verizon.net to

Music on Main — runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The Venturas will provide live music, while guests enjoy food and drink and other festivities. Proceeds from the event will benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. For more information, visit lakewoodranch.com. Jonathan Cortez — plays at 9 p.m., at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, visit pologrillandbar.com.

be able to view the first-quarter moon and planets such as Mars and Jupiter, as well as other celestial objects. The event is free. For information, call Brian Hawkes at 342-9632, or visit lgdso.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Observer Polo Cup — starts at 1 p.m. at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. Tailgating starts at 10 a.m. Come out for the final match of the season. General admission costs $12. For more information, visit sarasotapolo.com.

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The V Foundation by Dick Vitale Pre-Opening Fundraiser — runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Another Broken Egg, 6115 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch. Guests can enjoy a free breakfast and have the opportunity to donate to the event’s benefiting charity, The V Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. Reservations are required to 388-6898. Sidewalk Astronomy — runs from sunset until 10 p.m. Members of the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will allow the public to look through their telescopes from Lakewood Ranch Main Street, 8141 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. Guests will

Lakewood Ranch Community Garage Sale — runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5, throughout Lakewood Ranch’s Greenbrook, Summerfield and Riverwalk communities. For more information, visit lwrwc.org.

UPCOMING: Art Show — runs from 2 to 5 p.m. April 3, and 1 to 4 p.m. April 4, at Center for Building Hope, 5481 Communications Parkway, Sarasota. Members of the Association of Professional Jewish Artists will showcase their work. A reading will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, and a musical performance will follow. For more information, email jmjournals@aol.com.

Democratic Women’s Club of Manatee — meets at 11:30 a.m. at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. This month’s event is the annual scholarship luncheon. Maj. Connie Shingledecker of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office will serve as the guest speaker. Reservations are required by April 4. Lunch costs $16. For reservations, call 795-7608. Successful Women Aligning Together (SWAT) Lunch — starts at 11:45 a.m., at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. To register, email agarland@mailmt.com.

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Mark Imperiale used his 6-iron to record an ace March 23, on the 144-yard No. 2 of Cypress Links.

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Five players had two hits apiece to lead The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team past visiting Braden River 12-2 March 26.

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Adam Scalisi scored five goals to lead the Cardinal Mooney boys lacrosse team to a 16-2 victory against Sarasota Military Academy March 28.

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Ashley Bongart passed up a chance to compete for her first Class 3A individual singles state championship to play in the Sarasota Open.

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Ashley Bongart will take a swing at competing on a higher level at the Sarasota Open. Good thing hard-fought matches serve as motivation for the high school junior. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Perfection motivates Ashley Bongart. The Lakewood Ranch High School junior expects to perform perfectly every time she steps onto the court, regardless of whether she has an audience. Bongart won all of her high school No. 1 singles tennis matches this season with relative ease. The four-time singles district champion and doubles state champion’s focus on the court is unprecedented. Bongart thrives during those hard-fought matches, when she is the center of attention and her grit and determination is tested. “I think it motivates me more to do better,” Bongart says. “In your mind, you have to be perfect. I would rather be in front of a crowd than have nobody watching because then you tend to lose focus.” All eyes will be on Bongart next week when she competes in her first professional tennis tournament — the 7th annual Sarasota Open, at Longboat Key Club & Resort’s Tennis Gardens Stadium. The event, which is part of the Association Tennis Professionals Tour, has drawn more than 30,000 spectators in the past. The Sarasota Open begins April 12 with the men’s qualifying rounds. The women’s draw, in which Bongart will participate, begins April 17. “I’m pretty sure when I (first) get there I’ll be nervous, but (luckily) I don’t get nervous before matches,” Bongart says. Bongart is the only current East County player to earn a spot in this year’s Sarasota Open. Former Outof-Door Academy and University of Florida standout Sekou Bangor

Jr. will compete in the men’s draw. Bongart applied for a spot in the Sarasota Open earlier this year. After the world’s No. 1 junior tennis player could not play, Bongart was given the tournament’s final spot. “I was a little shocked,” Bongart admits. “I was excited, but it was a little nerve-wracking. It’s definitely an honor with this being my first professional tournament — it means a lot.” Bongart’s coach, Chris Marquez, said he knew Bongart had a good chance of making it into the tournament. “It’s a difficult tournament to get into,” Marquez says. “You have to have a certain level of credentials to get in. With her being (one of ) the best (junior) players and locally grown, it’s good for the tournament, too. “Obviously the (biggest benefit) is the experience she’ll get playing high-level competition and new faces,” Marquez says. “She’s already established herself as one of the best players in Florida.” Bongart looks forward to competing in her first professional tennis tournament in front of family and friends. The experience will be unlike any other for Bongart, who will get a firsthand glimpse at what goes in to being a professional tennis player. Bongart will play on a stadium court surrounded by spectators. Each match will have a chair umpire and ball kids — both of which Bongart has never played with before. “The whole setting is exciting, and to be able to be on a professional stage is a good experience for her,” Marquez says. Bongart closed out her high

Ashley Bongart won all her No. 1 singles matches this season. school season at the Class 3ADistrict 10 tournament April 1 and April 2, at Treasure Bay Tennis Club, hoping to defend her No. 1 singles district crown. As the district champion, Bongart would automatically earn a berth in the Class 3A individual singles state championship April 16 through April 18. But, rather than trying to win her first individual singles state championship, Bongart elected to compete in the Sarasota Open. “Next year’s going to have to be the year,” Bongart says of winning a singles state championship. “It won’t be as stressful then.”

In the weeks leading up to the Sarasota Open, Bongart will spend every day on the court, either at the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center or Lakewood Ranch High, improving her game. Bongart’s main areas of focus will be on general fitness, conditioning and drills in the sand court — all of which she hopes will help her in the Sarasota Open and throughout her summer tournament circuit. Bongart hopes to use the Sarasota Open as a learning tool for the future. But, she would at least like to make it to the second round of competition. “Winning a round would be great,” Bongart says. “I know there will be a lot of good girls, though, so it’ll be hard for me to win a round. I’m just looking forward to the experience of being in that kind of setting.” Marquez says Bongart can win matches as long as she’s focused. “Level-wise she’s middle of the pack,” he says. “There won’t be such a thing as an easy match.” Following the Sarasota Open, Bongart will begin her spring and summer tournament schedule, which includes college circuits, U.S. Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation and professional tennis tournaments, and nationals. “The main thing is just trying to develop her game and get her ready for college,” Marquez says. “College coaches know what she’s capable of on the junior, national and state level. Now it’s about exposing her to a higher level of play.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.


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Lakewood Ranch girls track team wins ODA invitational The Braden River, Lakewood Ranch and The Outof-Door Academy boys and girls track teams were three of 17 schools to participate in The Out-of-Door Academy Invite March 22. The Lakewood girls team scored 174 points to win the meet. ODA placed sixth (35), and Braden River placed ninth (24.50). On the boys side, Lakewood placed third with 103.50 points, followed by Braden River (eighth, 33) and ODA (11th, 12). Individual winners include: Lakewood Ranch Reide Ryans (100-meter hurdles) Rheya Jackson (400) Michelle Last (1600) Girls 4x100 Relay Girls 4x400 Relay Girls 4x800 Relay Cree Lotterer (pole vault) Cameron Darby (triple jump)

Braden River’s Ahmad Dunbar, Cardinal Mooney’s Demardre Patterson and ODA’s Josh Lerner race to the finish line in the 100-meter dash.

Matt Srolis ran the leadoff leg of Lakewood Ranch’s 4x800-meter relay; the team finished second in 8:23.51.

Lakewood Ranch junior Talia Falco cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to finish second in the high jump.

Lakewood Ranch’s Cameron Darby won the triple jump and finished fourth in the long jump. Left: ODA’s Madison Shaw finished second in the preliminaries and seventh overall in the 100-meter hurdles.

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Wildcat team gallops to victory way for Tito’s. Crowder was named the Most Valuable Player. Stuart received the Best Playing Pony award for his horse Summer’s performance in the sixth chukker. Teams return to action at 1 p.m. April 6 in the The Observer Group Cup, which will mark the end of the 2013-14 polo season.

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The Lakewood Ranch and Cardinal Mooney High baseball teams were two of 15 teams to compete in the 29th annual Sarasota Baseball Classic March 25 through March 27. The Mustangs defeated the Cougars 5-3 to close out the tournament. Brandon Lam, Matt Roberts, Colton Chupp and Brendan Lewellen each had two hits for Lakewood Ranch in the win. Lakewood Ranch finished the tournament 1-3, while Cardinal Mooney went 0-4.

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+ ODA girls close out season with a win The Out-of-Door Academy girls tennis team closed out the regular season with a 7-0 victory against rival Cardinal Mooney March 26. Maria Ross (No. 1), Mary Ann Rompf (No. 2), Sydney Sforzo (No. 3), Megan Jones (No. 4) and Charlotte Dixon (No. 5) all earned singles victories for the Lady Thunder. Ross and Rompf then teamed up for a victory at No. 1 doubles, while Savannah Jones and Morgan Woods were victorious at No. 2 doubles. With the win, ODA improved to 10-4 for the season. The Lady Thunder returned to the court March 31 and April 1, in the Class 1A-District 9 tournament.

+ Solid sixth inning propels ODA Jake Romine threw three innings of no-hit relief to lead The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team to a 6-0 victory against Fort Myers Canterbury School March 28. ODA scored all six of its runs in the sixth inning. Najee Rhodes and Carson Jungers each had a pair of RBIs. Desmond Lindsay had two doubles and scored a run.

+ LWRBA golf tourney upcoming + Palm-Aire Ladies Golf Association The Palm-Aire Ladies Golf Association held its two-day Spring Fling golf tournament March 18 and March 20. The event featured a Gatsby on the Greens theme. One hundred and eight women donned 1920s golf outfits and fancy attire with a vintage 1915 Saxon serving as the backdrop for photos. A dancing exhibition by Dynasty Dance Club of Sarasota highlighted the tournament.

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Sarasota residents Desiree and Ted Brown looked forward to seeing Gary Sinise perform with the Lt. Dan Band.

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Despite a rainy forecast, Winterfest, a new music festival, rocked Lakewood Ranch March 29. The event, held at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, featured live music by: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band; Kansas; the Atlanta Rhythm Section; Rick Derringer; Jeff Cook and the Allstar Goodtime Band; Marty Balin; Ty Herndon; Billy Dean; Les Sabler; Bertie Higgins; and Hotel California.

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Matt Walden, a student at the State College of Florida, is a singer/songwriter. Carl Bigoney and Joe Smith of Sarasota

Clockwise from front, left: John Bransor, April Tisdale, Jeff Dickson, David Tisdale Special guest Jake Castro, right, an 11-year-old guitar prodigy, performs with his and Shena Bedard can’t wait for the music to start. band.


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Lakewood Ranch Community Activities hosted its annual Health & Wellness Expo March 29, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Elena Quintana and Kyle McPeeks are a part of the Center. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Explorer program. More than 50 exhibitors in the health-and-wellness industry shared information and services with attendees. This year’s event focused on preventive medicine, the heart and circulatory system and fitness and nutrition. Super Tooth poses with Riley Mikelavic, 5.

Renee Matthews, with her granddaughter, Brooke Sylvester, 3, whose father, Mark, is a psychiatrist at Comprehensive MedPsych Systems Inc.

Frank DeStasio, owner of Vibology in Lakewood Ranch, demonstrates Whole Body Vibration Training, which strengthens the core.

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Roses and mini calla lilies (right), succulents, lilies, hydrangeas and orchids (dendrobium orchids)

FLOWERS THAT MAKE THE BEST INEXPENSIVE BOUQUETS: Roses, baby’s breath, daisies, mini carnations and hydrangeas

FLOWERS THAT MAKE THE BEST-SMELLING BOUQUETS:

Freesia, stock, lilies (particularly Casablanca and starfighter), peach and pink roses, garden roses, peonies, hyacinths and lilac. learned that these days brides are set on the way they want things. “Twenty years ago, a bride would walk in clueless,” Rosich says. “Now, with Pinterest and The Knot, they know everything when they come in and we finetune it for them.” And what they want typically doesn’t involve a lot of bright colors. A few years ago orange, hot pink and lime green were in vogue. Now, it’s mostly taupe and champagne. “Everyone wants peonies,” she says. However, stem-dyed blue orchids are big for beach weddings. And coral-hued petals and bouquets are also the outlier. Plus, vintage is in. To add those antique touches, Beneva Flowers incorporates vintage books and mercury glass in the setting for the arrangements, and it has wraps bouquets in burlap and twine. Rosich’s favorite trendy wedding so far this season was a couple who was married at The Oaks. They had a whimsical vintage look. The bride carried a cascading bouquet with fern curls, scabiosa pods and peonies. Two large bouquets on pedestals on either side of the aisle welcomed

guests to the outdoor ceremony. Lanterns lined the aisle. “Candles are always in style,” Rosich says.

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Flowers by Fudgie’s business is 60% weddings. The small shop at 6627 Midnight Pass on Siesta Key does 225 weddings a year, and during the spring wedding season nearly 16 weddings a week. Owner Becki Creighton has been in the industry her whole life. “I’m glad to see some trends that are no longer here,” she says. “I must have made a million daisy bouquets in my lifetime.” She’s glad brides are no longer into oversized bouquets. As expensive as wedding gowns are, she thinks bouquets should complement them. They shouldn’t be the focal point when a bride comes down the aisle. She also favors the color palettes of late. “Girls that want the purples and bold colors, those tones do an injustice to them,” she says. One thing she’s noticed is that brides are putting more emphasis on table settings and receptions than on personal and ceremony flowers.

A feasting table in a vintage theme by Flowers by Fudgie, complete with burlap bows, baby’s breath, lace table runners and mercury glass One of her favorite weddings so far this season was an intimate, 16-person wedding at The RitzCarlton, Sarasota. Creighton did a $1,200 feasting table centerpiece with an elevated, 5-foot arrangement in coral, salmon and fuchsia tones. But she says simple weddings with Mason jars, mercury glass and wildflower looks are just as pretty as the big and grandiose.

Victoria Blooms prefers just-picked and organic

Victoria Warren of Victoria Blooms, 1818 Main St., says things are moving toward a more unstructured look. “We’re going away from the very compact, and doing a more natural, free style,” she says. “They are more earthy and organic.” Recently, she created a bridal bouquet for a couple who ex-

changed their vows at The Ringling. It was a last-minute inquiry and they let her design what she wanted. She made an earthy, non-structured bouquet. “It’s fun when we’re given artistic license,” she says. For their ceremonies, Warren believes couples are moving away from arches and getting more creative. She made a living wall of succulents, various plants and greenery to act as a backdrop for a ceremony recently. She’s also hung glass bulbs of flowers behind couples for a unique presentation. A trend she’s glad to see moving on is adorning bouquets with rhinestones and bling, which she thinks are passé. And as much as they are being demanded: “We’re moving away from the Mason jar look with baby’s breath — it’s a new season and it’s time for something fresh,” she says.

• succulents • ranunculus • garden roses • fresh herbs • lavender Flowers by Fu dgie • moss • baby’s breath • Queen Anne’s lace • peonies • green hanging amaranthus • Dusty Miller • wax flower Victoria Blooms • brunia • seeded eucalyptus

TRENDY DECOR • candelabras • Mason jars • vintage chandeliers • mercury glass • crystals, rhinestones Beneva Flow ers and bling • brooches • manzanita branches • hanging globes • burlap table runners • driftwood

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Salute two Ringling College students’ shorts Ringling College of Art and Design digital filmmaking seniors Andrew Halley and Jeffrey Boos aren’t similar. Halley’s editing bay walls are full of handdrawn story frames, funny pictures and movie memorabilia; Boos’ editing bay walls are bare. Boos can talk for five minutes straight; Halley is concise and to the point. Boos has a round face and dark hair; Halley’s hair is blonde and wavy and he wears glasses. But one thing they have in common is that they produced Shorts 9: SRQ each other’s When: 9:30 p.m. short films, and Tuesday, April 8; 2 both will appear p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Sarasota Where: Regal Film Festival. Hollywood 20, Their junior 1993 Main St. years, they had to pick partners Cost: Tickets $13 to produce the Info: Call 366-6200 short films they or visit sarasotafilmhad written the festival.com. year prior. It takes trust knowing that your partner will put the same effort into your film as you will into his. The producer sets up the location contracts; arranges production design, props and set dressing; does the paperwork and scheduling; and contacts the cast and crew — all to support the writer/director’s creative vision. It takes a capable person. In keeping with the men’s personalities, Boos shot his film in one location with minimal casting. Halley’s took many actors and locations and was the largest junior project

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JEFFREY BOOS Film: “Woodland Dance” Age: 23 From: Fort Lauderdale Synopsis: It is about a father who is recently divorced. He’s losing connection with his daughter, so he tries all he can to reconnect with her, and that’s through a puppet show. What’s your earliest memory making movies? I’ve been filming since I was 8 years old with my cousins. We’d take my aunt’s video camera, back when it was tape, and make short little films to watch — not for anybody but for ourselves. Why did you want to study film? I never did good in school because I never really liked it … So, I just daydreamed and created stories. I was always a D student and got yelled at. But, of course, when I came to Ringling and followed my passion, I excelled and it was a life-changer for my whole family. I’m getting all A’s now. I’m doing well, getting into festivals. I have stuff lined up after college … I’m going to Los Angeles and doing some production assistant work and plan to work at a comedy bar. My dream is to be an actor/writer. What was the most difficult part about making this short? I ended up getting strep throat during my production … And, the hardest was work-

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Country Club Village home sells for $1.55M The following residential real estate transactions took place between March 17 and March 21. A home in Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Manfred and Brigitte Wilke sold their home at 7020 Lacantera Circle to Jeffrey and Beth Edwards, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.55 million. Built in 2007, it has five bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths, a pool and 4,941 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.74 million in 2007.

ously sold for $462,900 in 2006. Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 15417 Lemon Fish Drive to Muhammad and Sabra Sorathia, of Bradenton, for $241,500. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,034 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $275,000 in 2007. Faith Frost, of Bradenton, sold the home at 13718 Glossy Ibis Place to FREO Florida LLC for $230,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,923 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 2010.

Edgewater Village

John and Ann Holderman, of Gig Harbor, Wash., sold their home at 6630 Windjammer Place to GuanBin Zhong and Qilin Zhong, of Lakewood Ranch, for $693,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,132 square feet of living area.

Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch

Guy Selph and Lynda Sikora, of Hammonton, N.J., sold their home at 6930 Brier Creek Court to Peter and Nancy Cicero, of Presto, Pa., for $630,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,775 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $575,000 in 2009. Bank of America sold the home at 6805 Turnberry Isle Court to Todd Eichelberger, of Bedford, Pa., for $485,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,885 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

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This Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch home, which has five bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths, a pool and 4,941 square feet of living area, sold for $1.55 million. $921,000 in 2008. Jeramie Snelling and Nicole Samson Snelling sold their home at 6519 The Masters Ave. to Larry and Nancy Futch, of Lakewood Ranch, for $418,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,511 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $365,000 in 2012. Daniel and Jennifer Brigham, of St. Marys Point, Minn., sold their home at 12219 Thornhill Court to Rafael Sanchez, of Lakewood Ranch, for $398,500. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,853 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $340,000 in 2012.

John and Janice Shanahan, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7811 Heritage Classic Court to William Newell, of Lakewood Ranch, for $315,000. Built in 1999, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,862 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,000 in 2010.

Regents Park

Alfred Lizzio, of Sarasota, sold his home at 8215 Regents Court to Steven and Jean Tuttle, of Collierville, Tenn., for $605,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,202 square feet of living area.

Greenbrook Village

Robert and Betty Pelc, of Sarasota, sold their home at 6437 Indigo Bunting Place to Joseph and Ann-Marie Seckinger, of Bradenton, for $600,000. Built in 2004, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,861 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $875,000 in 2006. Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 6607 Rosy Barb Court to Mark Hughes, of Bradenton, for $314,000. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, three baths and 2,827 square feet of living area. It previ-

Trevor Arnold and Hye PakArnold sold their home at 7625 Tralee Way to David Thomas and Helen Thomas, trustees, of Kildeer, Ill., for $595,500. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths, a pool and 3,732 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $585,000 in 2008.

Stanhope Gate

Brenda Yanofsky and John Mucasey, of University Park, sold their home at 6914 Stanhope Place to PNMAC Mortgage Opportunity Fund Investors LLC for $592,800. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,951 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $669,200 in 2006.

Eaton Place

William and Barbara Mills, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7523

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These are the largest East County building permits issued by Manatee County for the week of March 17 through March 21, in order of dollar amounts. Address

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21810 68th Ave. E. 12283 Lavender Loop 15522 Leven Links Place 4715 Palm Aire Circle 7967 Matera Court 16318 Daysailor Trail 14704 17th Ave. E. 6051 Wingspan Way 6906 Chickasaw Bayou Road 5910 Saylers Creek Court 9201 68th Ave. E. 4712 Clipper Drive 1423 Blue Horizon Circle 6920 Pleasant Hill Road 5044 Inverness Drive 9921 Laurel Valley Ave. Circle 8760 52nd Drive E. 1122 133rd St. E. 8131 Championship Court 10404 Palmbrooke Terrace

Enclosure Pool Pool Addition Pool Pool Pool Pool Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Door/Window Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Mechanical Re-roof

Jan Gille Caryn Lukas Kenneth Cummins Maria Gonzalez Dennis Ausenhus Arthur Mellor Steven Freund Christopher Morton Stephen Ferry Gary Bailey Gary Cochardo Jr. Wilbur Chapman John Seawell Vonda Johnson William Pearce Phillip Wayer Tamera Pescinski Frederick Tillman Edd Dean Gordon Harrison

Amount $215,000 $55,701 $53,762 $50,000 $35,000 $33,498 $31,000 $29,500 $29,000 $26,062 $21,782 $20,000 $17,000 $15,639 $14,200 $13,980 $13,900 $12,585 $12,528 $12,357

510 58th St #M5841853 Cheryl Roberts

Anna Maria Island 941-748-6300 941-266-1450

$2,999,000

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Eaton Court to Albert and Evelyn Baron, of Bradenton, for $580,000. Built in 1994, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,882 square feet of living area.

of University Park, for $478,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,134 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $360,000 in 2012.

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Country Meadows

Larry and Nancy Futch, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 204 condominium at 6474 Watercrest Way to Karen Hosack-Curlin,

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-920-3583

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7404 16th Ave W #M5843888 $169,000 Maria Christenson

Ellenton 941-748-6300 941-685-2411

2506 Nightingale Ln #A3959391 Debbie Lane

702 46th St E #M5844923 $199,900 Debbie Capobianco

2607 Waterford Way # A #M5844139 $149,000 Dana Preston

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Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-705-5510

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344 Shore Dr #M5841214 $219,900 Collette Quinehan

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6489 Rookery Cir #M5844859 Laurie Rastovski

7220 Hamilton Rd # 292 #M5844244 $180,000 Judy LaValliere

6103 65th Ct E #M5844059 $139,900 Kimberly Roehl

6931 Winners Cir #A3989315 $1,890,000 Nancy Phillips

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7007 Portmarnock Pl #A3993430 $1,595,000 Linda Driggs

Lakewood Ranch 941-951-6660 941-374-2920

16009 Clearlake Ave #A3986419 $1,499,000 Barbara Najmy

Lakewood Ranch 941-383-7591 941-705-1158

7718 Sloane Gardens Ct #A3982339 $1,220,000 Edward Haggerty

University Park 941-907-9595 941-685-6154

708 Riviera Dunes Way #M5838985 $999,999 Joe Foster

Palmetto 941-907-9595 941-812-7634

7308 Greystone St #M5842021 $999,000 Deborah Angelo O’Mara

Lakewood Ranch 941-907-9595 941-730-0777

660 Marbury Ln #M5843337 $925,000 Jody Shinn

Longboat Key 941-748-6300 941-705-5704

Anna Maria Island 941-748-6300 941-465-8843

1802 97th St NW #M5844709 $850,000 Debbie Vogler

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-705-3328

Palmetto 941-907-9595 941-812-7634

12301 Baypointe Ter #M5839375 $699,000 Kathy Valente

Cortez 941-748-6300 941-685-6767

Bradenton 941-748-6300 941-504-3792

Palmetto 941-748-6300 941-447-9988

Braden River $1,975 941-552-4200

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Watercrest

Stephen and Virginia Odoardi, of Bradenton, sold their home at 522 Country Meadows Way to Steven and Deirdre Kokora, of Bradenton, for $472,500. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,465 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $475,000 in 2006. PNMAC Mortgage Opportunity Fund Investors LLC sold the home at 514 Country Meadows Way to Clarence and Mor-

Ellenton 941-748-6300 941-920-4573

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Peter and Patricia Evans, of Kansas City, Mo., sold their home at 10812 Winding Stream Way to James and Janet Davis, of Bradenton, for $500,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,589 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $388,500 in 2001.

370 Highland Shores Dr #M5841969 $1,900,000 Jaymie Carter


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TRANSACTIONS / PAGE 13B gan Benson, of Bradenton, for $395,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,661 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $620,000 in 2007.

Riverdale Revised

Richard and Barbara Boudrot, trustees, of Bradenton, sold the home at 4519 Barracuda Drive to Sharon Post, of Bradenton, for $470,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,813 square feet of living area.

Broadmoor Pines

Rita Costello, of Sarasota, sold the home at 7804 Broadmoor Pines Blvd. to Patricia Comstock, of Springfield, Ill., for $425,000. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,549 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $385,000 in 2013.

Mill Creek

First Federal Bank of Florida sold the home at 1706 154th St. E. to Gary and Monica Redcay, of Bradenton, for $350,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,921 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $263,900 in 2014. Joseph and Harriet Skidmore, of Bradenton, sold their home at 1111 Mill Run E. to Dallas and Kortney Pavone, of St. Petersburg, for $285,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 1,976 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $134,000 in 1989. Fannie Mae sold the home at 424 137th St. N.E. to Parviz Malekpour and Nahid Barahimi, of Bradenton, for $234,900. Built in

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1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,827 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2005. Full Throttle Properties LLC sold the home at 13703 Second Ave. E. to Steven McLaughlin, of Bradenton, for $225,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,961 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $130,000 in 1990.

The Moorings at Edgewater

Nathan and Carole Cooper and Danny and Carol Sweet sold their Unit 202 condominium at 6422 Moorings Point Circle to Laurie Forden, of Lakewood Ranch, for $345,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,344 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $265,000 in 2009. Jacquelyn Fletcher, of Philadelphia, Ohio, and Merijill Fletcher, of Bradenton, sold their Unit 101 condominium at 6512 Moorings Point Circle to Mark and Lavonne Dimitroff, of Palmetto, for $257,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,804 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $187,000 in 2011.

River Club North

Diana Pontenberg, of Bradenton, sold the home at 6321 Glen Abbey Lane to Gregory McMillan, of Bradenton, for $342,700. Built in 1993, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,613 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $275,000 in 2001.

Summerfield Village

David and Robin Ecoff, trustees, of Pewaukee, Wis., sold the home at 12109 Clubhouse Drive to Perry Hodges III and Stephanie Levy, of Bradenton, for $340,000. Built in

1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,512 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,500 in 2003.

Magnolia Manor

Thomas and Yolonda Horrocks, of Parrish, sold their home at 1402 64th St. Court E. to David Johnson, of Bradenton, for $325,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,412 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2009.

GreyHawk Landing

Janice Clary, of Mount Dora, sold her home at 12208 Lavender Loop to Ernie and Shirley Trotter, of Smithton, Ill., for $322,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,139 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $295,000 in 2013.

Central Park

Central Park Lifestyles LLC sold the home at 4922 Mission Park Lane to Diana Pontenberg, of Bradenton, for $320,600. Built in 2013, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,131 square feet of living area.

Old Grove at Greenfield Plantation

baths and 2,281 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $220,000 in 2011.

Braden Woods

Darlene Pearman sold the home at 5912 93rd St. Circle E. to George and Laurie Wark, of Bradenton, for $310,000. Built in 1982, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 3,166 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $75,000 in 1991.

Rosedale Golf and Tennis Club

Victor and Greta Britt, of Portland, Ore., sold their home at 8721 49th Terrace E. to Robert and Laurel Shaw, of Ontario, Canada, for $307,800. Built in 1999, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,666 square feet of living area.

River Place

Craig and Karen Hazelton, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 6912 74th St. Circle E. to Paul Granato, of Cicero, N.Y., for $290,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,162 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $318,100 in 2005.

Coach Homes at River Strand

David and Amy Smith sold their home at 10108 Reagan Dairy Trail to James Harris, of Bradenton, for $320,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,424 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $265,000 in 2003. Robert and Kimberly Wilson, of Charleston, W.Va., sold their home at 10538 Old Grove Circle to Jolyn and Robbie Taylor, of Bradenton, for $250,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, two

Robert and Candace Keller, trustees, of Fort Mill, S.C., sold the Unit 2902 condominium at 408 Winding Brook Lane to DLR Southwest Investments LLC for $282,000. Built in 2010, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,108 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $255,000 in 2013. Robert Bouska, of Prague, Czech Republic, sold his Unit 104 condominium at 7906 Grand Estuary Trail to Larry and Mary Kropp, of Green Bay, Wis., for

$254,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,786 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $299,000 in 2008.

Tailfeather Way at Tara

Pietro and Liana Insana, of Kirtland, Ohio, sold their home at 6541 Tailfeather Way to Raymond and Kristin Dweck, of Bradenton, for $215,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,688 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 2007.

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John and Debra Fitzgerald, of Palmetto, sold their home at 15426 29th Lane E. to George and Carolyn Orndorff, of Parrish, for $600,000. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,287 square feet of living area. Nicholas and Veronica Walters sold their home at 15804 29th St. E. to Ryan and Anna Fletcher, of Parrish, for $325,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,868 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $236,000 in 2009.

Chelsea Oaks

National Residential Nominee Services Inc. sold the home at 12608 30th St. Circle E. to Melanie and Kevin Konkler, of Parrish, for $259,900. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,443 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $286,200 in 2008. YOUROBSERVER.COM // Go online for more transactions.

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All proceeds benefit SMA Raider & Wrestling teams.

“Shotgun Start” at 8am at the Heritage Oak Golf and Country Club (on SR 64, just east of I-75.)

Reclaimed Elm Wood Console

$360/team or $100/individual

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(includes lunch/green fees/ cart.) Individuals can register and they will be teamed with other individuals.

Contact Tom Gow at 941-650-4942, industrialmedical18@gmail.com

or John Browning at 941-809-2477,

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

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REAL ESTATE REPORTS

School of FishSwimming Lesso School Of Fish Swimming Lessons

SunNFun Resort or Your Home Pool Or Your Home Poo AtAtthe Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center

Group & Private Lessons: Parent Child Classes, Parent Child Classes, & Private Lessons ~ Ages: 6mo-36mo: Ages: 6-24 mo., PreK, Kindergarten, Junior; Ages 3-4 yr., To Register Call Maria O: (941) 907-8482 4-5 yr., 5-6 Miss yr., & Beginner/Intermediate 6-11+ yrs. ~ C: (201) 214-550 CLOWNFISH GOLDFISH STARFISH Including Adults & Special Needs – All Ages.

By Observer Staff

+ Lee Wetherington Homes opens The Verona

Maria New Swimmers:To Register Call Miss Beginner Swimmers: Office: (941) 907-8482 - Cell: ages (201) 214-5504 12-24mo ages 6-12mo

Lee Wetherington Homes has opened its new model, The Verona, in The Concession Golf & Country Club. The Verona model showcases a new floor plan with disappearing corners, large sliding glass doors and an outdoor living space. “This model is spectacular,” said Lee Wetherington, founder and CEO of the company. “Our team has outdone themselves with The Verona, incorporating some very progressive home trends gaining popularity in the market. We’re adding new design features to appeal to this upscale market segment to blend the living areas together

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Intermediate Swi ages 24-36m

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PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, Junior, Teen, & Private Lessons Ages: 3yr-16

To Register Call Miss Casey (561) 310-9888 MINNOWS STINGRAYS ARE YOU IN NEED OF A FINANCIAL PLAN? Beginner Swimmers: Advanced Swimmers: ages 3-4yr WE CAN HELPages . 5-6yr

with larger open spaces, which has always been an industry-leading characteristic of Lee Wetherington Homes.” The single-story model boasts 3,600 square feet, three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a den, a bonus room and a Florida basement, among other features.

DOLPHINS Intermediate Swimmers: ages 4-5yr

BARRACUDAS Beginner & Intermediate

SHARKS

Intermediat Advance Swimmers: 11-16yr

Swimmers: ages 6-11yr

+ John Neal Homes breaks ground on Siesta Key model

You may want to seek help from a Certified Financial Planner™ professional if you:

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able to have boat docks in their backyards.” The Inlets, originally developed as River Isles in 1958, sits along the Manatee River. John Neal Homes currently is developing homesites in the Harbour Walk and Reserve sections of The Inlets.

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John Neal Homes is a semi-custom luxury home builder. The company currently is building in Lakewood Ranch, The Concession, University Park, The Inlets and on privately owned homesites in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

941 • 753 • 3814 Gregory Pacitti CFP®, CEO Gregory@skyboxfinancial.com

8792 SR 70 East, Ste 101, Bradenton, FL 34202

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Lakewood Ranch-based builder John Neal Homes has broken ground on a new model in The Inlets. The Siesta Key model is one of three new floor plans the builder plans to unveil in June. It features 22-foot high ceilings, an island coastal design and 3,008 square feet of space. “The Siesta Key and our other new floor plans here will have a light, airy feel to highlight this ideal waterfront location,” said Randy Turkovics, president of building for John Neal Homes. “Homeowners can personalize these floor plans with our design team to reflect their specific needs and lifestyle, and all homes here will be

Advisory Services Offered Through Skybox Financial Group. Securities offered through Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing, Inc. (Camas) 2001 Hwy 46, Ste. 506 Parsippany, and NJ 07054, 800-673-3211. Member FINRA/SIPC. Skybox Financial Group is independent of CAMAS.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

OBSERVER WEATHER

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 ANTIQUE ROCKING chair: black, brown woven seat/back insert, perfect, $45. 941−355−7524.

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CAR SEATS Dodge, $100. Forbes 48,000 quotes on Business Life Practices, $15. (941) 739−8758

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STANLEY STEEMER of Sarasota is now hiring Technicians. Apply in person on Thursday, 4/3, from 8am-10am at 7340 Trade Court, Sarasota 34240. Or send resume to jobs@mystanleysteemer.com.

SCHOOL DESK: Early 1900’s. Attached front seat, ink well. Walnut and cast iron. $185. 941-907-8167.

STANLEY STEEMER of Sarasota is now hiring Technicians. Apply in person on Monday, 4/7, from 8am-10am at 7340 Trade Court, Sarasota 34240. Or send resume to jobs@mystanleysteemer.com.

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Boats ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set. Willing to sacrifice for $150. Need to sell quickly! (941)387-4810.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ANNUAL CREEKWOOD Community Wide Yard Sale. Saturday, April 5th, 8a.m.-2p.m., SR70 & Creekwood Blvd.

Visit us online at www.yourobserver.com Homes For Rent LUXOR MHP $450/mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc., Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

Homes For Sale ENJOY THE FUN!! St. Armands Best home is 4,757 sq.ft., Very open & spacious, southside pool. Convenient to Lido Beach & Opera. Asking $1,800,000 Glenn Callaghan, LLC Re/Max Alliance 941-928-9020

Real Estate Wanted

HUGE GARAGE SALE: Sat., 4/5/14, 8AM to 2PM, rain date 4/6/14 - Lakewood Ranch communities of Central Park, Greenbrook, Riverwalk, Summerfield. E. of I-75, look for posted signs at community and neighborhood entrances on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and Greenbrook Blvd.

WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

RIVER CLUB Community Garage Sale, Saturday, April 5th, 8a.m. - 2p.m. Located next to Lakewood Ranch, between SR 70 & University Parkway. TWIN RIVERS Community Garage Sale: Saturday, 8a.m.-1p.m., 3703 162nd Ave. E., Parrish.

Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

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HOT TUB seats 5, with lounger, 110 or 220 volt. Never used. Can deliver. Sacrifice $1895. 941-462-0633.

Good Things To Eat CLAIRE’S PRODUCE & PLANTS Local Fruits/Veggies New Arrivals: Flowers, Orchids and Ferns Tuesday - Friday 12-6 Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4 7275 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd.

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

Business Opportunities JAN PRO CLEANING FRANCHISE: $950 Down Required, Financing Available for growth, Includes customers. Earn up to $10,000 Month+. Call 941-907-8141.

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Auto Transport SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Cleaning 30 YEARS experience. We take pride in pleasing customers. Homes, schools, churches, resorts, offices. 941-756-4570. BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $80, 2 cleaners, 2 hours. ND SPARKLE. We are a family business experienced in both home and office cleaning great rates. Call for a quote. 941-330-4466. Email: norgrasi@hotmail.com

955.4888

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

Personal Services DO YOU NEED A PERSONAL ASSISTANT? Transportation, Personal Errands/Shopping, Doctor Appts, Housesitting, Social EventsTheater, Dinner etc. Light meal preparation/ housekeeping. Call Ms. Schwabe 941-932-2732.

STONE, TILE & WOOD FLOORING INSTALLERS. 20 Years Experience. Your flooring materials or mine. Lic./Ins. Call Joe, 941-929-3000.

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DRYWALL, TEXTURE AND PAINT. 20 Years Master Craftsman. Licensed & Insured. Call Joe, 941-929-3000. FRED’S HOME IMPROVEMENT AND REPAIR. Painting, tile, kitchen backsplash, windows, drywall, fans, just ask! 941-744-7473. STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS

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CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 726-1802 LIC/ INS TOTAL CONCEPT HOME SERVICES. Handyman, finish carpentry, painting, power washing, gutter cleaning, etc. Free estimates. 941-924-5631.

DE LA ROSA LAWN CARE - Family owned and operated. Now accepting new clients. Free estimates. No yard too big or too small. Serving Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota. Tony De La Rosa, owner and operator 813-900-4056. Licensed and Insured. GENTLEMAN GARDENER. Refine your space. 15 years LW Ranch resident. I’m in your backyard! 941-724-5792.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH LAWN & LANDSCAPE LLC. Unhappy with your current lawn service? Try us for free! First week free with no contract when switching from current company. We offer complete lawn care and landscaping services. FREE ESTIMATES. 941-373-5110.

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email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com

CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.

Pools/Spas

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Pet Services DOGGY HOTEL/GROOMING. 24 Hour Daycare. FREE Daycare with groom (we are the best). 3925 Brown Avenue behind Sleep King. doggyhotel.net 941-554-4620. “K-9 BOOT CAMP”. Professional in-kennel pet obedience program. 40 Acre facility. 35 years proven results. Lakewood Ranch area. Von Asgard K-9 Center, Inc. Boarding - Training - Sales. 941-322-0705, www.VonAsgard.com

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