Lakewood Ranch neighborhood to be highlighted on TV's 'Daytime'

jbartolone@bradenton.comMay 30, 2014 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Daytime TV watchers will soon be able to get a special glimpse of life on the Ranch.

The syndicated "Daytime" TV show filmed a segment Thursday at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club and the Lake Club. Jimmy Stewart, vice president of sales for Lakewood Ranch Communities, a subsidiary of developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc., took host Jerry Penacoli and a camera crew on a tour.

The taping was part of a paid advertising spot on "Daytime" called "Journeys with Jerry," where Penacoli -- you may also recognize him as a correspondent on entertainment show "Extra" -- visits destinations around the state.

"We looked at it and thought it was a good opportunity to showcase some of our amenities," Stewart said.

Though "Daytime" is based in Tampa Bay and airs locally on WFLA Channel 8, it also reaches 130 markets and 80 million homes in syndication, according to the show's website, exposing Lakewood Ranch to millions of potential homebuyers.

The upscale Lake Club neighborhood includes a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, 1-acre vineyard and Mediterranean-style luxury homes. It has about 150 occupied homes, with three more phases of the neighborhood to be built.

The Country Club features three golf courses, a 44,000-square-foot clubhouse, 14,000-square-foot fitness center and more than 2,300 homes.

The segment is expected to appear on an episode of "Daytime" in June, said Rachel Gray, events and promotions coordinator for LWR Communities.

Jason Bartolone, East Manatee Editor, can be reached at 941-745-7011. Follow him on Twitter @JasonBartolone.

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