Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Gulf Gate Estates, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Gulf Gate Estates, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
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:
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.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and 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!973-587-8638
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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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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.