Deputies Investigate Man’s Drowning In Palm Harbor Pool

PALM HARBOR, FL – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a drowning in Palm Harbor on Monday, Sept. 3.

Deputies were called to the Country Place Apartments community pool, 3975 Country Place Lane, Palm Harbor, at 11:29 a.m. and found a man unresponsive in the water.

Deputies say residents from Country Place Apartments found the victim, 68-year-old Eliezer Rodriguez of 16 Cypress Drive, submerged in the pool.

When deputies arrived, paramedics from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue had already pulled Rodriguez out of the pool and were performing CPR.

Rodriguez was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:56 a.m.

Deputies say surveillance video from the community pool showed Rodriquez was swimming alone at 11:13 a.m., when he went underwater and never resurfaced.

Deputies say the drowning appears accidental.

Image via Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

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Additional Information About 1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

You’ll love this 3 bed, 3.5 bath townhome w/ attached garage & CONSERVATION VIEWS from every level!! Located in the Gated Community of Eagles Reserve in the East Lake Corridor! Landscaped walkway leads to side entrance. Step inside & notice how spacious every room in this home is! Living Rm features high volume ceilings, crown molding & wood burning fireplace. Huge separate formal dining area off kitchen & living rm has chandelier, chair rail molding, crown molding, 1/2 bath for guests & large storage rm w/ built-in shelves. Oversized eat-in kitchen features tile floors, breakfast bar, pantry & stainless steel appliances. Wall of sliders w/ plantation shutters open up to spacious covered & screened lanai w/ serene conservation views. Huge Master Suite takes up entire 2nd floor & features double-door entry, high volume ceilings, crown molding, 2 large walk-in closets, sitting area, conservation views & en suite bath w/ 2 vanity areas, dual sinks, garden soaking tub, step-in shower, private water closet w/ bidet & linen closet. 2nd bedrm faces conservation & includes 2 large closets (1 w/ built-ins & pull-out drawers), large windows facing conservation w/ window seat & private en suite bath w/ step-in shower. 3rd bedrm w/ vaulted ceilings, large oversized windows, 2 large walk-in closets plus a large walk-in storage rm, & a private en suite bath w/ tub/shower combo! PLANTATION SHUTTERS THROUGHOUT! Garage includes built-in cabinets and water softener. NEW TILE ROOF! Central location close to everything!

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Deputies Investigate Man’s Drowning In Palm Harbor Pool

PALM HARBOR, FL – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a drowning in Palm Harbor on Monday, Sept. 3.

Deputies were called to the Country Place Apartments community pool, 3975 Country Place Lane, Palm Harbor, at 11:29 a.m. and found a man unresponsive in the water.

Deputies say residents from Country Place Apartments found the victim, 68-year-old Eliezer Rodriguez of 16 Cypress Drive, submerged in the pool.

When deputies arrived, paramedics from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue had already pulled Rodriguez out of the pool and were performing CPR.

Rodriguez was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:56 a.m.

Deputies say surveillance video from the community pool showed Rodriquez was swimming alone at 11:13 a.m., when he went underwater and never resurfaced.

Deputies say the drowning appears accidental.

Image via Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

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Additional Information About 1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

You’ll love this 3 bed, 3.5 bath townhome w/ attached garage & CONSERVATION VIEWS from every level!! Located in the Gated Community of Eagles Reserve in the East Lake Corridor! Landscaped walkway leads to side entrance. Step inside & notice how spacious every room in this home is! Living Rm features high volume ceilings, crown molding & wood burning fireplace. Huge separate formal dining area off kitchen & living rm has chandelier, chair rail molding, crown molding, 1/2 bath for guests & large storage rm w/ built-in shelves. Oversized eat-in kitchen features tile floors, breakfast bar, pantry & stainless steel appliances. Wall of sliders w/ plantation shutters open up to spacious covered & screened lanai w/ serene conservation views. Huge Master Suite takes up entire 2nd floor & features double-door entry, high volume ceilings, crown molding, 2 large walk-in closets, sitting area, conservation views & en suite bath w/ 2 vanity areas, dual sinks, garden soaking tub, step-in shower, private water closet w/ bidet & linen closet. 2nd bedrm faces conservation & includes 2 large closets (1 w/ built-ins & pull-out drawers), large windows facing conservation w/ window seat & private en suite bath w/ step-in shower. 3rd bedrm w/ vaulted ceilings, large oversized windows, 2 large walk-in closets plus a large walk-in storage rm, & a private en suite bath w/ tub/shower combo! PLANTATION SHUTTERS THROUGHOUT! Garage includes built-in cabinets and water softener. NEW TILE ROOF! Central location close to everything!

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Additional Information About 1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
1674 Arabian Ln, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

You’ll love this 3 bed, 3.5 bath townhome w/ attached garage & CONSERVATION VIEWS from every level!! Located in the Gated Community of Eagles Reserve in the East Lake Corridor! Landscaped walkway leads to side entrance. Step inside & notice how spacious every room in this home is! Living Rm features high volume ceilings, crown molding & wood burning fireplace. Huge separate formal dining area off kitchen & living rm has chandelier, chair rail molding, crown molding, 1/2 bath for guests & large storage rm w/ built-in shelves. Oversized eat-in kitchen features tile floors, breakfast bar, pantry & stainless steel appliances. Wall of sliders w/ plantation shutters open up to spacious covered & screened lanai w/ serene conservation views. Huge Master Suite takes up entire 2nd floor & features double-door entry, high volume ceilings, crown molding, 2 large walk-in closets, sitting area, conservation views & en suite bath w/ 2 vanity areas, dual sinks, garden soaking tub, step-in shower, private water closet w/ bidet & linen closet. 2nd bedrm faces conservation & includes 2 large closets (1 w/ built-ins & pull-out drawers), large windows facing conservation w/ window seat & private en suite bath w/ step-in shower. 3rd bedrm w/ vaulted ceilings, large oversized windows, 2 large walk-in closets plus a large walk-in storage rm, & a private en suite bath w/ tub/shower combo! PLANTATION SHUTTERS THROUGHOUT! Garage includes built-in cabinets and water softener. NEW TILE ROOF! Central location close to everything!

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Deputies Investigate Man’s Drowning In Palm Harbor Pool

PALM HARBOR, FL – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a drowning in Palm Harbor on Monday, Sept. 3.

Deputies were called to the Country Place Apartments community pool, 3975 Country Place Lane, Palm Harbor, at 11:29 a.m. and found a man unresponsive in the water.

Deputies say residents from Country Place Apartments found the victim, 68-year-old Eliezer Rodriguez of 16 Cypress Drive, submerged in the pool.

When deputies arrived, paramedics from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue had already pulled Rodriguez out of the pool and were performing CPR.

Rodriguez was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:56 a.m.

Deputies say surveillance video from the community pool showed Rodriquez was swimming alone at 11:13 a.m., when he went underwater and never resurfaced.

Deputies say the drowning appears accidental.

Image via Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

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Children’s Harbor offers foster children a safe place to call home

Braulio, left, and Franky Alvarez are 18-year-old twins who recently aged out of the Children’s Harbor program in Pembroke Pines. The teens lived on campus along with other foster care children and have moved out to their first apartment while attending college. (Michael Laughlin / Sun Sentinel)

Twins Franky and Braulio Alvarez are not letting an unstable and troubled upbringing, which led them into foster care, stop them from moving on to college and loftier goals.

The 18-year-olds are proudly independent and recently moved into their first apartment not far from Broward College where they attend in Davie. Both aim high and hope to go to medical school.

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But to get this far, the Alvarez twins needed help — and they got it from kind strangers who stepped in when relatives couldn’t.

Children’s Harbor, a residential campus for foster children, opened its doors for the Alvarez boys last year. The organization prides itself on keeping siblings in foster care together for emotional support. A relationship with a brother or sister is especially vital for children who are removed from neglectful or abusive homes, said Elizabeth Wynter, the agency’s CEO.

"They lose everything," she said. "But then to lose your sibling on top of that — that’s been your go-to person — is a trauma no child should have to go through."

Keeping that bond strong and close was also important for the Alvarez brothers.

"We had each other to pick each other up," Braulio said. "Even though everything else was changing, I knew him."

Children’s Harbor is supported by the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund, which benefits South Florida nonprofit organizations that help local families and children in need.

Before the twins moved to the 13-acre Pembroke Pines campus, they were exposed to drug dealers, robberies and gang members in West Palm Beach where they lived, they said. They were often left alone during the school week with little money — and they mostly survived off snacks and cookies from the dollar store, the brothers said.

But instead of being drawn to a life of crime, the twins kept tabs on each other and vowed to stay away and do better, they said. What helped them ward off bad influences?

"The dream of something better," Franky said. "We really needed to get out."

When Children’s Harbor took them in last fall, Franky and Braulio said they tried their best to be as polite as possible. What they got in return was simple but surprising, they said: kindness.

Before the holidays, staff asked the brothers to make a Christmas gift list. The thoughtfulness blew their minds, they said. It had been years since their own mother had bought them presents.

"It’s not just about another kid in foster care," Wynter said. "They aren’t cases to us, these are faces."

Children’s Harbor houses several sets of siblings and other foster children in duplexes that are tastefully furnished and decorated, appearing anything but institutional and very much like home. The organization is licensed to provide up to 34 children with a place to live.

In each home, "house parents" rule the roost, setting bedtimes, assigning chores and even taking kids to doctors’ appointments, if needed. They share a meal every night as one big family at the dinner table.

For Donna Laurenfort, one of the house parents, becoming a mother to foster children in need was a dream come true. She was never able to have children of her own and couldn’t ignore her maternal instincts.

"This is what I always wanted to do," she said, getting tearful. "I always wanted a house full of boys. Everything just comes natural. You have rules and policies, you have to put structure. It doesn’t seem like a job."

Now, even as adults, Franky and Braulio’s support system has not vanished. They formed special bonds with a former CEO and a maintenance worker at Children’s Harbor who have stood by as guides for the boys as they begin to navigate adulthood.

Sue Glasscock, the former CEO of Children’s Harbor, was one of those who saw the boys’ potential. She helped the twins with their first apartment and college applications.

"I think they have matured a great deal very quickly often because that’s what you have to do when you enter foster care," Glasscock said. "It’s hard to imagine being completely on their own at that age, but they were.

"They just needed a safety net," she said.

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About the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund

Until Dec. 31, 2015, you will be reading stories in the Sun Sentinel, and on SunSentinel.com, about local agencies supported by the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund.

Already in 2015, the Children’s Fund has awarded over $200,000 to support 16 charities. By the end of the year, another $300,000 will be awarded.

How to donate:

Call 800-519-2480, or go online at SunSentinelChildrensFund.org/donate.

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Children’s Harbor offers foster children a safe place to call home

Braulio, left, and Franky Alvarez are 18-year-old twins who recently aged out of the Children’s Harbor program in Pembroke Pines. The teens lived on campus along with other foster care children and have moved out to their first apartment while attending college. (Michael Laughlin / Sun Sentinel)

Twins Franky and Braulio Alvarez are not letting an unstable and troubled upbringing, which led them into foster care, stop them from moving on to college and loftier goals.

The 18-year-olds are proudly independent and recently moved into their first apartment not far from Broward College where they attend in Davie. Both aim high and hope to go to medical school.

No compatible source was found for this media.

But to get this far, the Alvarez twins needed help — and they got it from kind strangers who stepped in when relatives couldn’t.

Children’s Harbor, a residential campus for foster children, opened its doors for the Alvarez boys last year. The organization prides itself on keeping siblings in foster care together for emotional support. A relationship with a brother or sister is especially vital for children who are removed from neglectful or abusive homes, said Elizabeth Wynter, the agency’s CEO.

"They lose everything," she said. "But then to lose your sibling on top of that — that’s been your go-to person — is a trauma no child should have to go through."

Keeping that bond strong and close was also important for the Alvarez brothers.

"We had each other to pick each other up," Braulio said. "Even though everything else was changing, I knew him."

Children’s Harbor is supported by the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund, which benefits South Florida nonprofit organizations that help local families and children in need.

Before the twins moved to the 13-acre Pembroke Pines campus, they were exposed to drug dealers, robberies and gang members in West Palm Beach where they lived, they said. They were often left alone during the school week with little money — and they mostly survived off snacks and cookies from the dollar store, the brothers said.

But instead of being drawn to a life of crime, the twins kept tabs on each other and vowed to stay away and do better, they said. What helped them ward off bad influences?

"The dream of something better," Franky said. "We really needed to get out."

When Children’s Harbor took them in last fall, Franky and Braulio said they tried their best to be as polite as possible. What they got in return was simple but surprising, they said: kindness.

Before the holidays, staff asked the brothers to make a Christmas gift list. The thoughtfulness blew their minds, they said. It had been years since their own mother had bought them presents.

"It’s not just about another kid in foster care," Wynter said. "They aren’t cases to us, these are faces."

Children’s Harbor houses several sets of siblings and other foster children in duplexes that are tastefully furnished and decorated, appearing anything but institutional and very much like home. The organization is licensed to provide up to 34 children with a place to live.

In each home, "house parents" rule the roost, setting bedtimes, assigning chores and even taking kids to doctors’ appointments, if needed. They share a meal every night as one big family at the dinner table.

For Donna Laurenfort, one of the house parents, becoming a mother to foster children in need was a dream come true. She was never able to have children of her own and couldn’t ignore her maternal instincts.

"This is what I always wanted to do," she said, getting tearful. "I always wanted a house full of boys. Everything just comes natural. You have rules and policies, you have to put structure. It doesn’t seem like a job."

Now, even as adults, Franky and Braulio’s support system has not vanished. They formed special bonds with a former CEO and a maintenance worker at Children’s Harbor who have stood by as guides for the boys as they begin to navigate adulthood.

Sue Glasscock, the former CEO of Children’s Harbor, was one of those who saw the boys’ potential. She helped the twins with their first apartment and college applications.

"I think they have matured a great deal very quickly often because that’s what you have to do when you enter foster care," Glasscock said. "It’s hard to imagine being completely on their own at that age, but they were.

"They just needed a safety net," she said.

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About the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund

Until Dec. 31, 2015, you will be reading stories in the Sun Sentinel, and on SunSentinel.com, about local agencies supported by the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund.

Already in 2015, the Children’s Fund has awarded over $200,000 to support 16 charities. By the end of the year, another $300,000 will be awarded.

How to donate:

Call 800-519-2480, or go online at SunSentinelChildrensFund.org/donate.

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Additional Information About 3527 Greenglen Cir, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

3527 Greenglen Cir, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
3527 Greenglen Cir, Palm Harbor, FL 34684

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Date Event Price Price/Sq Ft Source 08/28/2018 Listed $229,000 $228 MyFloridaMLS 05/02/2017 Price Changed $229,900 $229 MyFloridaMLS 04/18/2017 Listed $234,900 $234 MyFloridaMLS 01/17/2009 Listed $175,000 $174 MyFloridaMLS 01/17/2009 Listed $175,000 $174 PinellasWestPasco
Year Taxes Land Additions Total Assessment 2017 $3,203 $89,299 + $85,667 = $174,966 2016 $2,955 – + N/A = $156,816 2015 $2,791 – + N/A = $146,396

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Sheriff: Man Driving Erratically Before Fatal Palm Harbor Crash

PALM HARBOR, FL – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed a 22-year-old man.

The crash occurred at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday Aug. 28, at 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor.

According to investigators, 22-year-old Austin R. Marr was driving his 2014 Volkswagen GTI west on Curlew Road. Witnesses, including off-duty Pinellas Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Gregory, drove past Marr who initially appeared to be slowing or stopping along the curb lane of Curlew Road just west of Belcher Road.

Gregory reported to investigators that before he could safely turn around to check on Marr, the Volkswagen abruptly accelerated, heading west on Curlew Road at a high speed and then turning left across all lanes of traffic. Marr struck a light pole, a utility box and a traffic sign before becoming airborne and crashing into a large oak tree.

Paramedics arrived on scene and extricated Marr from his badly damaged car. Bayflight transported Marr to St Joseph’s Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators don’t know what caused the erratic driving that led to Marr’s death.

Image via Pinellas Sheriff

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