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From purses to masks

BSwanky is making the move from handbags to face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Senior living communities including Pines of Sarasota and Aviva reached out to Gretchen Bauer, BSwanky’s owner, to see if she would be interested in producing face masks that can be washed and reused for their employees. After acquiring scrub material and 100 yards of elastic, BSwanky employees began making masks from their homes. Bauer has no plans to charge the facilities for the face masks. “We are doing this because it’s the right thing to do,” she said.

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Sarasota has set up designated parking places downtown for patrons to pick up carryout meals.

Nonprofits get creative to serve, raise donations. SEE PAGE 3

The latest updates from around the area. SEE PAGE 6

Merchants give alternative business models a try. SEE PAGE 10

Sarasota Memorial gears up for uncertain weeks to come. SEE PAGE 4

Officers focus on education about beach closures. SEE PAGE 9

Churches go digital to serve the faithful. SEE PAGE 12

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YMCA becomes ‘Our Y’ to stay

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Small acts of kindness

Pines of Sarasota is on a quest to brighten the days of its residents with the written word or handmade artwork. The senior living facility on Orange Avenue near downtown is looking for well-wishers to write kind notes and for children to draw pictures that let residents know they’re being thought of. Visitation has been restricted out of concerns about the spread of COVID-19. All handwritten notes and photos should be scanned and emailed to info@PinesFoundation.org.

Donors help pave way for property purchase. SEE PAGE 2 File photo

Our Y leaders purchased both branches for $4.4 million.

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Our Y leaders purchased both branches for $4.4 million.

Donors, deal save YMCA After eight months of grassroots effort, Save Our Y — now called Our Y — owns the Frank G. Berlin and Evalyn Sadlier Jones branches.

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In July 2019, officials announced both branches of the Sarasota YMCA would close. Now, after eight months of grassroots efforts to keep the doors open, Save Our Y leaders have forged a deal that gives the organization ownership of the Frank G. Berlin Sr. and Evalyn

Sadlier Jones branches. The $4.4 million real estate transaction was made possible by two $500,000 gifts from Y members Jon and Libby Soderberg and an anonymous donor. Another $3.3 million will be a mortgage underwritten by Servisfirst Bank. “I’m just really excited and so overwhelmed by the response of this community to help us get the job done,” said Charlie Camp-

bell, chairman of the transitional board. “This is really a March miracle. I’ve never really seen anything like this in my life.” Save Our Y leaders have been working to secure the land purchase since November 2019. They signed multiple short-term leases while working on a deal. But the transaction doesn’t just mark a change in ownership. With the purchase comes a new name for the organization: Our Y. “It really is to reflect the feeling that our Y is the community Y,” Campbell said. “We are purchasing this for the community, and so it truly is Our Y. It’s the members’ Y; it’s the employees’ Y; it’s the donors’ Y. Everyone who has stuck with us since day one, they’re really the owners of this operation.” Because the previous Sarasota Family YMCA, now called Safe Children Coalition, offered the properties at a below-market purchase price, Our Y is allowing the organization to operate its adolescent and youth services on the property at no charge for three years. “We all win in this,” Campbell said. “They can continue to do the good work in the community that they’ve always done, and I hope they continue to do. We win because get fitness centers for the health and wellness of the community.” Campbell said he and other leaders would like to work to pay off the mortgage as quickly as possible to be able to operate the branches for decades to come without other issues. However, he said the purchase could not have been possible without the nearly $1 million in community donations that was

put toward operating capital and the $1 million in donations put toward the purchase. When Libby and Jon Soderberg first heard the Ys were closing, they were shocked. They immediately gave a donation to help save the organization, but as time went on, they felt they could do more. “Purchasing the property was the last big hurdle in front of them,” Libby Soderberg said. “We were just passionate about the fact that we wanted to do something meaningful to help them and all the people that love to be there and go there.” Now that Our Y has the property purchased, Campbell said leaders can begin focusing on other issues. For example, the group is starting a Grow Our Y campaign to garner more involvement in the Y, something Jon Soderberg hopes will be possible now that the buildings are purchased. “I think to have the uncertainty removed from the equation will really send a message to the community that there is support [and] a viable path going forward with the ownership of the facilities,” he said. Leaders also hope to get the Y license back that was lost under previous ownership. For now though, Campbell is happy to have secured the future of the Ys. “The Y is not just a gym,” Campbell said. “It’s groups of folks who really need a place they can go for community. And we are happy to be able to give that to them.”

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get creative Fundraiser cancellations send organizations scrambling to help now while also plotting replacement events online or in the future. BRYNN MECHEM AND HARRY SAYER OBSERVER STAFF

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fter federal and state agencies recommended against gathering in groups of more than 10, nonprofits almost immediately took financial hits in the heart of fundraising season. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, more than 20 fundraisers have been canceled or postponed, which has caused local nonprofits to miss out on millions. Several organizations rely on large fundraisers in March and April, which begins the last quarter of the fiscal year for many nonprofits. One such organization is Child Protection Center Inc., which canceled its annual Blue Ties and Butterflies fundraiser scheduled for April 1. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Executive Director Douglas Staley said. “This event is heavily depended on to balance our budgets and set us up for the next fiscal year, so this will be a big miss for us as an organization.” However, Staley said several donors and sponsors have allowed the organization to keep their sponsorship money despite the cancellation, and the group plans to host a virtual giving challenge. Without the money from its largest fundraiser of the year, which typically nets between $350,000 and $400,0000, Staley said the organization could have a difficult time bringing in its $1.1 million annual operating budget. Another organization that might be affected by short-term losses is Children First, which provides childhood education and family services to those in need. The organization’s Fairytale Ball, scheduled for April 4, was postponed to Oct. 3. Last year, the ball raised $440,000, and although Vice President for Philanthropy Jessica Rogers said the organization would be able to raise money before its fiscal year ends in December,

the funds could have helped provide family services during the coronavirus shutdowns now. “We know that our families are always hurt first, and they are hurt the worst,” Rogers said. “The average income of our families is about $14,000. Missing a paycheck or an extra shift will be catastrophic.” For now, Rogers said Children First will shift from fundraising to provide the necessary care to families, but as time goes on, it will have to work to ensure revenue is strong so the agency doesn’t lose stability in delivering its mission. Likewise, Forty Carrots Family Center’s Firefly Gala grand finale complete with a performance by Pitbull was postponed from March 28 to a date to be determined. The center has about 48 employees on its payroll with an annual budget of $2.7 million. Executive Director Michelle Kapreilian says more than half of the staff works at the center’s preschool with the remainder traveling to different locations as part of its mental health services and parenting programs. Although they would first plan to cut expenses and rely on community support, she worries about how staff cuts could affect the families for which they care. “Absence of funds clearly goes directly to our staff, paying our staff who are carrying out the services,” Kapreilian said. “That is key and when we need them. They’re very specially trained individuals, and so keeping them working is also really important.” And while many nonprofits find themselves in similar situations, several are making attempts to raise the money they have lost from event cancellations. One such nonprofit is Safe Place And Rape Crisis Center, which is hosting a virtual auction April 3 in place of its 40th Anniversary Ruby Celebration Gala to both raise money and maintain a sense of community and continuity for its supporters. “We thought it might be fun that you could be in your own home and have a cocktail and interact with other viewers,” Director of Development Mary Ellen Mancini said. “We’re all in this time of feeling separated. This allows us a time to come back together as a community.” The auction will be livestreamed on Facebook Live and Instagram from 7:30-10 p.m. Auction prizes include a golf excursion and local dinner parties. Mancini said staff hoped to raise around $200,000 at SPARCCle in the City. Other nonprofits are

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Kesha rocked the stage with a mix of her new album and old music at last year’s Firefly Gala.

Chairman of the Board Ronald and Joy Beck, Erica DiDiego and Joey De Stefano at last year’s Cause for Hope Gala

looking forward to The Giving Challenge on April 28 and 29, a 24-hour event that brings funds to more than 700 local organizations. One such organization is Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, which had to cancel its annual Cause for Hope Gala, the single largest income source for Neuro Challenge annually. The gala raises 30% of the organization’s annual income of $1 million, CEO Robyn Faucy-Washington said. The group has been able to retain just under $200,000 of its planned $300,000 event income. The Neuro Challenge has built up a reserve, so it’s not in immediate danger, but the group is looking at other sources of revenue, such as sponsorships for online programs and possible funds from The Giving Challenge to help raise the $100,000 it will miss. “At this time more than ever we need to be able to continue providing our very important programs and services to people with Parkinson’s and their families,” Faucy-Washington said. “We are not relying on The Giving Challenge as our only means of recuperating, but it is definitely a great added opportunity.” Staley said that although several organizations are receiving

“incredible support” from the community, it might take longer than a few months to overcome the losses because larger organizations that provide grants to smaller nonprofits also are experiencing losses. “It’s a domino effect,” he said. However, some larger organizations are looking to shore up support for the community. The Patterson Foundation is committing up to a $500,000 match in donations as part of the Season of Sharing campaign. The Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust is offering a two-to-one match on donations up to $500 supporting JFCS of the Suncoast. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation have recently partnered on a response initiative providing $1.5 million to health, human-service and safety organizations expecting greater demand and strain from the coronavirus. “When these not-for-profit agencies are working on, ‘I need it yesterday,’ we will have the funding today,” Gulf Coast Community Foundation Senior Vice President Jon Thaxton said.

“At this time more than ever we need to be able to continue providing our very important programs and services to people with Parkinson’s and their families.” — Robyn FaucyWashington, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s CEO


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Positive: 27 people Pending: 66 people

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica speaks at a March 3 press conference after the first patient tested positive for COVID-19 at a Sarasota hospital. Since then, 21 SMH patients have tested positive for the disease.

in the worst-case scenarios. For now, Verinder said Sarasota’s response to COVID-19 appears to be going relatively well. According to state data, 7% of tested individuals in the county have returned positive results. Verinder said he’s sure there are more cases that are yet to be diagnosed, and he’s hopeful testing capacity will continue to increase in the next two weeks. Verinder said not to let the low number of positive tests create a false sense of security, urging the public to adhere to social distancing guidelines. And although he said hospitalization rates won’t necessarily increase significantly as testing expands, he said it’s difficult to use existing conditions to project how COVID-19 will affect

Sarasota. “I think it’s very hard for us to predict what we’re going to look like two weeks from now or a month from now,” Verinder said. As the hospital plans for the future, it’s receiving philanthropic support. On Friday, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation announced it had approved more than $1 million in grants to support the hospital’s response to COVID-19. The money includes $368,023 for ventilators, $255,885 for three disinfection robots and $157,500 for a molecular infectious disease diagnostic device. The foundation’s director of communications, Ticia Mahler, said the plan for the grant spending was developed after the nonprofit consulted with Sarasota

Memorial Healthcare System leaders. Early into the coronavirus response, Mahler said the additional equipment was targeted more at augmenting work the hospital is already doing rather than addressing any urgent gaps. The foundation continues to accept donations from the public and is advertising a COVID-19 Patient Care Fund on its website, SMHF.org. Other charitable groups are also trying to find opportunities to help: On Saturday, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation announced they were launching a COVID-19 response initiative “to fortify key health and safety organizations in the region” with an initial commitment of $1.5 million. SMH itself is accepting donations of commercially produced medical supplies and handmade masks and gowns. Verinder said the hospital has the supplies it needs today, but it’s trying to address both the rate it uses stock and the capacity to find new materials. As health care leaders attempt to address a novel disease, philanthropic organizations find themselves in a reactive position as well. “Even for us, this is a developing situation, and we will continue to work with the hospital and do everything we can to help meet their needs as they have them for us,” Mahler said.

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Sarasota Memorial reports first deaths A patient at Sarasota Memorial Hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 died Tuesday, the first known death at the facility and in Sarasota County linked to the coronavirus disease. The hospital also announced the death of a second patient suspected to have the disease. Reports from multiple news outlets state one of those patients was Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital from coronavirus-related complications, according to a spokesman. He was 81. McNally, who owns a property on Longboat Key, received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Reports state McNally had chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and previously had lung cancer.

City, county shut down park facilities Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota have closed park amenities including playgrounds and athletic courts to limit the spread of COVID-19. The closure of county-operated amenities apply to playgrounds, dog parks, tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts and volleyball courts, according to a release. The city closure applies to “amenities that include playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts,” according to an emergency order from City Manager Tom Barwin.

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Gov. DeSantis: We need economic hope This is now a two-front war. We need decisive leadership — and need it now. Florida’s economy is facing an epic catastrophe. MATT WALSH JOEL SCHLEICHER

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — President Teddy Roosevelt

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ov. Ron DeSantis is now officially baptized. It’s a rite of passage for every governor. At some point in a governor’s term, he or she will face a major crisis. DeSantis’ predecessor, Rick Scott, faced the tests of four major crises: hurricanes Irma and Michael and the massacres at the Pulse nightclub and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Great Recession tested Charlie Crist. DeSantis’ test is COVID-19. He will be remembered forever for how he led the state through this crisis. And at this point, it’s time for DeSantis to step up. Big. Bold. And fast. With all due respect, it is time to act. We cannot wait for Washington. Florida’s economy is on the verge of an epic catastrophe. Unless the economic side of this crisis is addressed swiftly, decisively and with a spirit of hope, we would go so far as to say the damage to the families of the 9 million working Floridians will be larger and more severe than the health effects of the deadly virus on Florida’s 21 million population. We know the first priority of the coronavirus crisis was to address the health front, to enact measures necessary to keep the virus from spreading. But over the past two weeks as the list of emergency orders, bans and restrictions flowed from the Trump administration in Washington, executive orders from the governor and local governments, it became clear the second front of this war — the economic front — was rising with the same virulence. It is no exaggeration to say all business owners in Florida are looking at their cash balances with a fear that is bordering on helpless panic. With their hearts and pulse rates rising, these business owners are constantly walking around with these questions bearing down on them: How long can I last? How long can I keep paying my

employees, so they can feed their families? How long before I start letting them go? Will I have to declare bankruptcy? Will I have to shut down? That day already has struck for many businesses. Here’s one big example: Feld Entertainment, the Manatee-based, live-show producer of Disney on Ice, Monster Jam and Sesame Street Live, laid off nearly 90% of its work force already — between 900 to 1,200 employees. Employees received varying amounts of severance; their health insurance coverage will stop at the end of the month. Now extrapolate that throughout the state. Florida has 2.33 million for-profit and not-forprofit businesses. Ninety-nine percent — or 2.31 million — are small businesses, all with fewer than 100 employees, most with fewer than 20. The vast majority of the owners of these businesses are trying to remain calm, but they all are stressed about survival. Now put on top of their worries, the worries of their employees. All employees are sitting at home today, and while trying to work, they also are wondering: Will I have a job tomorrow? What will I do? How will I pay my mortgage? Let’s get even more granular on the most pronounced effect of this virus on Florida’s economy. Consider this: 3.07 million Floridians (moms, dads, etc.) are employed in Florida’s tourism, hospitality, restaurants, retail trade and affiliated trade and wholesale businesses. That’s 34% of all jobs, the largest segment of employment in the state. These are the businesses that typically have the least amount of financial wherewithal to withstand a shock like this. These businesses need immediate assistance — not two weeks from now. They need it now! And to be sure, our government officials are only exacerbating the economic crisis when they issue “stay-at-home” proclamations, except for essential services. We stood last week with an owner of a 60-year-old familyowned, Sarasota auto body shop. He told us in a typical week he would see a dozen to 15 car owners a day pull in to his shop for repairs. The phone was always ringing. Last week, he said he had four inquiries. Or take any business, say, a dental office. The governor banned them from opening. If any business was to be extraordinarily careful in its health practices, you could be sure it would be Florida’s dentists. The point here is that while our public officials are acting

6 IMMEDIATE STEPS TO HELP SAVE FLORIDA’S ECONOMY Here are six suggestions for Gov. Ron DeSantis that could give Floridians hope and assurance that the state’s leaders are taking bold, decisive, immediate action to help Florida’s economy now and for when the coronavirus crisis has ended:

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Call House and Senate leaders back to Tallahassee, and work on immediate economic measures to reopen our economy.

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Convene a Business Task Force, led by the governor, of no more than 10 business executives and owners. They should be people who have been through crises before and represent primarily small businesses of fewer than 500 employees and $100 million in annual revenue. The representation should include a diverse selection of entrepreneurs; hospitality and leisure executives; professional, business and consumer services executives; and construction industry executives. This task force could be charged with developing actions that can be vetted, narrowed down and implemented for maximum impact.

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Because Florida’s finances are strong, the state should issue up to $10 billion in 50-year bonds to fund one-time initiatives. Time is of the essence. This must be a top priority now.

out of a rational, heightened sense of caution (and their own fears) — and it’s good that they are — there appears to be little convincing evidence coming from our state officials that the medicine that is being dispensed is in the right proportions. There seems to be little costbenefit analysis. To be blunt, we are suggesting that public officials are acting hastily and with emotion more than with facts. Understandably, it appears they are afraid to be accused of not following the official crowd, rather than examine the facts. We know the above statements will bring forceful criticism and opposition. But as this crisis progresses, and our government officials continue to raise the level of quarantines, lockdowns and restrictions in the name of preserving lives, there is another side to the scale that must be weighed. This is why we are urging DeSantis, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano and Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva to demonstrate Gen. George Patton-like leadership. They need to show Floridians they know they are fighting a two-front war and that they know they must turn as

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To save Florida’s restaurant industry, we should immediately provide every voter a $100 or $150 debit card issued by the state — a $1.3 billion or $1.5 billion stimulus. The card could be used for food only — no alcohol or sales tax — at any registered restaurant in the state for 30 days only. Unused cards expire, and the money would go back to state. This must be Priority 1.

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Start a second business group to work with Disney World, Universal, other resorts and hoteliers, cruise lines and airlines to bring back pent-up demand after the crisis. In a similar time, Hawaii subsidized airfares to Hawaii. Reduce airport landing fees, and abate sales taxes on some services for Florida only.

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Engage the property and insurance carriers that have claims administration to process business interruption claims that could be backstopped and perhaps paid for by the state. Most policies exclude pandemics and war. But this should be focused on Florida-based businesses and those businesses with fewer than 500 employees and $100 million in annual revenue. If you have other ideas, please send them to CrisisIdeas@ YourObserver.com

much attention to the economic front as they are to the health front. They need to take immediate action. They need to go big and bold. They need to present farreaching, impactful plans that address the here and now and the future. As Patton famously said: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.” Most of all, our state leaders need to give Floridians hope — hope that their lives are not going to end up in breadlines and broke. As one observer told us: “I would rather die of coronavirus than go through breadlines and having little hope like the Great Depression.” Matt Walsh is editor and CEO of the Observer Media Group. Joel Schleicher is a resident of Sarasota and entrepreneur whose companies successfully survived and thrived after three major economic downturns.

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Officers emphasize education over enforcement when finding beachgoers in violation of county emergency orders. BRYNN MECHEM STAFF WRITER

Residents who take their daily walks on the beach have had to find a new route after the closure of county public beaches. Last week, Sarasota County and Manatee County leaders ordered the closure of all public beaches in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The decision came amid concerns about the local effect other Florida beach closures might have. “Our residents and our visitors have done what we asked, but we’re worried about the gridlock and other such things that might come into play with those other beaches closing,” Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis said. In the days following the announcement, barricades were placed at the entrances to public beach parking lots, and yellow caution tape lined any dune crossovers. Still, residents and tourists are finding their way onto the beach, which has caused local law enforcement to increase beach patrol.

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“We’re doing more of education and encouragement than anything else,” said Genevieve Judge, a spokesperson for Sarasota Police. “Most locals realize the beaches are closed, but you might have folks coming from out of state who have no idea.” Judge said the officers will approach people on Lido Beach, inform them why they are closed and ask them to leave. Similar actions are being taken by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department on Siesta Key. Kaitlyn Perez, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department, said the deputies are using an educationover-enforcement approach. If necessary, Perez said the department could take further action depending on what violation a person makes. “The good news is, everyone has been very pleasant and agreeable so far when they are told the beach is closed,” Perez said. Some residents are not happy

that their favorite walking spot has been closed. Liz Harper, who uses the main access near her home on Midnight Pass Road to begin her daily walks, said she thinks people should still be able to walk near the water line. “To take that away from people is just ridiculous. It’s not like they’re out there in groups,” Harper said. “They tell you to go out and get exercise — don’t go in groups, obviously — but go out and do things, and that’s all we’re trying to do.” Lewis said the decision was made to keep people healthy and to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Sarasota County lifeguards are continuing to work from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily to deter visitors who walk under the caution tape or from nearby private vacation rentals. Lewis said he is unsure how long the closures will last.

The main beach access on Siesta Key is blocked with signs and concrete barricades.

The fastest and most effective way to get cash to corporate America would be to instruct the U.S. property and casualty industry to pay business interruption claims and seek full reimbursement from the federal government. Efforts have been made to pressure carriers to pay with no backstop, but it’s not surprising they have gone nowhere. Insurance companies have the infrastructure (claims departments) and data (underwriting information, such as payroll, employee counts, revenue) to best determine a company’s loss of income. American business owners could be paid quickly — submit a claim and receive an immediate provisional payment with the balance settled after the normal claims review process. This approach is superior to simply pointing a cash firehose up in the air as Washington seems inclined to do. It also avoids the appearance of politicians picking winners and losers in our economy. The insurance industry is a talented group of patriotic, hard-working Americans. I am confident that, with government support, they would rise to the occasion. PAUL KARON LONGBOAT KEY RETIRED CHAIRMAN/ CEO, BENFIELD INC.

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Businesses get creative in response to coronavirus challenges From virtual piano lessons to prepackaged pizza quarantine kits, Sarasota business owners are trying to stay afloat and keep the community engaged. DAVID CONWAY DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR

Even after Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the closure of dine-in eating at restaurants throughout the state to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, things haven’t slowed down at Solorzano Bros. pizzeria on Webber Street. Although no customers go in or out of the restaurant, visitors can now walk up to a to-go window on the north side of the building to grab their pizza. Solorzano Bros. still does plenty of delivery business too, with customers offering generous tips and leaving encouraging messages via an online ordering system. A new product has drawn attention on social media and inspired at least one bulk order: a “quarantizza” kit, which includes a package of dough, sauce, cheese and customizable toppings for people to make their own pizzas at home. The spread of COVID-19 and state regulations designed to curb the effects of the coronavirus have presented serious challenges for many Sarasota businesses and workers, already leading to closures and layoffs. But in addi-

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Solorzano Bros. is selling pizzas the conventional way for takeout, but it also offers a do-it-yourself kit, which it calls a “quarantizza.”

tion to taking steps to address health concerns, businesses that remain in operation are exploring creative opportunities to keep attracting customers. Solorzano Bros. Owner Carlos Solorzano Jr. said he sees moments of crisis as an opportunity to do something resourceful. He said the public has responded positively. “I’m very pleased to see the reaction from customers, whether new or old,” Solorzano said. “They’ve been calling us and commenting and leaving notes in the online orders — thank you guys, we love you so much, thank you for being open.” Like Solorzano, restaurant

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operators throughout the region have attempted to remind the public they remain open even while their dining rooms are mandated to close. Sarasota Manatee Originals, a group of more than 60 independently owned restaurants, encouraged residents to support community businesses

Kim Livengood of the Bazaar at Apricot and Lime

by participating in “The Great American Takeout” on Tuesday. A list of restaurants offering carryout and delivery service is available at EatLikeALocal.com. The city of Sarasota is working to accommodate the shifting restaurant business model. On Monday, staff began installing signs at downtown parking spots to provide spaces for delivery drivers or people who ordered takeout. The changes go beyond the restaurant industry. Music Compound, a music school with locations on Cattlemen Road and Apricot Avenue, has launched online lessons in response to coronavirus-related concerns. Although the change was inspired by difficult circumstances and came about in just a day,

Music Compound Owner Jenny Townsend described the online programming as an opening for the school to broaden its reach. “I am very excited to create a new business model overnight and enhance our services,” she said in the release. The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime, a market featuring more than 30 independent vendors selling a variety of artwork clothes, services as more, has closed to the public — but that doesn’t mean business has stopped. Kim Livengood, daughter of Bazaar Owner Judy Alexander, launched a daily online broadcast March 18 that highlights products from vendors in the building. Depending on the products, vendors are able to deliver or ship items. The Bazaar Shopping Network, a take on HSN, airs live on the Bazaar’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. every day, and a recording gets posted to the business’s YouTube account. Although Livengood has a marketing background and some on-screen experience, she said the broadcasts are a new experience for her. She’s learning as she goes — the image on the first video is accidentally mirrored, an issue that got fixed. “It’s forcing us to really think outside the box on how to sustain ourselves,” Livengood said. Are you a worker or employer affected by coronavirus? We want to hear from you. Contact DConway@YourObserver.com to share your story with the Sarasota Observer, and you might be featured in a future article.

Six Simple Rules for Combating COVID-19 Wash hands FREQUENTLY, using soap and water. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid close contact with people who are already sick. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away in the trash. Where can I learn more about COVID-19? Sarasota Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Hotline: (941) 917-8799 For updates on this rapidly evolving situation, go to smh.com/covid19 or cdc.gov/coronavirus

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Sarasota churches, temples focus on virtual presence Local churches and temples are holding online services amid the coronavirus pandemic. WHITNEY ELFSTROM STAFF WRITER

Across Sarasota, churches and temples have made the move to a virtual platform due to the coronavirus pandemic. “These are unprecedented and uncharted waters,” said the Rev. Michael Canon, from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Siesta Key. “We just have to take one day at a time.” The church held its first fully virtual service March 22, after the call came from the Diocese of Venice on March 19 to suspend all Masses and other religious events held in Catholic churches through Easter. Canon holds a virtual Mass at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday. A virtual prayer hour from 2-3 p.m. is also

being held Tuesdays and Thursdays. In an effort to help those tuning in at home feel as if they are still at church, Canon said virtual Mass and prayer are being led in the sanctuary. Temple Emanu-El began encouraging its members to practice social distancing three weeks before guidelines came from the White House on March 16, Rabbi Brenner Glickman said. “Before coronavirus had come to Sarasota, we encouraged our members to make safe choices,” Glickman said. “Even though we were having services and programs here, we started broadcasting through our website and through Facebook Live, so that people could start getting in the habit of participating in services and education programs virtually.” Temple Emanu-El is hosting five virtual Shabbats to serve its wide-ranging population including a regular Shabbat service, a family Shabbat, a morning Torah study, a morning “tot Shabbat” that serves the temple’s youngest members and end of Sabbath

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St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Siesta Key is presenting virtual Masses, along with other Catholic churches, until at least Easter.

Havdalah service. All services are being broadcast from the rabbis’ homes, rather than from inside the temple. Church of the Redeemer Episcopal made the call to host fully virtual services three hours before Gov. Ron DeSantis made the executive order for all gatherings of more than 250 people to be limited on March 13, the Rev. Charleston Wilson said. “We got ahead of it because we have such care and responsibility for our people that we could not risk having a large number of persons — especially at-risk persons — come and be part of a service, so we transitioned immediately to a livestream,” Wilson said. Church of the Redeemer wanted to offer its virtual services with a threefold approach, Wilson

said. The first section was virtual worship, the second was virtual education that came in the form of an evening education hour, and the third was pastoral care. With pastoral care, Wilson said the goal was to check in on the church’s 2,500 parishioners by phone or email. Two members of the church, Liza and High Culverhouse, set up a $200,000 fund to assist members who might be facing economic hardships, Wilson said. Taking care of members in need is a notion that stretches across Sarasota religious organizations regardless of spiritual affiliation. First Baptist Church of Sarasota set up a similar fund, The Galatians 6:10 Fund, Pastor Bill Hild Jr. said. The fund is set up for members of the church who might

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Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner Glickman says, “Before coronavirus virus had come to Sarasota, we encouraged our members to make safe choices.”

have been laid off, are unable to afford groceries and medicine or are in need of help. Similar to Church of the Redeemer’s pastoral care program, Temple Emanu-El is launching a program called “Members Helping Members,” where the temple will reach out to the congregation to see if anyone is in need of help from food and medicine delivery to technical support for livestreams.

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PRESS YOUR LUCK 8:01 p.m. — 2200 block of Bee Ridge Road Theft: An employee at a convenience store reported a man entered the business, grabbed a bunch of scratch-off lottery tickets from the front counter and then ran out of the building. The man took nine tickets valued at $20 in total. The employee showed an officer surveillance footage of the man, but the officer was unable to find anyone matching the man’s description in the area.

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concluded the man was the victim of fraud and collected information about the rental agreement and the advertisement. WET BANDIT 9:45 p.m. — 1800 block of 29th Street Property damage: A woman left her house to go to work and discovered a dark liquid-like substance on her driver side front door and window. The woman said she’s been having an ongoing issue with a family member, but she did not see who was responsible for throwing the liquid onto the vehicle. The woman rinsed her car off before speaking to an officer, who estimated the damage at $200.

NO VACANCY 9:45 a.m. — 100 block of Bryant Drive Financial crime: A man said he responded to an online ad and paid someone $950 to rent a home. When the man arrived in Sarasota and got to the rental property, the owners greeted him and informed him they had never rented their home or advertised it for rent online. The man said he never spoke to anyone directly about renting the property, only communicating with the person who listed it via email. An officer

STRIKES TWICE 6:14 p.m. — 2000 block of Bay Street Property damage: An employee at a grocery store reported someone had spray-painted vulgar graffiti on a nearby fence. The employee said this is a recurring issue, and there are no surveillance cameras in the area that would have captured the act of vandalism. The employee said she would be interested in pressing charges if a suspect was identified, but an officer was unable to find any additional information.

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Eddie Arnold Odom 1942-2020 SARASOTA - Eddie Arnold Odom, 77, passed away peacefully Monday, March 16 at Tidewell Hospice in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Eddie is survived by his wife of 50 years Colleen Mack, daughter Dr. Tiffany Kim (Dr. Ryan Kim) of Saginaw, MI, son Joshua Odom of Sarasota FL and brother Howard Odom (Nancy) of Northville, MI.

By Freya Robbins, Founder, Financial Wellness Center We are facing a time of uncertainty which naturally brings concerns and fear to the forefront. Be Vigilant about caring for yourself and your family right now. If you are either the caregiver or the breadwinner, your family needs you, so stay healthy for everyone’s sake. Introspection might consist of looking at the situation from the perspective of what could we have done to be better prepared for this day. I am not necessarily talking about stocking up on peanut butter and toilet paper, but more like planning financially for times that can take us to our knees at the drop of a hat. Have we been spending money frivolously and not saving for times of uncertainty? It doesn’t have to be the CoronaVirus, it could be the loss of a job for any reason, an illness, accident or death. We never think it will happen to us. It’s okay if you haven’t prepared, but let’s start now. Let’s be Respectful and considerate of others. There are many people who silently suffer with immunocompromised conditions. Keep others safe by washing your hands thoroughly, frequently, and maintaining social distance from others. Think about allowing those who are vulnerable to stay at home while doing the shopping for them instead. Perhaps someone in our neighborhood or who is alone without family might need a hand. Think about how others might be struggling or could use a kind word or assistance picking something up; food or medicine. This is a Universal issue. We are not exempt; people all over the world and from all walks of life

are being affected. We are all vulnerable, some more than others and we need to protect the most vulnerable, but don’t forget, no one is immune from this! Seek Solace. Don’t be afraid to ask for support if you need it. Get centered and balanced in all aspects of life. Quiet yourself amid what seems like chaos in many other parts of the world. This could be us if we weren’t prudent. Rely on friends, faith and family to strengthen you during stressful times. There are many services that you can benefit from if you need assistance. Just as we check our pantry to see what our supplies look like at a time like this, we should also do an inventory of what our financial pantry looks like. Are we a little low on some items like savings? Do we need help with managing what little we have or with budgeting for the future? We are here to help, so please don’t be afraid to contact us. We are meeting clients safely through sanitation & social distancing; we also offer virtual appointments via telephone or computer. Check our website and Eventbrite for complimentary virtual classes we will be offering regarding budgeting, shifting our financial focus and remaking the family relationship while in tight quarters.

He was also blessed with 2 grandsons, Hudson and Griffin Kim. He is preceded in death by his parents Aldrich and Olena Odom along with his brother Hubert. Eddie was born November 2, 1942 in Big Sandy, TN. After surviving Polio at the age of 10, Eddie would become a standout baseball player in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He would go on to graduate from Fordson HS in Dearborn, Michigan. Eddie earned college degrees from both The University of Michigan and Midwestern Bible College. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1967 and served in the Vietnam War. After returning from Vietnam, Eddie married Colleen Mack of Dearborn Heights in 1969. He went on to work at Ford Motor Company for 29 years. After his faith and family the biggest passion in his life was baseball. He coached for many years and enjoyed teaching the game of baseball to young people. Eddie was a dedicated follower of Christ who supported many charities throughout

After his faith and family the biggest passion in his life was baseball. his life. A couple of his favorites include Life Challenge Ministries and Prison Fellowship. In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to them or a charity of your choosing in Eddie’s name. A private service will be held on April 3rd at the Sarasota National Cemetery. There will also be a public memorial in Michigan this summer. PRIVATE SERVICE: Friday, April 3 Sarasota National Cemetery DONATIONS: In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to one of his charities or a charity of your choosing in Eddie’s name.

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SPORTS SOUND OFF ON SPORTS Do the coaches believe the high school sports season will continue?

“I see no feasible way for the FHSAA to hold legitimate track and field championships at this point. The logistics of rescheduling, finding a suitable replacement venue … and then holding enough district, regional or qualifying meets would be tough. And even if they were to try to hold some sort of state meet, questions would always linger about who had access to what resources and facilities during the shutdown, which coaches held practices and which ones did not, etc.”

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“In my opinion, there is a good chance the season is over. … I feel bad for our players because they were working so hard and playing with a lot of heart and spirit. I would hope that if it does get canceled, we as a lacrosse community can come together and do something for our seniors once this is over.” — Brooke Eisenacher, Cardinal Mooney High girls lacrosse coach

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RESTART A POSSIBILITY On March 18, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced all its athletic events were suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns, including championship events, but added it would reevaluate its stance if schools are back in session by April 15, when the current closure directive from the state of Florida ends. The FHSAA sent out a link to its announcement on Twitter, inside a tweet urging athletes to stay indoors because it wanted to see students back in schools and on the field. The message was accompanied by a “fingers crossed” emoji.

Area athletes are staying active despite social distancing — sometimes through unconventional methods. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER

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s the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shut down the sports world, athletes are taking more extreme measures to stay in shape. Some high school athletes, such as Cardinal Mooney High beach volleyball senior Sophia Hritz, have even done the unthinkable: chores. “I have been raking a lot of leaves and putting them in bags,” Hritz said. “To me, that’s a workout. I get covered in the same amount of sweat, right? I’d rather be doing that than lying in my room all day.” Hritz has also stayed busy by

painting her family’s laundry room yellow — she might add a clothesline design later, she said — and creating a doghouse for her two Boston terriers, Apollo and Fenway, out of cardboard. It now sits in the living room, Hritz said, and the dogs have taken a shine to it. Hritz has done regular exercises too. Her mother, Sally, a veteran of the fitness industry, has given her a schedule to follow. Every other day involves something to get the blood pumping, whether that is going for an uphill run at Celery Fields, doing sit-ups and air squats in her room or swimming in the family’s backyard pool. The one thing she cannot do by herself is practice her sport. Outside of Mooney, Hritz also plays for the Siesta Key Juniors club team, as do a handful of other Cougars. That team qualified for the 2020 AAU Junior Volleyball National Championships in Orlando, Hritz said, but that SEE EXCUSES, PAGE 17

Above: Cardinal Mooney senior Sophia Hritz, here with Coach Chad Sutton, says not being able to practice volleyball with her teammates has been difficult. Above left: Sarasota High senior Adrien Zambaux says he has been continuing to run while staying at home.


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Coronavirus delays Dick Vitale Gala

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n Dick Vitale’s mind, there was no other choice. The 2020 Dick Vitale Gala, scheduled for May 8 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, had to be moved. The gala will now be held Sept. 4 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The honorees will also remain the same, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians, Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith scheduled to attend. Even though other organizations, such as the School District of Manatee County, are still hoping for an April return to normalcy, Vitale, a Hall of Fame college basketball announcer and a Lakewood Ranch resident, said he gave no thought to playing “wait and see.” “It is obvious that this is going to last a while,” Vitale said. “We had to put people’s health and safety first. We could not wait to see what happens in a month. We had to make sure our honored guests could still attend, and The Ritz-Carlton did not have many open dates. It was almost booked completely, so we had to adjust now.” Vitale said he had multiple donors tell him that even if the event remained in May, their companies have implemented flight restrictions that would not have allowed them to attend. The September date is best for everyone, he said.

Until then, Vitale said he remains dedicated to raising as much money for the event as he can. Ever the optimist, Vitale is once again hoping to beat last year’s mark of $4.3 million raised, with a goal of $5 million. “I might be shooting for the stars here, but I’m going to try my best,” Vitale said. “I can’t worry about the pandemic when I am making calls. I cannot allow it to hold back my energy and my enthusiasm. I know it is a tough time. It is Struggle City right now for a lot of people. But I have to try. We are working 24/7. We have to do our best to raise money for these kids. People know their own finances. They know if they can donate.” In the meantime, Vitale is reacting to the pandemic like most people. He said he is staying home when possible and sanitizes his hands so often that he “can’t even count the number of times in a day.” When not securing donations, Vitale is busy doing radio spots for various stations. Normally, this would be Vitale’s busiest time of the year, breaking down the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament for ESPN. Not this year. The tournament was canceled, and Vitale thinks that, too, was the right move. “I love college basketball,” Vitale said. “I feel empty without it, but it has to go on the back burner right now. This is no time

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Dick Vitale said he had no choice but to move the 2020 Dick Vitale Gala to September. Here, Vitale (center, back) poses with his “All-Courageous Team” at the 2019 event.

to be selfish. “We have to listen to the experts. We have to follow the rules put in place by the medical world. This virus can be dangerous if you do not listen and stay 6-8 feet apart and everything else.” In an ideal world, Vitale would have loved to host the event in May as originally scheduled. Unfortunately, nothing about the world is ideal right now.

Moving the gala is the right move, and I cannot wait to be there in September.

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

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ing again is not an option. Elsewhere, entire teams have come together, at least digitally, to provide fans with entertainment. On Tuesday, the Riverview High girls lacrosse team released a video of players “passing” a ball to one another with flair while at their own homes. The video was accompanied by a message to stay safe and continue social distancing when possible. The team’s players have also been conducting workouts together via FaceTime to try to regain a semblance of togetherness while remaining apart.

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event, scheduled for May 22-25, is in jeopardy. Missing two teams’ worth of friends has been difficult, Hritz said, as has not being able to work on her skills or lift weights in the gym. Hritz said she sometimes views practice as an annoyance, but she would welcome it now. “Not having it right now is sad,” Hritz said. “I didn’t know the last match I played was going to be my last match for a while. If we got to practice now, my heart would be a lot more in it.” Sarasota High boys track and field senior Adrien Zambaux is also still getting in work despite the conditions. On Monday, Zambaux ran 6 miles, split into 2-mile segments, with strength training in between each. Tuesday was a recovery day, he said, where he only puts in light work for 30-45 minutes. On Wednesday, it was back to the hard stuff. “I have goals I need to hit, whether at a school meet or on my own,” said Zambaux, a distance runner. “I want to get in the low 4:20s in the mile, or even break 4:20.” Zambaux said he also wants to make it to the state meet, assuming there is one. Focusing on these goals, he said, has made putting in the work easier. There’s less temptation to slack off if you remember why you’re working, he said. It’s still difficult. Not having teammates running with you to keep up the pace has been an odd chance, Zambaux said. Right now, odd has to be OK because waiting for things to return to normal before practic-

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STEP RIGHT UP What will it take to get Sarasotans out of their cars? According to city leaders, it has to be the shoes. And the water bottles. And the …

PRESSING ON WITH LAUGHS “In these trying times.” How many times have you heard that recently? We at the Observer sure have heard it a lot. We decided that we all needed a laugh, so we pressed on with our April Fools’ Day tradition of having a little fun and hopefully pass along a little joy.

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As the city considers redesigning streets to make it easier to get around on foot or on a bicycle, staff members have heard a common refrain from critics of promoting multimodal transportation in an auto-centric community. Some residents say Sarasota will never be a good fit for pedestrians and cyclists. No matter what you do, they say, you just can’t persuade many people to give up the air-conditioned confines of a car in favor of a bike when the temperatures spike above 90 degrees — or get people to walk to work on a summer morning knowing a downpour could hit any time. City officials say they’ve considered this point of view. They acknowledge there are some structural challenges, but they’re willing to invest significant resources to overcome them. On Wednesday, April 1, the City Commission is set to vote on a $9.5 million pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure program. The infrastructure isn’t wider sidewalks or bicycle lanes; instead, they’re accessories targeted at the public in hopes of persuading them to cut down on car trips. The city is proposing giving away a goodie bag to each city resident that includes a pair of sneakers, earbuds, a water bottle, a battery-operated fan and two umbrellas — one for rain, another to provide shade when it’s sunny. City leaders are optimistic the plan, developed by an independent transportation consultant, will kick-start interest in walking and biking. “It might seem like a steep price to pay, but a grassroots initiative to make walking more comfort-

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able is the most effective way to inspire change,” consultant Ren McCormack said. “And we’re really emphasizing comfort here. Custom fitting 57,000 pairs of sneakers isn’t cheap.” Although city officials are optimistic the goodie bags will give way to more pedestrian and bike activity, some residents aren’t convinced — and argue a switch away from cars could actually pose a different sort of risk to the public. The newly formed activist group Sarasotans for Prioritizing Each and Every Driver shared the results of an independently commissioned study that suggested the presence of umbrellas on more heavily trafficked sidewalks could cause a more than 200% increase in the number of pedestrian-onpedestrian collisions. “Imagine just two people trying to get past each other on Fruitville Road if they’re each carrying a parasol,” SPEED Founder Otto Mobley said. “The city is laying the foundation for a poking-related catastrophe. The only people who will benefit from this plan is the eye patch industry.”

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Gasps filled the room at a recent press briefing at the world headquarters of the Marine Association of Turtle Experts in Defuniak Springs to deliver a news presentation entitled “2020: Shell We Dance?” MATE leaders said a similar phenomenon has already taken place on beaches of Brazil and Australia, where it’s summer. Some popular beach sites, such as Bondi Beach and Copacabana, have been overrun with nesting turtles, often obscuring the sand. “Turtles, especially male turtles, have never been happier and healthier,” said Shelly Kemp, a principal biologist with MATE. “It’s really off the charts the difference between a year ago and today. I dare say there isn’t a female within 300 miles of Florida that isn’t making her way to the gulf beaches right now.” Indeed, GPS tracks of tagged female turtles show shocking uniformity in their tracks toward Florida. “And those are just the ones we have tagged,” Kemp said. “For every one tagged turtle, there are probably 200 or more that aren’t tagged but are probably swimming right alongside.” Kemp also highlighted the activities of Smiley, a male leatherback first tagged with a 12-pound short-wave radio transmitter in 1967 at the age of 87. He was rediscovered, still with the archaic gear strapped to his shell, and retagged in 2014. Kemp said Smiley’s valentine-shaped GPS track in the Gulf of Mexico intersects with the tracks of at least 27 female turtles. “We’re scientists; we’re not turtle mind readers,” Kemp said. “I wish I knew what was going on his brain. That valentine shape really shocked us.”

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Top choice confounds library County library leaders are puzzled that a 1980s-era detective series featuring a folksy lead character is the most requested and downloaded video title systemwide. Episodes of “Matlock,” starring Andy Griffith, are hard to keep on the real shelves and the virtual ones, library spokeswoman Lotta Libre said. “Even the VHS cassettes come in and go right out.’’ The simple, formulaic TV series’ popularity is a bit of a disappointment for library managers, who said it will be hard to justify purchases of more cerebral titles if there’s a real demand for 19861995 series that ran on NBC and ABC. Libre said the library is beginning to regret its 2019 decision to buy 100 DVD copies of the 1981 film “My Dinner with Andre.” “We haven’t even unpacked the box yet,” Libre said.

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S I E S TA K E Y 4934 Commonwealth Drive Jennifer Linehan 941-266-7555 A4423999 $1,995,000

S I E S TA K E Y 4712 Higel Avenue Sara Ferguson 941-320-2709 A4455114 $1,995,000

S A R A S O TA 5021 Brywill Circle Nora Johnson & Klaus Lang 941-809-1700 A4456544 $1,985,000

S A R A S O TA 300 S Pineapple Avenue 701 Robert Lindeman & Nancy Lindeman 941-504-2123 A4424550 $1,750,000

S I E S TA K E Y 1102 Horizon View Drive Rudy Dudon 941-234-3991 A4447448 $1,587,900

S A R A S O TA 114 N Warbler Lane Douglas Parks 941-400-9087 A4456336 $1,549,000

S A R A S O TA 1825 Rose Street Monica Verinder 941-704-4040 A4462202 $1,499,999

S A R A S O TA 4700 Windsor Park Connie Lyke Brown 941-302-1214 A4448894 $1,399,900

S A R A S O TA 422 S Washington Drive Ann Martin & Joanna Benante 941-356-7717 A4448176 $1,349,000

S A R A S O TA 111 S Pineapple Avenue 1107 Cole Collins 941-350-8360 A4461923 $1,289,000

S I E S TA K E Y 824 Idlewild Way Annemarie Boerner 941-350-9408 A4460251 $1,095,000

S A R A S O TA 529 Blue Jay Place Diana Kryszak 941-993-4078 A4462163 $839,000

S I E S TA K E Y 614 Treasure Boat Way Susan Zivkovic Katanic 941-400-0601 A4463097 $685,000

S A R A S O TA 8291 Deerbrook Circle Stephanie O'Sullivan 941-504-0978 A4461749 $619,000

S A R A S O TA 11196 Whimbrel Lane Kathleen Griffin & Debbie Daviadoff 941-302-3979 A4457672 $600,000

S A R A S O TA 3864 Royal Hammock Boulevard Kathleen Carbone P.A. 941-228-8429 A4462513 $564,500

S A R A S O TA 7516 Aguila Drive Barbara A Milian, PA & Ian Addy, PA 941-504-0660 A4459905 $535,000

VENICE 448 Palmetto Court B5 Edie Lomason 941-320-6298 N6109553 $529,900

VENICE 4944 Bella Terra Drive Crystal Cosby 571-230-5013 A4462009 $474,000

L A K E WO O D R A N C H 13839 Wood Duck Circle Toma Milbank & Rebecca Milbank 941-720-5174 A4462689 $425,000

OSPREY 763 Fordingbridge Way Lisa Harris 707-337-2615 A4460496 $414,900

S A R A S O TA 707 S Gulfstream Avenue 806 Judy Wright 941-232-8041 A4431095 $325,000

S A R A S O TA 2651 Nodosa Drive Natalia Armonda 941-373-5743 A4462955 $299,000

VENICE 1522 Gondola Park Drive 1522 Scott Johnston 941-232-5482 N6109579 $237,000

S A R A S O TA 6433 Collingwood Circle 17 Stuart Lawrence & Laura Lawrence 941-894-4001 A4462585 $215,000

S A R A S O TA 1572 Stewart Drive 608 Peter Salefsky & Douglas Fedish 941-724-5107 A4462533 $189,000

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S I E S TA K E Y 5880 Midnight Pass Road 911 Linda Stowe 941-228-5685 A4462559 $2,500,000

S I E S TA K E Y 301 Beach Road 301-1 Brian Loebker & Jonathan Abrams 941-735-4393 A4438015 $2,495,000

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home in Harbor Acres tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Albert Esformes and Robin Mason Esformes, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1500 Harbor Drive to John Compton, trustee, of Sarasota, for $2.9 million. Built in 1948, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 4,131 square feet of living area. It sold for $978,000 in 1999.

SARASOTA

BAYWINDS ESTATES SRQ Holdings Inc. sold the home at 1655 Bay Harbor Lane to David Musket, of Sarasota, for $2.7 million. Built in 2003, it has five bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, a pool and 6,402 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.2 million in 2009.

DESOTA PARK

Gregory and Alice Goebel, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 1931 Clematis St. to George and Theresa Iacono, of Sarasota, for $1.9 million. Built in 2009, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,629 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.32 million in 2014. CHEROKEE PARK

Thomas Rao, of Sarasota, sold his home at 1606 North Drive to Reese and Chelsea Dunbar, of Sarasota, for $1.85 million. Built in 1998, it has five bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 5,538 square feet of living area. It sold for $825,000 in 1999.

SIESTA KEY

Siesta Key Douglas and Nancy Dorsay, of Siesta Key, sold their home at 5143 Dewey Place to Peter and Jeannette Postma, of Siesta Key, for $1.5 million. Built in 1975, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,043 square feet of living area. It sold for $370,000 in 1998.

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Toby Kaulkin sold the Unit 603 condominium at 401 S. Palm Ave. to Albert and Robin Esformes, of Sarasota, for $2.1 million. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 2,975 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.32 million in 2006.

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AQUALANE ESTATES JJ&N Development LLC sold the home at 1630 Meadowood St. to Brian and Monica Lodwig, of Sarasota, for $1.4 million. Built in 1979, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,798 square feet of living area. It sold for $840,000 in 2019.

The home at 1500 Harbor Drive was built in 1948.

Legacy Estates on Palmer Ranch Nancy Sharigan, of West Palm Beach, sold her home at 12016 Legacy Estates Blvd. to Owen and Karen Hager, trustees, of Sarasota, for $940,000. Built in 2017, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 3,639 square feet of living area. It sold for $905,700 in 2017.

Oaks II Timothy Smith and Cassandra Nisbet, of Osprey, sold their home at 384 Bunker Hill to Ellen Moore, of Osprey, for $1.03 million. Built in 1997, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,794 square feet of living area. It sold for $950,000 in 2014.

NOKOMIS

Mission Valley Estates U.S. Bank Trust, trustee, sold the home at 1430 Ewing St. to Douglas Zimmerman and Susan Gendron, of Nokomis, for $510,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,379 square feet of living area. It sold for $231,300 in 1999.

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Golden Gate Point Ventures LLC sold the Unit 302 condominium at 609 Golden Gate Point to Ignacio and Deborah Cortina, of Neenah, Wis., for $1.4 million. Built in 2019, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,462 square feet of living area.

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2004 S. Osprey Ave.

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Thomas Maxfield

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David Arcara

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Charlie Shrem

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1780 Floyd St.

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William Elliott IV

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Monica Lord

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Matthew Quattro

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1686 North Drive

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Joshua Mangum

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4840 Eastchester Drive

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Nancy Brown

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S I E S TA K E Y 915 Seaside Drive 605 A4452565 $2,590,000

S A R A S O TA 950 Pomelo Avenue A4457735 $1,975,000

S A R A S O TA 111 S Pineapple Avenue 606 A4453605 $1,225,000

S A R A S O TA 1770 Benjamin Franklin Drive 303 A4436112 $545,000

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437 Walls Way

Re-roof

Tahereh Karimizadegan $127,390

7195 Del Lago Drive

Alterations

Jerry Herke

$63,000

408 Walls Way

Pool/Spa

Morris Washington

$61,500

5818 Wildwood Ave.

Addition

Christopher Wenzel

$60,748

8167 Shadow Pine Way

Re-roof

Robert Jones Jr.

$43,650

2278 Sonoma Drive E.

Windows/Shutters Philip Dussault

$39,250

5110 Sandy Beach Ave.

Seawall

$38,400

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Health Matters

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Coming Thursday, April 16

SIESTA KEY "Windward Passage" $ 1,224,000

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shirleydab@comcast.net

www.sarasotasunset.com

Mortgage Amortization Table

• 78% of Sarasota/Manatee adults are actively engaged with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Monthly Payments per $1,000.

• 55% of Sarasota/Manatee adults use newspapers and magazines as sources of health-related information.

%RATE

10-YEARS

15-YEARS

20-YEARS

25-YEARS

17.97

9.66

6.91

5.55

4.74

4.22

3.5

18.19

9.89

7.15

5.80

5.01

4.49

4.0

18.42

10.12

7.40

6.06

5.28

4.77

4.5

18.64

10.36

7.65

6.33

5.56

5.07

5.0

18.87

10.61

7.91

6.60

5.85

5.37

5.5

19.10

10.85

8.17

6.88

6.14

5.68

• $1.68 Billion is spent annually on health care services in Sarasota / Manatee counties.

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FORECAST

NATURE’S BEAUTY WITH

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 High: 84 Low: 67 Chance of rain: 20%

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 High: 85 Low: 68 Chance of rain: 10%

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 High: 85 Low: 67 Chance of rain: 10%

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Chris Tarrant captured this sunset on Siesta Key.

Submit your photos at YourObserver.com/Weather. All submissions will be entered for the 2020-21 Weather and Nature photo contest. Contest details to come.

High: 85 Low: 68 Chance of rain: 10%

SUNRISE / SUNSET

Sunrise Sunset

Thursday, March 26 7:27a 7:45p Friday, March 27

7:25a 7:45p

Saturday, March 28 7:24a 7:46p Sunday, March 29

7:23a 7:46p

Monday, March 30

7:22a 7:47p

Tuesday, March 31

7:21a 7:47p

Wednesday, April 1

7:20a 7:48p

MOON PHASES

April 14 Last

April 22 New

April 30 First

May 7 Full

RAINFALL Monday, March 16

0

Tuesday, March 17

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Wednesday, March 18

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Thursday, March 19

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Friday, March 20

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Saturday, March 21

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Sunday, March 22

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2020 2.84 in.

2020

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OVER MATTER by EMILY CARROLL; CROSSWORD MIND Edited by David Steinberg

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CELEBRITY CIPHER

By Luis Campos Celebrity Cipher cryptograms are created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another.

“TWTDEACTDT EIK FI, JCTDT’M Y MIKPHJDYVO. EIK VYP’J ... SKUJT CTYD UJ. UJ’M BKMJ Y XUJJXT IKJ IR JCT DYPFT IR CTYDUPF.” – XUPHY DIPMJYHJ

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Puzzle Two Clue: P equals K

Sarasota

HUNDREDS OF COLORS AND STYLES ON SALE NOW!

Puzzle One Clue: A equals W

CARPET

© 2020 NEA, Inc.

SUDOKU

Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.

©2020 Andrews McMeel Syndicate

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

LV9433

The Sarasota and Siesta Key Observers reserve the right to classify and edit copy, or to reject or cancel an advertisement at any time. Corrections after first insertion only. *All ads are subject to the approval of the Publisher. *It is the responsibility of the party placing any ad for publication in The Sarasota and Siesta Key Observers to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town codes in first obtaining an occupational license for business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property. INFO & RATES: 941-955-4888 • Fax: 941-362-4808 • EMAIL: classified@yourobserver.com • ONLINE: classifieds.yourobserver.com HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5pm • DEADLINES: Classifieds - Tuesday at Noon • Service Directory - Friday at 3pm • PAYMENT: Cash, Check or Credit Card

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. Call 941-955-4888 Or Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group 1970 Main St. - 3rd Floor Sarasota, Fl 34236 (7) EARLY 1900’s "Modern Priscilla" magazines. Great collectible! $1.00 each. Call: 941-925-0385. AIR CHAIR- Hardly Used. Cup holder, foot, head, and magazine rest. $60. 203-676-1259.

Items Up to $200 Sell for Free! classifieds.yourobserver.com

Condos For Sale

Cleaning

BLUE FISH Cleaning Inc. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $90, 2 cleaners, 2 hours.

Place Your Ad Online 24/7 classifieds.yourobserver.com

A GREAT HOME/VILLA: For snowbirds or for downsizing, 55+ community. 1BR/1.5BA, Move-in condition. Carport, pool, clubhouse, and Marina near Siesta Key Two small pets okay. Very active community, close to shopping and beaches. $149,900. 941-928-3175.

Duplexes For Rent

FACETED STONES & Cabs TURQUOISE, topaz, lapis, amber, opals, & amethyst. $25. (941) 350-5292.

First 15 words ..................................... $17.50 per week Each Add’l word .......................................................50¢ 15% DISCOUNT for 4 week Run Yellow color $5 per Week • Border as low as $3 per Week

Autos For Sale

Call: 941-955-4888 Email: classifieds@yourobserver.com Online: www.yourobserver.com

Autos Wanted CASH FOR YOUR CAR We come to you! Ho Ho Buys cars. 941-270-4400. WE BUY cars. top $$ paid for your vehicles. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BOAT SLIP for rent/sale. High and dry indoor marina. Excellent location, instant access to Gulf and bay. Up to 25/ft. Call 941-544-5597.

Homes For Sale Beach Front Home: 4BED-5BATH, 2CARGAR $3,999,000

DOLPHIN MANATEE Snorkel or Sunset Tours. AMI- 6 people, 4 hours, $285, includes captain, boat, and gas. Pets welcome. 813-833-7852.

Private Boat Lift: beach access villa/condo $415,000

Storage

Sarasota: Like new, built in 2010 4BED-2.5BATH Lakeview Lanai $345,000

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

Phillipi Creek: Renovated 3BED-2BATH $309,000

Condos For Sale

2BR/2BA GRAND Bay in Bay Isles 2BR/2BA First floor condo with extended wraparound terrace. Floor to ceiling windows look out onto the Sarasota Bay from every room. Secured parking, full use of the state of the art workout facility, Olympic size pool and a second adult pool, Har Tru tennis courts, private Beach Club and year round social activities in the gorgeous Clubhouse. Guard Gated community with onsite management. Turnkey furnished - all you need is your suitcase to begin life in Paradise. $6,300. (941) 383-2458.

Adult Care Services

Buy or Sell with Brooke O’Malley as your Realtor, and CLUB REALTY will Pay your title insurance. Call 941-726-2677

Condos For Sale 2 Bedroom 2 bath Updated with Bay View

$595,000

$59 AN Hour Swedish Massage. $79 for 90 minutes! Special runs until April 16, 2020. At Boju Integrative Bodywork, enjoy a relaxing massage in an elegant setting with the music of your choice playing and soothing your cares away! All our massages are for a full 60 or 90 minutes. We offer all types of massage, facials, lashes, and energy work. Easily find us at 2015 Fruitville Rd. in Downtown Sarasota, At the corner of Fruitville and Rt 301. Call or book online! (941) 203-5857 www.Bojubodywork.com

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.

This week’s Celebrity Cipher answers

2.5 Acres: 4BED/3BATH, 3CAR GAR. Luxury kitchen, barn, horses. $645,000 Longboat Key Beach House: on Canal, 3BED3BATH, 2/CARGAR, Dock/Lift. $530,000.

SIESTA-KEY TIMESHARE for sale: Top rated resort steps to beach, sleeps 6, penthouse, everything included. 2BD/2BA. Week 35, $5000. 941-349-7484.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

55+ Beach and Boating: One story villa 2BED2BATH $424,000

Boats

Condos For Sale

Massage

STUNNING BAYFRONT views from this remodeled coastal cottage on South Siesta Key. $1,499,000. Lori Lockhart Coldwell Banker 941-724-0595.

SOUTH GATE duplex 2Bd/1BA. N/S on property, no pets, W/D, water, and lawn service included. Fenced backyard, In residential neighborhood. $1300/month. 941-924-0269.

CLASSIFIED LINE AD PRICE

2016 CORVETTE Convertible- Black, Auto trans, E/C, 12K miles, $41K. 941-681-2639.

Carpentry RON VOIT CONSTRUCTION L.L.C. Comm/Res. Room Additions. Interior Renovations. Kitchen and Bath Remodeling. Door and Window Replacement. Rotted Wood Repairs. Crown Molding and Trim. Call Ron 941-228-7601. State Lic. CBC1259788.

DINING ROOM Set- seldom used, 4 upholstered chairs, like new. $200. 941-321-2694.

LAMPS (2) Cloisonne, large, round, magenta, perfect cond. $25/each. Ginger Jar: crackle, mustard glaze, $20. 941-922-4025.

Homes For Sale

NEED ASSISTANCE? A LENDING HAND HOME CARE

Puzzle One Solution: “Everywhere you go, there’s a soundtrack. You can’t ... quite hear it. It’s just a little out of the range of hearing.” – Linda Ronstadt Puzzle Two Solution: “Just once how I’d like to see the headline say, ‘Not much to print today, can’t find anything bad to say.” – Anne Murray

This week’s Sudoku answers

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This week’s Crossword answers

Fully Furnished • Completely Remodeled • Top Quality Grade Construction • Water Front Ground Floor Unit • Siesta Key Inter Coastal

419-487-1971 • 1367 Gulf and Bay Side

DRIVER for YOUR vehicle, cargo from Sarasota/Siesta Key/Port Charlotte area to MICHIGAN ONLY. Offering services that carriers/haulers are unable to provide. Background check. Bonded. Insured. Chauffeur’s license. Retired law enforcement officer. 941-323-3945 or 313-434-2070 or www.yhvaletdriving.com. March and April dates filling quickly.

SHIP YOUR car, truck or SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

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SHOWER & BATH MAKEOVERS

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make your moving day a pleasure. Ray - 941-313-4538

LANDSCAPING & LAWN

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TREES

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332172

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Call us today!

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MOVERS

38 Years Experience

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...will move anything from a couch to a household

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• • • •

Driveways Deck Staining Roof Cleaning

Pet Care

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724-2945

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PET SERVICES

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Licensed and insured #IMT708

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• Rock or Mulch Laid • Shrubs Trimmed • Hedges Trimmed & Shaped • Plants and Small Trees Planted • Weeds Pulled • Palm Trees Trimmed (under 12ft.) • Small Trees and Stumps Removed

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