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bserver O Happy Father’s Day! EAST COUNTY FREE • Thursday, JUNE 13, 2013 You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood. real estate GRADS Developers break ground on first University Park phase in seven years. PAGE 3 Preschools celebrate Class of 2013. PAGE 9 OUR TOWN water works SCHOOL’s OuT East County schools celebrate end-of-year with fun festivities. PAGE 19 by Pam Eubanks | Managing Editor Construction starts on pipeline Pipeline Breakdown Map detailing reclaimed water transmission line PAGE 2 Braden River Utilities is working to bring reclaimed water to Lakewood Ranch. EAST COUNTY — Lakewood Ranch developer SchroederManatee Ranch is fulfilling its vision to bring higher-quality irrigation water to the community. Braden River Utilities, a private utility company operated by SMR, has begun work to bring reclaimed water from the city of Bradenton to Lakewood Ranch. Funding and design efforts began in early 2012, but East County residents soon will see the result: construction crews digging trenches along State Road 70, east of the Braden River. “(SMR President and CEO) Rex (Jensen) has been trying to get reclaimed water here for 25 years. It’s always been in the plan,” said Bob Simons, president of SMR subsidiary LWR Development and BRU manager, said of why the project is important. “It’s a water quality issue.” SEE WATER / PAGE 2 Courtesy of Leslie Gnaegy See a demonstration of Sharky’s Seafood Rainforest and get the recipe at InTheKitchen. brand building by Josh Siegel | Staff writer + Summer flavors simmer online The Observer has partnered with The Sarasota-Manatee Originals and produced an online video series in which each episode features one of the 53 members of The Originals. In the first video, watch Chef Raymond Arpke, owner of Euphemia Haye, describes his restaurant. Then, he’ll demonstrate how to make Euphemia Haye’s popular Peppercorn Steak. Also online this week is Sharky’s on the Pier. Chef Marc Alton demonstrates how to prepare the Sharky’s Seafood Rainforest dish. Be sure to visit yourobserver. com/InTheKitchen to see the videos and recipes weekly. + Dance teams show off skills Children from Imagine School and Gullett Elementary School showed off their hard work and dancing talents recently, during a special endof-year dance team recital. Wakeland Elementary School’s Dance Team also performed. SEE OUR TOWN / PAGE 4 For two weeks, Nik Wallenda is sharing his practice routine and insight into his life with a hometown audience at Nathan Benderson Park. WIRE WALKER Josh Siegel EAST COUNTY — Halfway through a 1,080-foot-long walk atop a 2-inch steel cable strung above the Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park, Nik Wallenda abruptly squatted into his best pose. Gawking onlookers wanted to snap a photograph. Wallenda directed the shot by motioning with his head, not his hands, which stayed gripped to a 30-foot pole. “You’re on the sunny side; turn around that way,” Wallenda said, instructing the fan away from a glare. It was June 7, during part of a two-week practice session, meant to prepare Wallenda for a 1,300-foot-long walk 1,500 feet above the Grand Canyon. But this is more than a rehearsal for the 34-year-old wire walker with the famous name, although the thicker, heavier cable, hoisted by two cranes and stabilized by dumpsters filled with 140,000 pounds of sand, somewhat mimics the conditions Wallenda will face when he walks over the Little Colorado River in a remote section of Navajo Nation. It’s also a chance to entertain the locals in an intimate setting, in which Wallenda patiently takes questions as he walks the high wire. Although Wallenda answers, his mind, his only safety net from death, should be zoned on the rocks of the canyon. There, he will walk over an area known as Hellhole Bend in two weeks. For someone who is more a businessman than an adrenaline junky, the practice sessions also serve as a way to build brand recognition in his hometown. “To do what I do, you can do it or you can do it,” Wallenda said. “I can walk a wire and have no one show up and have no personality and no relationship with the media and no brand. Or, I can have a personality and be relatable and interact with people on personal basis.” On June 23, at the Grand Canyon, Wallenda perform for an estimated Discovery Channel audience of more than 1 billion people. The upcoming walk, performed without a safety net or harness, but with two small metallic baskets waiting below, will top his June 2012 walk above Niagara Falls. But, it will do little to accomplish another of Wallenda’s goals: to shed his “King of the Wire” nickname, a tag too cocky for a the father of three. INSIDE: Read Wallenda’s insights into his life and career. / PAGE 8 INDEX Courtesy photo by Sherri Proctor Briefs......................7 Classifieds ...........29 Cops Corner..........11 Crossword.............28 Neighborhood.......19 Real Estate...........24 Sports...................13 Weather................28 Vol. 14, No. 24 | One section

East County Observer 06.13.13

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