SSG Alex Dillmann reflects on day that changed his life forever

Dillmann and one of his closest friends were on a night mission when their truck rolled over an IED. The blast that killed his friend was the same one that left Dillmann paralyzed from the chest down. (Angie Angers, staff)

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — It’s not easy for SSG Alex Dillmann to relive the day that his life changed forever.

SSG Alex Dillmann shares story at Curlew Hills Blast killed Dillmann’s friend, left Dillmann paralyzed

It was late Feb. 2011 while deployed in Afghanistan when he lost one of his closest friends, Sgt. Kristopher Gould.

The two were on a night mission when their truck rolled over an IED. The blast that killed his friend was the same one that left Dillmann paralyzed from the chest down.

On Monday morning, Dillmann shared his story to more than 300 people at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens.

He reflected on one of the hardest moments, when he was still learning to get around on his own and fell to the ground.

"I was looking up at the ceiling … and thinking, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore,’" he said to the audience. "Then I thought of Kris and him saying ‘Hey man, it could always be worse.’"

Dillmann says that it’s Kristopher’s spirit that drives him every day.

"It’s natural to feel self-pity, but as soon as he pops into my mind it just shuts it all down, and I get right back on track and continue the mission," he explained.

Dillmann says his wife Holly has also been crucial in his road to recovery. His life also took on a new purpose in 2016 when they welcomed their son into the world.

"It’s just the American Dream. It definitely gives me another reason to wake up and to continue, and to provide," Dillmann said.

They named him Maximus Kristopher, in honor of his late friend. It was a decision, Dillmann says, that was very easy to make.

"It was only natural, and it helps me too because every time I look at him, I see a little bit of Kris!" he exclaimed.

Dillmann is now attending Kaiser University and is working towards a degree in cyber forensics. He hopes to continue on and work for the Department of Homeland Security.

Dillmann shared his story in front of a crowd of 300 in Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens on Memorial Day. (Angie Angers, staff)

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Property Details for 4703 Belden Cir

4703 Belden Cir, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
4703 Belden Cir, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

In a word, WOW!! This is the most updated home you will see. Absolutely nothing to do but move in and enjoy this beauty sitting on a corner lot with a side load oversized 2 car garage. Complete reno just finished and ready for you! Starting with a new dimensional shingle roof in 2017. This triple split floor plan has formal living room with wood burning fireplace and crown molding, formal dining, kitchen with breakfast area and adjoining family room. Tons of windows make this a light, bright and neutral beauty. Engineered hardwood flooring in living areas and master bedroom. Porcelain tile in the kitchen and bath. New carpet in 3 bedrooms. Gorgeous all new kitchen with real wood cabinets with dovetail and soft closing drawers, granite tops, two pantries and high end blk stainless appliances. Three completely new baths with brand new tile, tub, toilets and all wood vanities with dovetail drawers and soft closing. Just painted in/out. Fresh landscaping and mulch. Beautiful resurfaced pool with new pump and tons of under cover area to relax. Brand new double leaded glass doors welcome you in. The list of new is endless including: 5 ton a/c, hot water tank, garage door opener, 5 inch baseboard, all lighting in/out and fans, sprinkler control all exterior doors including three sets of 8 ft high sliders, all interior doors, bifolds and hardware, laundry tub and cabinets, ugly popcorn removed and replaced with textured ceilings, closet shelving, and window blinds. Better hurry, going to go fast! Broker/owner

Property Features

3 Full Bathroom(s) Bathrooms Total Interger: 3
Patio And Porch Features: Enclosed Lot Features: Corner Lot, Cul-de-sac, In County, Street Paved Lot Size Square Feet: 13521

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Concierge Auctions Expands Spring Lineup With New Opportunities Spanning The Globe – San Antonio Business Journal

NEW YORK, April 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A beachfront Floridian island property, a grand Texan estate and a luxury Mauritian villa off the coast of Southeast Africa are among the latest luxury real estate offerings available this spring through Concierge Auctions. The industry leader presents six new opportunities in its latest lineup of properties, the majority of which will sell Without Reserve to the highest bidders. The auctions will take place via the firm’s online marketplace,, allowing prospective buyers to bid digitally in real time across the globe.

Concierge Auctions’ April Lineup Features:

Key Biscayne, FL — Bidding Opens April 26th; Bidding Ends April 30th
Buena Vista | 960 Harbor Drive

Previously listed for $30 million, the 1.67-acre estate named Buena Vista is located at 960 Harbor Drive on the bay of the highly coveted island destination, Key Biscayne. Nestled between Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and an 18-hole championship golf course in Crandon Park, the coastal home is comprised of 12,520 square feet and features a private beach with 750 feet of water frontage, stunning views, and two docks that can accommodate a yacht up to 120 feet. With seamless indoor/outdoor living spaces, the Caribbean-style residence offers nine bedrooms; a master retreat with private veranda featuring ocean views; a chef’s kitchen with custom floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and two islands; a great room; family room; stone fireplace; home office; 16-seat home theater; fully-equipped exercise studio; and a Spanish-style interior courtyard.

Outdoors, the estate boasts a resort-style cabana, kitchen, and dining patio; a saltwater pool and hot tub; two tennis courts; an attached garage; carport; and a detached eight-car garage. Designed by celebrated Miami architect Raymond Jungles, the estate’s landscape harmoniously complements the island’s natural shrubbery with tree-shaded paths, colorful foliage, and manicured grounds. The property sits on the largest buildable lot in the coveted enclave and provides the utmost privacy as well as close proximity to the bustle of downtown Miami. It will sell Without Reserve in cooperation with Billy Nash of Nash Luxury at The Keyes Company.

"This is a one-of-kind opportunity to own your own private, tropical oasis on over 1.6 acres with 740 feet of water frontage. Simply put, it’s an incredible estate – one of the most special properties in all of Florida," stated Nash. "The Island of Key Biscayne is only 4.1 miles long, so to own this unique property would be an incredible coup."

Dallas Area, Texas — Bidding Opens April 17th; Bidding Ends April 20th
6413 Old Gate Road

6413 Old Gate Road is a grand Texan estate located within the prestigious King’s Gate community, just outside of the Dallas metro area. The 14,279-square-foot family home features seven en-suite bedrooms; a formal piano area; sitting room; billiards and media room with separate wet bars; two home theaters; a 2,500-bottle wine cellar with flooring imported from Bordeaux; multiple offices; and a full gym. Outdoors, the estate offers two heated/lighted swimming pools, a raised spa, Texas-shaped rock; waterfalls and a fireplace; professional-grade tennis court; two outdoor kitchens; and Pennsylvania bluestone patios.

Situated on 1.86 acres, the residence was built by luxury home builder and renovation specialists, the McClure Brothers. It was designed by renowned interior designer Richard Trimble. While the estate is located in a private, gated community, it is in close proximity to the Historic Arts District in downtown Plano, and just a 30-minute commute to downtown Dallas.

Previously listed for $6.999 million, the property will sell Without Reserve in cooperation with Kyle Crews and Ani Nosnik of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

"This property has everything a luxury buyer looks for — old-world charm that seamlessly blends with modern amenities, and an open floor plan throughout that lends itself to entertaining groups of all sizes," Crews stated. "A guarded and gated community in close proximity to Legacy West, also convenient to downtown Dallas, this auction opportunity is rare. Buyers, take notice."

Lunéa Villa, Mauritius — Bidding Opens April 27th; Bidding Ends April 30th
Lunéa Villa | Anahita Spa and Golf Resort

Located in Mauritius, the idyllic tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean, a luxury villa will sell Without Reserve. Currently listed for $4.5 million, Lunéa Villa is comprised of 2,200 square metres and situated within Anahita Spa and Golf Resort, off the Île aux Cerfs Lagoon and adjacent to the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita.

Offering 450 metres of internal living space, the property boasts expansive lagoon and ocean views and features four en-suite bedrooms, a private study and a number of entertaining spaces. Outdoors, the villa includes a deck, a landscaped garden with palm trees, an al fresco dining area, a 10-meter infinity pool, and a two-car garage with ample storage space. Residents within the gated community also have access to the resort facilities including a private beach, pool, spa, tennis courts, fitness center, and restaurants.

"We are privileged to operate in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Without a doubt, coming to Anahita for our inaugural sale in the quintessentially iconic location of Mauritius is among the best of the best," stated Concierge Auctions Strategic Advisor Charlie Smith. "Not only is it tremendously exciting, but it also acknowledges a further step in our global expansion — now 19 countries, and counting."

Additional Upcoming Auctions Include:

Park City, Utah — 3287 Deer Crest Estates Drive, Lot 72 — Bidding Opened; Closes April 6th In cooperation with Chad Mitchell of Discovery Properties. Currently Listed for $10 million. Selling At or Above $7.9 million. Sacramento, California — 6301 Garden Highway — Bidding Opens April 17th; Closes April 20th In cooperation with Kim Pacini-Hauch of Nor Cal Gold Inc. dba RE/MAX Gold. Currently Listed for $2.3 million. Selling Without Reserve. Charlotte Area, North Carolina —11 Oak Road — Bidding Opens April 26th; Closes April 30th In cooperation with John-Mark Mitchell of Mitchell Prime Properties. Previously Listed for $2.495 million. Selling Without Reserve.

As part of Concierge Auctions’ Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes, each sale will result in a new home built for a family in need.

Concierge Auctions offers a commission to the buyers’ representing real estate agents. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details.

For more information on any of these auctions, or if you have a remarkable property to submit for consideration to the Concierge Auctions’ platform, call 212.202.2940.

About Concierge Auctions
Concierge Auctions is the largest luxury real estate marketplace in the world. Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the company has generated nearly $2 billion in sales and is active in 38 U.S. states/territories and 19 countries. Concierge curates the best properties globally, matches them with qualified buyers, and facilitates transparent, market-driven transactions in an expedited timeframe. The firm owns what is arguably the most valuable, ultra-high-net-worth client list in real estate and has been named one of America’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine for the past four years.

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Winter Haven tops Palm Harbor University at Blue Devil Classic

Ridge Community fell to Bradenton Inspiration Academy while Lakeland Christian crushed Kingdom Prep.

WINTER HAVEN — Winter Haven beat Palm Harbor University 4-0 on the second day of the 2018 Blue Devil Classic but, if you listened to Blue Devils head coach David Schafer after the game, it was less about the win and more about the preparation.

Winter Haven got the best of Florida commit Hunter Mink. They took advantage of three Hurricane errors. They want to use the Blue Devil Classic as a tune-up for the postseason.

“We’re headed in the right direction,” Schafer said. “We’re not headed in the right direction fast, but we are inching along.”

Winter Haven opened the scoring on Juan Gonzalez’s single to the shortstop in the third inning. The ball took a funny bounce over the defender’s head, allowing the runner to scoot home from third. Hunter Morales added to the lead in the fourth with an RBI single thanks to a wild throw by the Palm Harbor third baseman.

Rohsean Riley made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the fifth before a final run scored on a wild pitch from Mink in the sixth inning.

“We’ve already seen guys who throw 96 (mph) and others, so it’s not the first guy we’ve faced and our kids weren’t surprised by it,” Shafer said of Mink, who throws 88-90 mph. “That’s why I thought we had good at-bats off a good arm and I was pleased with that.”

Blue Devils starter Randy Pritchard wiggled out of an early bases-loaded jam in the second inning, getting Anthony Young to groundout to end the threat. It was the only trouble he had all day as he gave up just two hits over four shutout innings.

Pritchard is coming back from a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. He suffered the injury during football and Schafer said he isn’t quite back to where they would like him to be in terms of arm strength. Prichard agreed.

But even with his fastball down from the mid-80s to the low-80s, he found a way on Tuesday.

“I felt like I accomplished a lot, overcoming that,” he said. “Not much has changed but more I had to work a whole lot harder this year just to get back to where I was last year. To get even better, I have to work twice as hard.”

Bradenton Inspiration Academy beat Ridge Community 3-1 in the first game of the day at Jim Whitney Field. Kristen Martinez started on the mound for the Bolts. Ridge out-hit Inspiration 5-4 in defeat.

Lakeland Christian crushed Kingdom Prep 15-1 in the second game. The Vikings pounded out eight hits while Kingdom mustered just one.

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American Golfer: 2018

Benchmark International Sponsors Valspar Snake Pit 2018

Benchmark International is pleased to have taken part in this PGA Tour golfing event located in Palm Harbor, Florida. This year brought the largest non-masters television audience since 2015. There were more than 30,000 attendees to this year’s event as well. No doubt, Tiger Woods’ participation played a role in the traffic that passed through for this four-day event. His long-anticipated return certainly upped the ante at this year’s event.The “Snake Pit” is the name given to the final three holes at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course. Hole 16 has been dubbed one the most challenging holes on the PGA Tour. Benchmark International hosted the main event tent, which was located in this area near the green off of hole 17. Continue reading “Benchmark International Sponsors Valspar Snake Pit 2018”

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth Commit To Innisbrook Valspar Tourney ...

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth Commit To Innisbrook Valspar Tourney

PALM HARBOR, FL – Golf fans will have a chance to see some of their favorite professional golfers in action when the 2018 Valspar Championship returns to Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor March 5-11.

Two of the biggest names in professional golf, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, are among the players who have committed to participate in the championship, part of what pro golfers refer to as the “Florida swing.” The Valspar Championship is one of a series of events played in the Sunshine State leading up to the PGA’s Masters Tournament April 5-8 in August, Georgia. Continue reading “Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth Commit To Innisbrook Valspar Tourney”

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Palm Harbor, FL Real Estate: Newly Listed Homes for Sale

The houses for sale in and around Palm Harbor are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Florida. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Palm Harbor listed by our partners at Continue reading “Palm Harbor, FL Real Estate: Newly Listed Homes for Sale”

Possible Sinkhole Causes Palm Harbor Home To Be 'Uninhabitable ...

Possible Sinkhole Causes Palm Harbor Home To Be ‘Uninhabitable’

PALM HARBOR, FL – A Palm Harbor home has been determined to be “uninhabitable” because of a possible sinkhole in the Highland Estates subdivision, Pinellas County officials said Wednesday afternoon. The home was found to have cracks in its foundation and also inside the home with some of the floorboards popping up and cracks in the walls. Authorities have determined that the unstable ground does not appear to be spreading to other properties.

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