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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Gulf Gate Estates, FL for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Gulf Gate Estates, FL can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Gulf Gate Estates, FL, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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New businesses fill Shoppes at Vanderbilt in North Naples

New businesses that recently launched or are coming soon to the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt have filled the available units at the North Naples lifestyle center.“We’ve really maintained over 90% occupancy here within the center over the past few years, and at this point now we’re at 100%, full capacity, which is great. It’s continuing to grow,” said P.J. Hill, leasing manager for the Shoppes at Vanderbilt, the sprawling commercial center on the northwest corner of Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach r...

New businesses that recently launched or are coming soon to the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt have filled the available units at the North Naples lifestyle center.

“We’ve really maintained over 90% occupancy here within the center over the past few years, and at this point now we’re at 100%, full capacity, which is great. It’s continuing to grow,” said P.J. Hill, leasing manager for the Shoppes at Vanderbilt, the sprawling commercial center on the northwest corner of Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads.

Not only are existing units leased but a new multitenant space, Building 900, is under construction off Airport-Pulling Road near the center’s northeast entrance.

“It’s a great new building with an opportunity for some true roadside frontage,” Hill said. “We’re working on pre-leasing currently. It’s going very, very well. It’s going very, very quickly. We already have a few new tenants that have pre-leased the building. I have a few left. I anticipate as we get closer to completing the building that it will be leased up very quickly. So, I think it’s a great opportunity for some new tenants to come in and add to the eclectic mix of what we have currently.”

Built 15 years ago, the Shoppes at Vanderbilt offers a variety of tenants from quick-service and full-service restaurants to retailers and service concepts in a collection of at least a dozen buildings on more than 30 acres. The master-planned center also hosts Vanderbilt Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. “It’s still the largest market in North Naples. It’s huge,” Hill said. “It’s booming every Saturday.”

The entire center is booming with the area’s population. After rocky beginnings that saw it change hands a couple of times over the years, the center is hitting its stride with a growing tenant lineup anchored by Naples Family Fitness center and the newly expanded True Fashionistas consignment store.

Last week, At Faro introduced a store of handmade furniture and accessories. The business offers guests a glass of Tuscan wine or a cup of Colombian coffee while they peruse their exclusive pieces.

Premier Tackle opened shop Dec. 12 in one of the new units created next to True Fashionistas. The fishing tackle shop joins the neighboring Sunset + Pine sustainable kids’ clothing boutique, which debuted in October. That same month, Budding Chef’s culinary classes also started cooking in a local studio that provides hands-on instruction from a professional chef.

Meanwhile, new businesses are coming in the next few months to other units vacated there in 2022. Nautical Bowls, a chain with a menu of superfoods that recently launched a regional location in Coconut Point, is opening another eatery soon in the Shoppes at Vanderbilt.

Imperio Taqueria is moving into the former space of Vampire Penguin, which closed last May. The Cruz family of Golden Gate Estates is in the early stages of their buildout so it may be a few months before their eatery opens, Hill said.

“They’re going to be a family-owned, locally-owned and -operated full-service Mexican restaurant,” he said. “They started their businesses doing farmers markets and food trucks and things of that nature and have been very, very successful and they want to come together and this is their first, official brick-and-mortar.”

Paradise Indoor Golf is gearing up to tee off in 2023 in a large space vacated earlier this year by the Havana Blue Cuban Cuisine & Lounge. The new local business will offer full-service golf simulators to drive, putt or play full games of golf, Hill said.

“That’s going to be a great, fun concept. They plan to do a membership-based structure with a walk-in capability, as well, and there will be food and drinks there, too,” he said. “It’s this individual’s personal dream of his. It’s something he’s going all in with and he really plans to knock it out of the park.”

More new tenants will be coming in 2023 to the new six-unit building under construction.

“We’re going to be bringing in a Crave cookies franchise. It’s similar to Crumbl. It’s going to be exciting,” Hill said. “I’m working currently with a high-end fashion designer and Murano glass retailer as well. We expect some additional retailers there; service concepts, as well. We’re leaving that pretty open and we’re welcoming all opportunities and all different concepts.”

After Building 900 is unveiled, one vacant parcel remains along Vanderbilt Beach Road.

“Once that building’s completed and leased, we’re going to be continuing our development,” Hill said. “The following year, we’ll have another building going on the parcel next to CVS. That will be another mixed, stand-alone building with also true frontage to Vanderbilt Beach Road.”

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New commercial center Ariva Plaza proposed in Golden Gate Estates

A new retail center proposed for the southwest corner of Golden Gate Boulevard and Everglades Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates is closer to reality.The Collier County Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve that the 5.4-acre parcel be rezoned as a commercial planned unit development to make way for what will be known as Ariva Plaza. The Board of County Commissioners will decide the issue at a later date.The retail center is proposed for one of the intersection quadrants known as the Everglades Boulevard and Go...

A new retail center proposed for the southwest corner of Golden Gate Boulevard and Everglades Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates is closer to reality.

The Collier County Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve that the 5.4-acre parcel be rezoned as a commercial planned unit development to make way for what will be known as Ariva Plaza. The Board of County Commissioners will decide the issue at a later date.

The retail center is proposed for one of the intersection quadrants known as the Everglades Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard Neighborhood Center, designated by the Golden Gate Area Master Plan to concentrate on new commercial zoning to provide goods and services to the surrounding area. The northwest quadrant is an already developed 25,000 square-foot retail center known as Everglades Square, anchored by Everglades Food Mart, while 7 Food Mart & Tortilleria is expected to open soon on the northeast corner.

“The idea of what we’re trying to do on the broader basis throughout the county is bringing goods and services that are demanded by households in a better special relationship to where those households exist,” Collier County Planning Manager Mike Bosi said. “That’s to improve our transportation network, improve our environmental qualities and quality of life for the individuals.”

The new zoning would allow for a maximum of 30,000 square feet of commercial area, but specific plans are unknown at this time. The purpose of adding this development is to serve those in the Estates community who travel longer distances than average for typical commercial needs. With surrounding residents in mind, there will be a 75-foot indigenous tree preserve between the commercial and residential zones, as instructed by the county’s master plan.

New neighborhood centers within other parts of the Golden Gate Estates may be added as the area’s population becomes denser and there is a higher desire for shorter trips to receive goods and services.

“I believe there are enough centers in the plan that the market has now finally started to recognize those locations and take advantage of those locations,” Bosi said. “So, as we move forward, I think you’re going to see more of these requests and that’s only a better means to the overall quality of life within the Estates.”

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A New Furniture Store is Opening in Gulf Gate

You could say The Woven Home started out where many great ideas do—in a garage. Megan and Alex Uccello carefully stored their choice furniture finds there until online buyers from Facebook and Instagram came to claim them.Now, three years later, the couple is quitting their trusty day jobs—Megan a bookkeeper, Alex as a banker—and plunging into business ownership with their new brick-and-mortar shop in ...

You could say The Woven Home started out where many great ideas do—in a garage. Megan and Alex Uccello carefully stored their choice furniture finds there until online buyers from Facebook and Instagram came to claim them.

Now, three years later, the couple is quitting their trusty day jobs—Megan a bookkeeper, Alex as a banker—and plunging into business ownership with their new brick-and-mortar shop in Gulf Gate, also called The Woven Home.

What’s the significance behind the name? “When we got married we knew it was important to knit the home with things you love,” Megan explains. Plus, she loved interior design and as a child, often changed the position of her furniture, much to her mother’s chagrin.

As an adult, she and Alex wanted to save money and always went thrift shopping. Everything in their home, other than the headboard and plants, is thrifted.

“I was shocked at what I found for the price,” Megan says. “The used stuff was better quality than big box places selling new. So we started making relationships with estate sale people and nonprofit thrift stores and other small businesses along the way.” Those relationships became the source of many of the couple’s special finds.

Both born and raised in Sarasota, the couple aims to sell quality, gently loved furniture with a mind to keep pieces local, sustainable and accessible.

Furniture styles throughout the 13,00 square foot store include bohemian, coastal, post danish modern, midcentury modern and farmhouse.

“Our target market is not very wealthy. It’s people starting fresh and trying to make their house a home,” Megan says. “We typically work with people going to college and new, younger families moving to the area. We’re popular because we have unique, high-quality stuff available now.”

Those “available now” pieces gave them an edge amid lengthy furniture manufacturing delays that have suffused many industries since the onset of Covid. The pandemic is also part of how their online presence gained legs.

“When Covid hit, we started to grow because people couldn’t shop in stores. Since we were online, that boosted us up,” Megan says.

But it also has to do with Megan’s refreshingly staged photos, which catch the scrolling eye in a cinch with thoughtful, chic displays.

Their furniture styles are often made of organic materials like wood and rattan, which blend a cozy feeling with functionality. The couple doesn’t get into refinishing, since “that would bump our prices up. And we take photos of everything very specifically to show any imperfections,” Megan says.

Home decor items range from $5 to $40 dollars. Dressers are $300 to $600, depending on size, and nightstands are $200 to $300 for a pair. Dining room sets range from $400 to $800.

The Woven Home is also open to payment plans and will deliver pieces at an affordable price. The couple plan to maintain their online shops and hope to one day expand and hire employees. Bur for now, it’s just the two of them—along with their gray cats, Kona and Lilo.

The Woven Home grand opening is Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 5859 Murdock Ave. 34231, Unit A, and will feature local small business, the boho byrd, which sells jewelry and clothing. The first 10 shoppers will receive a special promo. Hours are every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 941-374-0403 to make an appointment–they live minutes away. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Evacuations and shelters in Manatee and Sarasota Counties ahead of Hurricane Ian

Evacuation orders have gone out for areas across Southwest Florida and shelters are opening in advance of Hurricane Ian’s approach.In Sarasota County an evacuation order has been issued for Level A and Level B including Longboat Key and mostly coastal areas of the county. The evacuation order also covers those living in vessels, RVs and mobile and manufactured homes. Emergency shelters in Sarasota open at noon, Sept. 27. ...

Evacuation orders have gone out for areas across Southwest Florida and shelters are opening in advance of Hurricane Ian’s approach.

In Sarasota County an evacuation order has been issued for Level A and Level B including Longboat Key and mostly coastal areas of the county. The evacuation order also covers those living in vessels, RVs and mobile and manufactured homes. Emergency shelters in Sarasota open at noon, Sept. 27. Click here to find your level.

In Manatee County a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for people in Zones A and B with a voluntary evacuation issued for Zone C. Emergency shelters in Manatee County opened a 8 a.m., Sept. 27. Click here to find your zone.

Water will be shut off to residents and businesses on Siesta Key, Casey Key, Anna Maria Island and parts of Longboat Key Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Ian.

Shelters in Manatee Counties will be at the following locations: (note: not all shelters are pet friendly)

Bayshore Elementary School, 6120 26th St. W., Bradenton

Braden River High School, 6545 State Road 70 E., Bradenton (Pet-friendly shelter)

Braden River Middle School, 6215 River Club Blvd., Bradenton

Daughtrey Elementary, 515 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton

Freedom Elementary School, 9515 State Road 64 E., Bradenton

Gullett Elementary School, 12125 44th Ave. E., Bradenton

Haile Middle School, 9501 State Road 64 E., Bradenton

Johnson-Wakeland School of International Baccalaureate, 2121 26th Ave. E., Bradenton

Lee Middle School, 4000 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton

Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton (Pet-friendly shelter)

McNeal Elementary School, 6325 Lorraine Road, Bradenton

Miller Elementary School, 601 43rd St. W., Bradenton

Oneco Elementary School, 5214 22nd St. Court E., Bradenton

Prine Elementary School, 3801 Southern Parkway, Bradenton

Rogers Garden Elementary School, 515 13th Ave. W., Bradenton

Seabreeze Elementary School, 3601 71st St. W., Bradenton

Willis Elementary School, 14705 The Masters Ave., Bradenton

Witt Elementary School, 200 Rye Road, Bradenton

Myakka City Elementary School, 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City

Buffalo Creek Middle School, 7320 69th St. E., Palmetto

Mills Elementary School, 7200 69th St. E., Palmetto (Pet-friendly shelter)

Tillman Elementary School, 1415 29th St. E., Palmetto

Harvey Elementary School, 8610 115th Ave. E., Parrish

Williams Elementary School, 3404 Ft. Hamer Road, Parrish

Kinnan Elementary School, 3415 Tellevast Road, Sarasota

Shelters in Sarasota County will be at the following locations:

Atwater Elementary School, 4701 Huntsville Ave., North Port (Pet-friendly shelter)

Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 West Price Blvd., North Port (Pet-friendly shelter)

North Port High School, 6400 West Price Blvd., North Port (Pet-friendly shelter)

Woodland Middle School, 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port (Pet-friendly shelter)

Booker High School, 3201 North Orange Ave., Sarasota (Pet-friendly shelter)

Brookside Middle School, 3636 South Shade Ave., Sarasota (Pet-friendly shelter)

Fruitville Elementary School, 601 North Honore Ave., Sarasota (Pet-friendly shelter)

Gulf Gate Elementary School, 6500 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota (Pet-friendly shelter)

Phillippi Shores Elementary, 4747 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (Pet-friendly shelter)

Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota (Pet-friendly shelter)

Southside Elementary School, 1901 Webber St., Sarasota (Pet-friendly shelter)

Taylor Ranch Elementary School, 2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice (Pet-friendly shelter)

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See the impact of Hurricane Ian in Sarasota, Manatee

As Hurricane Ian continues its churn through Florida, readers and reporters share snapshots from the storm in our areas. To share your photos or videos, email them to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at [email protected] with your name as well as where and when they were taken.Pre-hurricane preparationsDamage begins Wednesday as Hurri...

As Hurricane Ian continues its churn through Florida, readers and reporters share snapshots from the storm in our areas. To share your photos or videos, email them to Executive Editor Kat Hughes at [email protected] with your name as well as where and when they were taken.

Pre-hurricane preparations
Damage begins Wednesday as Hurricane Ian passes through

A building on 10th Street collapsed at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday. A neighbor told the Observer early afternoon Thursday that they did not hear the sound of the collapse, likely due to the volume of the wind, but were looking out their window at the time. The neighbor said they did not have any flooding but that the power is out on the whole block.

Gullett Elementary Principal Todd Richardson dresses as the Hulk, Moody Elementary Assistant Principal Krista Francies dresses as a traffic cone and Gullett Assistant Principal Julie Gierhart dresses as a chicken to welcome families to Gullett Elementary, which has been serving as a shelter since 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Tactical teams deploy early Thursday morning to begin clearing roadways for emergency vehicles
On Thursday, damage is seen throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties

Joann Kavanaugh, the owner of Arts A Blaze at Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, sweeps water out of her store Thursday morning. She says she only sustained very minor damage, "losing a box of envelopes." She will be open Friday.

River Club's Marilyn Blazakis stands in front of a ficus fig tree she planted 23 years ago as a seedling. It was taken out by Hurricane Ian. She brought it as a seedling from Ohio when she moved to the area. She said "thank God, we are so fortunate" that it didn't land on her home.

Yassna and Shawn Clancy evacuated their Siesta Key home before Hurricane Ian hit. They went to an Airbnb near Yoder's in Sarasota and spent their night eating tomato soup and quinoa and watching the movie "Rogue Agent." They returned to their home Thursday morning to find it in good shape other than a small ceiling leak.

Brooke Carter and her father, James Carter, evacuated their Siesta Key home Wednesday with the rest of their family. They returned at 10 a.m. Thursday to find an oak tree had toppled over in their yard — but missed their house by approximately 3 feet, thanks to it falling on a different tree. The Carters live on Winding Way, a canopy road. James Carter said he feels lucky to have avoided the tree, so much so that the rest of his debris cleanup doesn’t seem so bad.

Summerfield's Clara, Trevor, Nolan, Kayleen and Annie McDonald take advantage of a day off of school due to Hurricane Ian and go fishing on the side of State Road 70 near Uihlein Road.

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