July 13, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Manatee County Planning Department has approved site plans for 143 single family homes in the newest parts of Country Club East in subdivisions known as Collingtree and Windermere.

Comments from planning staff are due July 24, when the developer, Lakewood Ranch Development LLC, has its opportunity to respond.

The site is located at the northeast quadrant of Masters Avenue and Players Drive. It will be consistent with the rest of the Lakewood Ranch community.

Concession estate is sold for $2 million

BRADENTON -- An estate in The Concession in Bradenton has been sold for $2 million, Premier Sotheby's International Realty announced Friday.

The price tag was the highest seen in the luxury gated community in more than 18 months and the second-most expensive sale there in the last five years, the company said. The company represented both the buyer and seller.

The estate, at 8307 Farington Court, is a four-bedroom, four-bath home of more than 5,500 square feet, features panoramic views of a private lake and scenic preserve.

This sale is the only nonwaterfront sale at $2 million or more in Manatee County in the last 12 months, Premier Sotheby's International Realty said in a news release.

Brides Against Breast Cancer event this weekend

SARASOTA -- Brides Against Cancer is holding a fund-raiser Saturday and Sunday at the Westfield Southgate Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail. New and used gowns in all sizes will be available for prices ranging from $99 to $3,900. The event kicks off Saturday morning with the "Unveiling of the Gowns" reception, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a $20 tax-deductible donation. Free general admission runs from 1-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org

Contest to pick 20 kids for outdoor course

BRADENTON -- The TreeUmph! Adventure Course in Bradenton will be the site for a daylong event sponsored by The Wear Your Soul Foundation, a nonprofit group based in Georgia that helps young people explore alternative outdoor sports.

The foundation is sponsoring an online contest to pick 20 12- to 14-year-olds for the event on July 27. It will be led by Joe Ostaszewski, a semi-finalist from the NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser," and his twin brother, Henry Ostaszewski.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the "O Bros" will lead contest winners through a treetop obstacle course that gradually increases in height from just a few feet above the ground to a 60-foot elevation, where they will finish the course on a 650-foot-long zip line.

Each prize winner will

also receive a commemorative t-shirt and a digital copy of the group photo. Parents who want to enter their child in the Wear Your Soul "Challenge By Choice" contest should visit www.wearyoursoul.org to complete a contest entry form. Entries are due by July 22.

New cardiology center planned on Cortez

BRADENTON -- A 3,200-square-foot medical office building at 3649 Cortez Road has been purchased for $600,000 from John G. Keporos by Akella6, registered to Dr. Jagan Akella and Michelle Akella of Sarasota.

According to records, Akella plans to open a cardiology center and walk-in clinic after remodeling the building, which was the site of FirstCare. Renovations are being done by Raj Mathur Construction & Engineering.

-- Herald wire reports

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