Watermark selects 10 of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas

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Here we are, approaching that love-filled holiday known as Valentine’s Day: a day that brings butterflies to our stomach as we wonder what romantic surprises our significant other, or others, have prepared for us.

Will it be a fancy dinner, expensive gifts or a beautiful bouquet of long-stem roses? Will it be a night out on the town or a quiet evening at home together? Or, for you singles out there, will it be another terrible, not so good, horrible day that’s full of reminders that you still don’t have someone?

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Jason Lee

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Age: 23

Hometown: Troy, Missouri

How you identify: Heterosexual, Transgender Man

What’s your sign: Gemini-Cancer Cusp

Jason Lee would rather be naked. It’s his mantra and passion.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Lu Mueller-Kaul

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Age: 43

Hometown: Dietzenbach, Germany

How you identify: Bisexual

What’s your sign: Libra

Lu is one of those people in the community who needs no introduction. She’s a former president of the MBA and has been a successful LGBTQ business owner in Orlando for many years.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Darlene Herrick

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Age: 45

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

How you identify: “Try-sexual”

What’s your sign: Libra

“I’m very passionate about my work,” Darlene Herrick says. “I love cooking. I love being a chef. I love creating.”

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Kevin Fonzo

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Age: 54

Hometown: Monroe, New York

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Taurus

Kevin is a man of flavor and taste. He started one of the first truly authentic farm-to-table restaurants in the Central Florida area.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Brooke Renney

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Age: 27

Hometown: Polk County, Florida

How you identify: Lesbian

What’s your sign: Scorpio

Brooke can be summed with two words: passion and politics.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Claire Elisan

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Age: 34

Hometown: San Diego, California

How you identify: Lesbian

What’s your sign: Taurus

Claire Elisan’s dedication to the LGBTQ community is clear from the moment you meet her.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Michael Deeying

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Age: 33

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Aquarius

Michael is a self-professed nerd; he loves golf, Pokemon Go and board games. Above all, he values one thing the most: intelligence.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Jonathan J. Jusino

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Age: 27

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Taurus

If you’ve enjoyed a performance at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, you have Jonathan Jusino to thank.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Justin Shakeri

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Age: 25

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Sagittarius

Justin has one of those smiles you can get lost in. He’s funny, outgoing and charming. Would you expect anything less from an entertainer?

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Aaron Drake

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Age: 31

Hometown: Tipp City, Ohio

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Leo

It’s Aaron’s quest for adventure that led him to graduate high school early and leave his hometown behind to study abroad in college.

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Newly-out Aaron Carter hits the road with his first album in 15 years

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“For me, it’s all about the music,” Tampa-born Aaron Carter says. “And if there is one lesson I’ve learned this [last] year, it’s not to dwell on the past, but to live for the future.”

It’s a wonderful sentiment for the multi-platinum pop star on the eve of the release of LøVë, his first studio album in 15 years, particularly following a year of highly publicized ups and downs. But to understand Carter’s zest for his upcoming release and for the future, one has to examine his past.

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