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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 Venice Gardens, 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 Venice Gardens, 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 Venice Gardens, 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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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.

Garden Club plans next Home and Garden Tour

The Venice Area Garden Club decided it was OK to plan its 31st annual Home and Garden Tour for March 13, aka Friday the 13th. It was its lucky day. The weather was gorgeous. Hundreds of curious visitors came to check out some lovely Venice homes. This fundraiser was a super success.Thanks to hours of work and planning and hundreds of volunteer hours, the club was able to award scholarships to the following students:• Evan Claessen, a senior at the University of Florida, is studying city planning and urban development....

The Venice Area Garden Club decided it was OK to plan its 31st annual Home and Garden Tour for March 13, aka Friday the 13th. It was its lucky day. The weather was gorgeous. Hundreds of curious visitors came to check out some lovely Venice homes. This fundraiser was a super success.

Thanks to hours of work and planning and hundreds of volunteer hours, the club was able to award scholarships to the following students:

• Evan Claessen, a senior at the University of Florida, is studying city planning and urban development.

• Jessica Joyner, a junior at Florida Southern, will work in sustainability and education consulting.

• Michael Krumholts, a freshman at Florida State, looks toward a career as an oceanographer solving red tide issues.

• Connor Poole, a sophomore at the University of Florida, plans a career controlling pollution.

• Trevor Poole, a senior at the University of Florida, looks forward to a career in urban renewal planning.

Groups like the Venice Area Garden Club are the workers but they depend on the community and volunteers to make their work offer positive results like scholarships.

The Venice families who offered their homes to the annual tour were: Tom and Lesley Jacobs; Jack and Barbara Hunter; Dean and Shirley Ricci; Carl and Tom Regan and David and Beatrice Gathman. Theresa Steinmiller’s garden was featured.

Can you imagine the courage it takes to offer your home for a fundraiser knowing hundreds of people will be walking through?

If you are open to that, offer your home for next year.

Thanks to Tina Bird for the information regarding these scholarships.

Happy Father’s Day

Sending good thoughts and thanks to the dads in Venice who brighten their children’s lives and in doing that make all our lives better.

Some of our best

The special people of this week are the Venice Garden Club’s scholarship recipients. These young people chose career paths a little different than traditional choices. Note the names of the students and check to see their achievements in the future.

Several students in this group received scholarships from the club for several years in a row. Their wisdom in reapplying shows they are focused on their goals. These days with classes being taken online and internships not readily available, the young men and women may face new challenges.

Their past histories of success prove they are up for the task.

Fran Valencic is the social columnist with the Venice Gondolier Sun. She welcomes your tips and ideas. Contact her at [email protected]

Lawn and garden business plants seeds for succession

Company: When David and Elizabeth Taylor purchased their original Venice garden center in 2003, the building was essentially a rundown shed. The roof leaked, the parking lot wasn’t paved, and there was no air conditioning. The couple put in $800 worth of light bulbs the first day they owned the place.MRT Lawn and Garden Center has since grown from its humble beginnings to a pair of locations, one in south Sarasota County and one in Port Charlotte, which opened last year. The company is now one of the largest pla...

Company: When David and Elizabeth Taylor purchased their original Venice garden center in 2003, the building was essentially a rundown shed. The roof leaked, the parking lot wasn’t paved, and there was no air conditioning. The couple put in $800 worth of light bulbs the first day they owned the place.

MRT Lawn and Garden Center has since grown from its humble beginnings to a pair of locations, one in south Sarasota County and one in Port Charlotte, which opened last year. The company is now one of the largest plant nurseries in Southwest Florida, serving customers looking for gardening, landscaping and decorating products and services. In 2019 MRT partnered with ACE Hardware, in which the Taylors operate independently, or what Ace calls a co-op, to offer a more complete shopping experience at both retail locations by offering full outdoor living, hardware, paint, electrical and plumbing departments.

'The kids are showing an interest in wanting to continue on. Our succession plan is not in stone — we haven’t gotten to that point.' David Taylor

Succession plan: The Taylors’ entire second generation now works in the company. The oldest, Joshua, 27, runs the landscaping division, which accounts for about a third of the total company revenue. Justin, 25, handles the human side of the operation, such as marketing, human resources and retail compliance. The youngest, Jessica, 22, started her full-time role shortly before the pandemic. She manages relationships and orders products from vendors for decor and pottery, as well as ordering items from ACE Hardware.

David and Elizabeth Taylor are no strangers to a family business. David’s family hails from an agricultural line of farmers throughout Florida. His grandfather’s pine table still sits in their conference room.

Both David and Elizabeth feel too young to turn over the family business entirely. At 58 and 54, respectively, the Taylors think a full succession plan conversation might happen when they are in their 60s or 70s. “The kids are showing an interest in wanting to continue on,” David says. “Our succession plan is not in stone — we haven’t gotten to that point.”

Challenges: Every Sunday, the Taylors try to have a family dinner. They aim to keep work and life separate — but every so often, something slips in. Justin’s boyfriend has gotten so used to this phenomenon that even one look can communicate his frustration.

“Other family members not in the business and our friends all feel the same way once the conversation goes to work,” Justin says. “They don’t know anything about it, and they feel left out.”

Like many family businesses, the lines between family and business blur often. “Sometimes I feel like we have so much family time at work that we might go a while without having family time outside of work,” Justin says. “We do take for granted seeing each other so much. We have to focus on spending quality time together when we do.”

And although they usually don’t mind talking about work while not at work, there are times where they have to set boundaries. In a what-not-to-do moment, they once went on a family vacation to Mexico and spent the whole time talking about palm trees.

The Taylors are fortunate in having friends and colleagues with family businesses in insurance and finance, people they lean on for advice. But their family working style is in a niche all its own — 90% of their schedules are unpredictable, and both stores are open seven days a week. “We’re the only family that we know of that has the workplace family dynamic that we do,” Josh says.

Justin, ever the organizer, once tried to make the entire family a shared calendar to schedule events. In recalling the memory, all of Taylors laugh. Their routines changed so much day to day that it was never going to work.

What will the company look like in five years: In July 2019, David had an unexpected health emergency.

The Taylors were in the middle of building the Port Charlotte garden center, and David was digging a ditch. One day later, he discovered he would have to have open heart surgery.

The health scare has weighed on the Taylors. “I’m definitely ready to slow down,” David says.

So although nothing is imminent, as their father contemplates taking a step back, each sibling is starting to find their place in the company. They certainly have a breadth of experience — Justin and Josh got their start loading bags of mulch in elementary school while Jessica created fairy gardens of succulents and monogrammed items for customers. The trio is likely to learn a lot more in the next five to 10 years about navigating a family business. “The three of us all respect the silos that each of us work in, and we try not to step on each other’s toes,” Justin says.

Click the links below to hear best practices from other families working through business succession and experts who have helped others.

Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe Twice Named 'Best of Venice' Award Winner

VENICE, Fla., April 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Discovery Senior Living community Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe has been named a 2021 Best of Venice Award Winner in two categories, including "Best Assisted Living (Under 50 Beds)" and "Best Overall Assisted Living." Conducted annually by The Venice Gondolier Sun, the Best of Venice Awards are 100% citizen-voted and honor the area's top businesses in dozens of wide-ranging categories. In addition to the two category wins, Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe was named ...

VENICE, Fla., April 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Discovery Senior Living community Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe has been named a 2021 Best of Venice Award Winner in two categories, including "Best Assisted Living (Under 50 Beds)" and "Best Overall Assisted Living." Conducted annually by The Venice Gondolier Sun, the Best of Venice Awards are 100% citizen-voted and honor the area's top businesses in dozens of wide-ranging categories. In addition to the two category wins, Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe was named a finalist in two other categories, including "Best Assisted Living - Independent" and "Best Overall Retirement Community."

Originally opened in 2003, Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe is built amidst a charming, park-like setting just one block from East Venice Avenue and the Venice Commons shopping center. The community, which sits adjacent to the Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club property, offers Active Independent Living, Assisted Living and an exclusive, SHINE® Memory Care living option.

The continuum-of-care campus is home to 298 Active Independent Living, 31 Assisted Living and 12 SHINE® Memory Care suites and one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. Residents also enjoy daily, chef-prepared meals and access to resort-quality amenities, including multiple dining venues; a heated outdoor pool; senior-specific health and fitness center; movie theater with digital surround sound; professional beauty salon and barbershop with spa services and much more.

In 2022, the community unveiled the results of a $3 million designer remodel, which imparted fresh aesthetics and delivered a host of enhancements to indoor and outdoor amenities spanning the community's more than 29,000 square feet of living and common areas.

"We are honored and excited to accept a pair of 2021 Best of Venice Awards for excellence in senior living," said Therese Williams, Executive Director of Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe. "With these awards being citizen-voted, it's the truest testament of all that the new aesthetics, amenities and experiences our team members are making possible each day are having the meaningful, positive impact we've envisioned in the lives of our residents."

Located at 1000 Aston Gardens Drive with accessibility from both East Venice Ave. and Jacaranda, Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe is one of six Aston Gardens communities owned and operated by Bonita Springs-based Discovery Senior Living. Aston Gardens is part of that company's national, multi-brand portfolio that includes 110 upscale senior living communities across 19 states. Discovery Design Concepts, the company's in-house design group, planned and executed Aston Gardens' recent remodel.

About Discovery Senior Living

Discovery Senior Living is a family of companies that includes Discovery Management Group, Morada Senior Living, TerraBella Senior Living, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Design Concepts, Discovery Marketing Group, and Discovery At Home, a Medicare-certified home healthcare company. With almost three decades of experience, the award-winning management group has been developing, building, marketing, and operating upscale senior-living communities across the United States. By leveraging its innovative "Experiential Living" philosophy across a growing portfolio of more than 15,000 existing homes or homes under development, Discovery Senior Living is a recognized industry leader for lifestyle customization and today ranks among the 10 largest U.S. senior living operators and providers.

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Sarasota-Charlotte line looks like Florida landfall for shifting Hurricane Ian path

Capital Bureau | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDATALLAHASSEE — Hurricane Ian continued its wobbly path toward Florida, with the Sarasota-Charlotte County line now looming as a likely landfall site Wednesday night, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.The city of Venice in Sarasota w...

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TALLAHASSEE — Hurricane Ian continued its wobbly path toward Florida, with the Sarasota-Charlotte County line now looming as a likely landfall site Wednesday night, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

The city of Venice in Sarasota was earlier projected as the Category 3 hurricane likely location for touching the Florida mainland. But the trajectory is now taking the storm packing 120 m.p.h. winds a bit further south, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“This thing’s the real deal,” DeSantis said Tuesday evening at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. “It’s a major, major storm.”

Some 2.5 million Floridians are under evacuation orders along the west coast – more than one-tenth of the state’s population. Fifty-six counties now have announced school closures as Ian approaches.

Tolls have been lifted on roadways in the evacuation counties, with the covered area now expanded into much of Central Florida. State officials said they haven’t heard problems from evacuees finding no hotel space along their routes.

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'Impacts are going to be far and wide': DeSantis urges entire Gulf Coast to prepare for Ian

DeSantis said Ian’s path now has it heading inland, likely downgraded to a tropical storm, at some point following landfall. The storm is eventually on track to make its way out of the state anywhere from Volusia to St. Johns County on the Atlantic Coast.

DeSantis said the storm will act, “almost like it’s riding I-4.”

“It’s going to meander through the state all the rest of Wednesday night, all of Thursday and it’s going to exit most likely sometime on Friday morning,” he added. “It’s going to be a lot of impacts. And it’s going to be felt far and wide across the state of Florida.”

Biden, DeSantis discuss Ian preparations

President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis communicated with each other late Tuesday, with Hurricane Ian fast approaching Florida, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

“President Biden spoke this evening with Governor DeSantis of Florida to discuss the steps the Federal government is taking to help Florida prepare for Hurricane Ian. The President and the Governor committed to continued close coordination,” tweeted Jean-Pierre.

The call occurred between the two at 6:30 p.m., according to the governor’s schedule.

The president had previously spoken to the mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater about the storm.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell said she and DeSantis had spoken last Friday.

Criswell said Biden is “very focused” on making sure Florida has the resources it needs.

Florida National Guard ready to be deployed

The state has 5,000 Florida National Guard members in place to assist with the storm and its aftermath. Another 28,000 utility personnel also have been deployed in Florida to help with power restoration, DeSantis said.

Guthrie said potential power outages can be expected statewide. He also said those looking to leave the storm's path may not have to go far.

"Many people in the Southwest Florida area, your best bet is going to be evacuate across the state," Guthrie said. "Just go straight across the state to Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach."

Charlotte County resident Connie Gosselin told CNN Tuesday this was her first hurricane and that she felt safer riding out the storm in a local shelter instead of her home.

“I’ve never been in a hurricane,” said Gosselin. “This is my first time and my first time at a shelter, but I feel better here than if I would all alone at home.”

Floridians in flood zones urged to evacuate

The governor and emergency officials continue to press Floridians on Tuesday to follow evacuation orders in advance of the storm’s arrival.

“You still have time today to execute what you need to do,” DeSantis said.

The governor said that the prospect of Ian continuing its eastward path even after a landfall in Sarasota County raises new risk for Florida.

"If you're in some of those interior parts of the state of Florida, up I-4 almost...it's not going to be a Category 3 hurricane by the time it gets to you, but anticipate interruptions, anticipate wind, anticipate a lot of rain," DeSantis said.

DeSantis also traveled Tuesday to Sarasota, where officials had expanded the county’s evacuation order to include its Level B areas, neighboring communities to the Level A neighborhoods where evacuations had already been ordered on barrier islands and in low-lying sections.

“Most of the forecasts have (Hurricane Ian) slowing down to almost a crawl,” DeSantis said. “And what that means is it’s going to dump an inordinate amount of rain.”

About 2.5 million Floridians – more than one-tenth of the state’s population – are now under an evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Ian. School closures are now in place in 35 counties, DeSantis said.

“Make sure you’re making your finishing preparations,” DeSantis said. “Make sure you’re doing what you need to do to be safe. You’re not going to get a mulligan on this one.”

Biden to Florida: 'With you every step of the way'

President Biden on Tuesday sought to reassure millions of Florida residents in the path of Hurricane Ian that federal emergency management officials are on the ground and ready to assist the state before, during and after the dangerous storm strikes the state.

Biden, speaking from the White House Rose Garden, said he spoke by telephone with the mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

“I told each one of them [that] whatever they need … contact me directly and they know how to do that,” he said. “I have a lot of personnel down there already. We're here to support them in every way we can.”

Biden also urged Floridians to obey instructions of state and local officials to evacuate when ordered.

“Your safety is more important than anything,” he said. “I know our hearts are with everyone who will feel the effects of this storm and will be with you every step of the way. We're not going away.”

Earlier at a White House briefing with reporters, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell said her agency and Florida officials were working very closely together in preparation for the storm.

Criswell said she spoke with DeSantis on Friday, as directed by Biden, and that the federal government had a strong team working side-by-side with the governor and his staff that would continue to engage with him.

She said that Gracia B. Szczech, regional administrator for FEMA Region 4, is traveling with the governor "to a few areas" Tuesday to make sure they understand their emergency response needs.

“I think the communication we have had with the state officials has been excellent,’ Criswell said.

"Our biggest concern as we wait for the storm to make landfall is storm surge," Criswell told White House reporters.

She said storm surge is the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths.

"The decision you choose to make may mean the difference between life and death," she said.

John Kennedy is a reporter in the USA TODAY Network’s Florida Capital Bureau. He can be reached at [email protected], or on Twitter at @JKennedyReport

USA Today Network-Florida government accountability reporter Douglas Soule is based in Tallahassee, Fla. He can be reached at [email protected]. Twitter: @DouglasSoule

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