LAKEWOOD RANCH -- University of Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga is buying into Lakewood Ranch.
On July 31, Larranaga and his wife, Elisebeth, purchased a 5,000-square-foot home at 7007 Portmarnock Place from Peter and Rosalinda Ross for $1.325 million, according the Manatee County records. The Larranagas made the purchase just six months after purchasing a four-bedroom, five-bathroom, 4,000-square foot home in Coral Gables for $1.24 million from the University of Miami.
The couple's new Lakewood Ranch home was built in 2003 and features four bedrooms and three baths. It is located along one of the fairways at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.
Larranaga has coached the Hurricanes since April 2011. His team reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA basketball tournament in 2013.
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Children's agency gets new home
BRADENTON -- Manatee Children's Services will open its new headquarters and programming buildings at 1227 9th Ave. W. during a dedication ceremony Aug. 28.
The children's advocacy nonprofit purchased the property in January for $380,000 and relocated its operations there from its previous location in Orange Blossom Plaza on Cortez Road. At the time of the purchase, agency director Melinda Thompson said programs and staff would move into the circa-1925 building and into a rental space directly adjacent to its new office and operations space.
Thompson said Manatee Children's Services made the move to locate itself in a "centrally located, child friendly" location.
The three-hour open house events starts at 3 p.m. A dedication ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Founded in 1977, Manatee Children's Services operates a number of child abuse prevention programs including the Child Protection Team and SCAN Program, Clinical services, Emergency Shelter, Group Homes, BRIC Parenting, KIDS Personal Safety, SVPP and Grandparents as Parents.
Dillard's to open clearance store in Orlando
ORLANDO -- The Dillard's department store at Orlando Fashion Square mall is becoming a clearance center.
Signs at the store announce the upcoming change as well as the closing of the store's second floor.
The Orlando Dillard's Clearance Center will join 18 other Dillard's clearance centers in the U.S., including three in Florida.
During the transition, store hours will remain 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It's unclear when the transition will be complete or
whether the hours will change afterward.
Dillard's Clearance Centers at Boynton Beach Mall and the ailing University Square in Tampa and Regency Square in Jacksonville open at noon Tuesday through Sunday and are closed on Monday.
A Dillard's spokeswoman, Julie Bull, said the corporation would not comment.
A principal of UP Development, which is remodeling Orlando Fashion Square, said in a statement that his company is working with Dillard's on options for the store's second floor.
-- Herald staff reports