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Start searching for those alarm clocks. Children around Brevard County no longer will be able to stay up late watching movies or playing on the computer. Waking up late will end Thursday, Aug. 10 when public schools begin the 2017-2018 school year. Any last-minute vacations or long-weekend treks better be taken now. Take a drive to

the north and take a dip at a few of the cold-water springs in other counties. Drive over to St. Petersburg to see the Tampa Bay Rays play. They’re making a run for the American League playoffs, challenging the Red Sox and Yankees. Go to our wonderful shorelines or make a trek to beaches around the state. You won’t regret it. There’s no such thing as a bad day at the beach. VV

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Viera continues to be a dream come true for Duda family BY JULIE STURGEON

As Viera continues to grow, a dream is unfolding for the Duda family. The Dudas, founders of Viera, always have had faith in their dreams. Viera means faith in Slavic, and the Duda family’s faith and vision has served them well. Faith has paved a path to prosperity for the Dudas, through both agricultural operations and the development of Viera, the master planned community which is currently flourishing as construction keeps pace with buyer demand. So just who are the Dudas and what is their vision? It is a story rich with history and family ties. The Dudas first came to Brevard as immigrants from Slovakia. After accumulating plots of land, the family started the A. Duda & Sons, Inc. in 1926. A. Duda and Sons, Inc. is a 91-year-old diversified land company, consisting of agriculture, ranching and real estate operations. Third-generation Dudas established The Viera Company, a subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. and the master developer for Viera. “Viera was once a 38,000acre parent track called the Cocoa Ranch,” said Todd J. Pokrywa, the Senior Vice President, Land Use Planning and Development, The Viera Company. “In

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the ’80s, future planning commenced when the Duda family started thinking about what the property was going to be when it (grew) up. By 1992, the first community, Hammock Lakes was underway in Viera East.” Fast forward 25 years to 2017. Viera is a topselling master-planned community in the United States. There are a little more than 20,500 acres of neighborhoods, restaurants and business parks, along with an emerging town center and numerous tree-lined trails. Home to approximately 23,000 residents, Viera continues to sell houses to a diverse market. Vision has become reality as the Dudas’ master-planned community unfolds. “We offer something for

all ages and income levels — single-family homes, villas, retirement communities, even apartments,” Pokrywa said. “There is everything from the highest priced on the north end with Adelaide, which is a million-plus community, to Viera’s first modern luxury design in the neighborhood of Modern Duran to new multi-family rental communities.” What started as an agriculture enterprise continues to grow as Viera expands to the west and south. While Viera is experiencing a building boom, the master-planned community continues to include plenty of green space. Pokrywa said there are more than 100 miles of hard and soft trails throughout the community of Viera. “It’s one of the features

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we pride ourselves on, and the trail system is consistently rated the number one amenity that residents and prospective buyers value,” Pokrywa said. “We’ve worked hard to integrate the trail system between neighborhoods

and other destinations in the community, such as The Avenue Viera, the Viera Regional Park, Brevard Zoo, and the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera.”

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According to Nina unique services Salvaggio, community such as lawn communications specialist maintenance. for The Viera Company, the Arrivas Village, development process also located near The includes commitment for Avenue Viera, has VIERA VOICE Jill Blue-Gaines an approximately 5,300a neo-traditional New homes are under construction in Reeling Park, south of Wickham Road. acre Viera Wilderness concept with One of many walking trails in Viera beckons residents to enjoy nature. Park habitat protection alleys and a area. That conservation Spanish Colonial to other destinations such as trails, recreational area is in addition to the architecture style. Trasona throughout the community.” space, parks and dailyRitch Grissom Memorial Cove incorporates a coving To the east of Trasona needs retail.” Wetlands. urban planning style and is Kerrington, with lots Thanks to an evolving “Our community parks is highlighted by winding offered within both gated vision, Viera’s carefully are readily accessible to roads and varying home and non-gated segments. designed developments Viera neighborhoods,” setbacks. Other Addison Village ensure a sense of Salvaggio said. “In each “Trasona Cove east neighborhoods include timelessness and value that neighborhood, you can and west is a coving Reeling Park, which will will sustain the community traverse the community in community,” Pokrywa said. offer some homes similar long into the future. Like order to get to community “The layout of the curved to Arrivas Village, Seville Viera, the Duda family or neighborhood parks streets and neighborhoods with acclaimed custom and keeps growing. The family via the trail system and results in a design that uses regional builders, Loren includes 208 members of community sidewalks.” less infrastructure. “This Cove offering duplexes the third through sixth VIERA MEANS Many new communities creates different lot sizes and four-plexes, and generations. The Duda are under way, each with and interesting views, along NETWORKING GROUP Bridgewater, a 55-plus Company is led by CEO a unique concept. Some with a trail system that community. David Duda, a fourthare gated, some offer links those neighborhoods Viera’s master plan generation family member. stresses the building “Viera isn’t even halfway of a community and a complete after 28 years, town rather than just a so we still have a long way subdivision. Part of that to go,” Pokrywa said. “We vision includes the village continue to diversify our concept. range of product offerings “Addison Village is the so we can respond to first of four villages,” buyers’ interest throughout Salvaggio said. “Each village the entire spectrum of the Check out the Q&L website for class schedule and events. Check out the Q&L website forevents. classfor schedule and events. Check website for class schedule Check out theBaby Q&Land website class schedule and events.  Weout arethe an Q&L authorized, full line retailer for Lock® , will offer unique amenities market.” V V VIERA MEANS BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP We are an authorized, full line retailer for Baby Lock®,  We are an full ,line retailer for Baby Lock®,  We are an authorized, full line retailer forauthorized, Baby Lock®


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Try out for “The Nutcracker” even if you’re 80, or older BY MUFFY BERLYN

Warm up with pliés (deep knee bends) and try out at the open auditions for “The Nutcracker” this year on Aug. 12 at the King Center. The audition times for each age group will be posted online on the Space Coast Ballet Company’s website at spacecoastballetcompany. com. There is a $10 fee to audition. All age groups are needed for the party scene. Principal dancers come from around the world to perform key roles in “The Nutcracker.” “They come from Russia, New York, Boston, we always have the best of the best,” said Loretta Grella, co-chairwoman of the Space Coast Ballet Company’s board of directors. “Usually we have the two principals, the adult Clara and the Prince are professionals, a total of five people are professionals, the rest is community based. We take from all dance schools. You don’t even have to have been in a dance school” to pass the audition. People 3 years old to 80 are in the party scene.” Laurie Bollhoefer, 19, was 5 when she started taking ballet lessons and she joined the Space Coast Ballet Company 12 years ago. She’s barely known a world without dance. Last year, she danced the role of Snow Queen and danced in the Waltz of the Flowers as part of the annual “The Nutcracker” at the King Center, which is performed the first Saturday

in December with two performances, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “I really like the work you have to put into it,” she said of ballet. Bollhoefer enjoys the discipline. “The more work you put in the more results you see.” Bollhoefer, a sophomore at HOW Florida Tech, is RUNWAY S CTION studying software U A SILENT engineering. OP POP UP SH IT Performing IB H ART EX INK 30, possibly 40 R D FOOD & performances, SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of the Space Coast Ballet Company in her young life Dancers perform in the beloved and anshe said, “I’ll nual “The Nutcracker” at the King Center. always want to Gift Certificates Available dance forever. Any questions can be Maybe not in the WITH RECEIVE THIS directed through the website, professional world, but it’s AD spacecoastballetcompany. a really great thing to do Valid in store only. Cannot be combined with any other offer or sale items com, in the contact us forever.” section. VV Known for its intricate and beautiful sets from St. Petersburg, Russia, “The Nutcracker” will celebrate its 15th consecutive year at the King Center in December. Grella plans on something “extra special” LIFE for this year. She would not divulge her secret, but it will be something dealing with the dancers. This year’s performances will be directed by Space Coast Ballet Company’s striking new artistic director, resort–style, Artem Yachmennikov, independent who has an impressive background in ballet. It will adhere to a traditional interpretation of characters and plot.

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Viera High’s Guettler bonds with father while golfing BY CARL KOTALA

He first picked up a golf club at the age of three, but it wasn’t until just two years ago that Gage Guettler started playing the game consistently. And it was for the best possible reason. “My dad’s a huge golfer, always has been,” Guettler said. “He was like, ‘Why don’t you try this? Pick up a golf club, come out with me and practice. I was like, ‘Hey, this is pretty fun.’ I might want to try this.’ “And here I am now.” The Viera High sophomore will head to Orlando on Aug. 12 to take part in the Drive, Chip & Putt sub-regional competition at the Cypress Bay Golf Club. The top two in each age group from that event will move on to

the regional round at TPC Sawgrass on Sept. 16 with the winner there getting a chance to compete for the national title next spring at golf’s holy ground, The Masters, in Augusta, Ga. Guettler qualified for the sub-regional by winning the local competition in the 14-15 boys age group at the Duran Golf Club in May. The event drew more than 100 children from all over Central Florida and was a smashing success that should ensure Duran will get to host future Drive, Chip & Putt events. Founded in 2013 by The Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is a free nationwide development

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State tournament run ends for three VSLL teams BY CARL KOTALA

The Viera-Suntree Little League showed once again it’s among the top leagues in Brevard County this All-Star season. The VSLL had three teams win both district and sectional titles to advance to the state tournament. One of those teams — Seniors baseball — reached the state championship game while the 8-10 softball and 9-11 baseball teams got to the state semifinals. The Seniors baseball team went to Fort Braden and defeated San Mateo 12-2, Hancock 10-3 and St. Cloud 4-3 to get out of pool play. The team played North Springs in the title game, but wound up losing 18-2. Members of the team include: Bill Moser; Carson Janssen; Brady Janssen; Tyler Madl; Zach Taylor; Jackson Taylor; Christian Stubbendeck; Evan Blake; J.T. Smith; Joe Veltri; Eric Allen; Luke Brown; Caleb Smallwood; Nick Durgin; Thomas Kaye and Hunter Longtin. After getting to last year’s state championship game,

the VSLL 8-10 softball team was determined to make another run at the state title … and the girls nearly pulled it off. Manager Eric Power’s team dominated district and section play to get back to the tournament and then won a couple of close VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala games against Luke Campbell delivers a pitch for the VieraCallahan 7-6 and Suntree Little League 9-11 All-Stars. The team Fort Myers 5-4, won district and section titles and reached the with the former state semifinals. being decided on Tori Berry’s inside-the-park home run. it this far is amazing,” Power The wins put the 8-10 wrote in an email. “These softball team into the state girls are young and will semifinals in Land O’Lakes, continue on their athletic where it lost to a powerhouse journey in this sport. Good Windermere team 15-1. news is half our team is Despite not getting to the league age 9, so they get to title game, it was a heck of an use this experience, come accomplishment just getting back next year and make back to the tournament for another run for the 8-10 the players state title in 2018. They gave “So proud of our team, their all for our Viera Suntree to return to the state community.” tournament with half the Members of that 8-10 girls from last year and make team include: Haley Rider;

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Apollos Horrell homered twice in a 9-3 opening victory against Palm Coast and Luc Iten’s walk-off homer gave Viera-Suntree a 5-4 victory against Oviedo in the second game. That led to a semifinal game against Sarasota where the VSLL lost a heartbreaker, 8-7. Horrell would finish the tournament with three home runs. Iten hit two home runs, and Luke Campbell and Jaden VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala Mack also homered for Apollos Horrell hit three home runs at the VSLL at the state the state tournament — including two tournament. in one game — for the VSLL 9-11 AllOther key members Star team. of the roster included: Lucas Glendinning; Cam Riley Makousky; Shae Janke; Simpkins; Dylan Jordan; P.J. Autumn Reynolds; Baylea Befumo; Anthony Soehnlein; Holland; Berry; Hayley Nolan Taylor; Logan Keith; Power; Alexis Miller; Ella Bryson Weeks and James Brand; Reagan Calabro; Kiera Baxter. Runske; Taylor Holtz; Kaitlyn “I can’t express enough Farinhas and Kendall Mix. how proud I am of all these Revenge was on the mind of young men, who battled to the 9-11 VSLL baseball team the very end,” manager Travis after losing to Port St. Lucie in Mack wrote in an email. “We last year’s section final. That’s created lifelong memories just what Viera-Suntree this summer and I am got, winning the Section 2 fortunate to be part of that title to advance to the state memory.” VV More photos page 8 tournament in DeLand.


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a sophomore now that his game has started to improve. “Definitely in my short game, the chips and the putts (have been improving),” Guettler said. “I remember when I really first started, those were horrible. I couldn’t do anything around the green. But now they’re getting much, much better.” The improvement in Guettler’s game started coming a year ago when he began taking lessons from Justin Blazer, who is the director of instruction at the Duran Academy of Golf. As Guettler’s mother, Samantha, pointed out, the real beauty in her son taking up golf has been the chance to play with his father, Carl, because it’s a game they can always play together. Father and son play golf together as much as they can and always make the game part of family vacations. I get to spend almost every weekend playing golf with my dad, which is nice,” Gage said. “… It’s a great time for us to catch up on what’s going on during the week. He’ll help me on my golf swing. I can’t really help him. He’s pretty good.” What would it mean to Gage — who just turned 15 last month — if he were able to play golf in Augusta? “Oh my goodness, it would probably be the greatest moment of my golfing career and life,” he said. “It would be unbelievable. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.” VV

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Apollos Horrell, center, hit three home runs at the state tournament — including two in one game — for the VSLL 9-11 All-Star team.

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Robinson part of versatile, interesting VEMA group BY DAVID D. HORST

Conversations during a round of golf at Viera East Golf Club can be interesting. Just ask any of the members of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association. VEMA members come from all over, boasting different backgrounds in education, military service and even the corporate world. Others were government officials and another was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Jim Robinson, a popular VEMA golfer, has won the club championship four times. Robinson and his wife Judy moved to Viera 17 years ago, and they never have regretted

the move. Both worked for the Brevard County School system. Jim Robinson, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Mississippi State University and his master’s degree at Rollins College, taught at Merritt Island High School. He also coached basketball and golf at the school. He was a teacher of the year three times and a teacher of the year finalist in 2001. The couple have four children and seven grandchildren, who all live nearby. Robinson was VEMA’s vice president from 2004 to 2006 and he was VEMA’s president in 2013. He also has been a board member and he now

is the handicap chairman. He plays golf several times a week. "We considered several golf communities in central Brevard and felt our choice of Viera East was the right one," Robinson said. "The friendships that we've made through neighbors, social interactions and golf have certainly enriched our life." VEMA’s members have handicaps ranging from the single digits to 30 and above. Each week, the tournament director chooses a competition format and works with the pro shops to create flights of similarly skilled players. After the event, several


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Working on a project at the Florida Institute of Technology during the summer might have helped Holy Trinity senior Chris Farid decide what he wants to study in college. Farid was one of five Holy Trinity students who spent five weeks working on a research project in the Olson Research Laboratories in the Chemistry Department at the Florida Institute of Technology. The course was titled “Computational Modeling for Rational Molecular Design” and was under the direction of Associate Professor Joel Olson. It was designed to “introduce the student to modern approaches of computational chemistry, as well as issues and methods for molecular design.” It was the computational part of the project that really caught Farid’s eye. “The amazing thing is it wasn’t a traditional experiment,” he said. “It was all on the computer. It was all through (the Spartan) program. It was just mind-

boggling how a program can understand a chemical reaction.” Farid, along with Holy Trinity students John Ganiban, Kyle Go, Eamon Brennan, Hari Dandapani — and former Holy Trinity student Siddarth Ranganath — used tryptanthrin as their study subject. Tryptanthrin is known to be an antiinflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial and can also prevent angiogenesis. “What we were trying to do was understand how it’s formed so we can replicate it more easily to reap its benefits,” Farid said. “What we would do is take a nitrate group and pose it against the tryptanthrin molecule at different distances and different positions. “Tryptanthrin only nitrates at position eight, but there are 12 positions. So we were trying to understand why it only goes to position eight. We would pose the molecule and bring it closer and closer to the tryptanthrin molecule to simulate how the energies would react. By doing that, we would see an energy graph as you would see in a normal chemical reaction.

“We wanted to see if the energy reaction would be the least in position eight, which would justify why it goes to position eight. That was the main goal of the project.” The group presented their findings at Florida Tech’s Engineering Building last month. Although they did not ultimately achieve their goal — perhaps because they were only using a 90-degree angle — they did find success in the second part of the nitration reaction using the H2SO4 molecule. “In that step, it actually preferred position eight with the energies,” Farid said. “So while we didn’t prove why (it preferred) position eight in the first step of the reaction, in the second step of the reaction it actually did what we were looking for.” This was the fourth year Holy Trinity has partnered with Florida Tech to allow students to work on an exclusive guided research opportunity. Another Holy Trinity student, Cameron Walcott, took a marketing research course entitled, “Crossroads: Strategy, Business Plan Research and Career

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How did you spend your summer? Seven students —six from Holy Trinity and a seventh who is a former Holy Trinity student — took part in a computational chemistry research project in the Olson Research Laboratories in the Chemistry Department at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Possibilities” under the direction of professor Keiron Hylton. Farid enjoyed working on his project so much, it could very well impact what his future area of study will be. “Like Dr. Olson said, it’s kind of tedious while you’re doing the research, but it’s

amazing to see the results,” he said. “I was thinking about research in college, and I actually find it pretty interesting. You can see the results of something you did. “I’m probably going to pursue research in college.” VV

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Sharing smiles, Viera Rocks followers find their happy place BY JULIE STURGEON

Spreading smiles across Viera, a mini rock painting group has gained a modest following. Viera Rocks, started last November by two 9-year-old girls, is the sister to Brevard Rocks. It has a few very simple messages: Spread kindness. Make people happy. Meet new friends. “Rock painting has been a wonderful way for me to spend time with my grandchildren,” said Cindy Johnson, who moved to Viera last year. “I used to live in Lakeland and we started rock painting there. When I moved to Viera, my granddaughter wanted to start a rock painting group in this area.” Johnson, who fell in love with Viera while visiting her daughter’s family, said granddaughter Kaitlyn Elliot and friend Emma Smith started the local rock movement together, although the Facebook site is maintained by grandma. Some Viera Rocks members are just starting to dabble with paint brushes, others are budding artists. “I like to make people happy,” granddaughter Elliot

discover others’ painted rocks. “You just have to buy some rocks and art supplies, and have fun painting and hiding,” Johnson said. “This is fun for all ages, young and old.” No skill is required for the rock painters, and everyone can enjoy the calming effect of art. Viera Voice has joined in promoting the movement with a weekly contest. Two prize winners are chosen each week; rock photos can be posted at #VieraVoiceRocks. “As a mom who does this on her downtime at night, I make rocks to support

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Viera Rocks co-founders Kaitlyn Elliot and Emma Smith hide rocks.

said. “It’s fun when you find the rocks, and you get excited.” The Viera rock-hiding movement is one of several in Brevard County. Brevard Rocks, founded by Jen Justiniano, is the largest group with 36,000 followers. Rock groups focus on positivity and spending time with family, enjoying the fresh air and spreading cheer as they hide and

my son's habit of taking rocks he finds (he finds 3, I make 3, etc) and don't necessarily do it for any sort of rewards or recognition, but Viera Voice is a great local publication and … they are holding a contest where two winners are picked each week,” posted VieraVoiceRocks contest winner Connie Soga Norris. As with other rock groups in Brevard, there is a theme with Viera Rocks of keeping cell phones and electronics at bay, spending time focusing on something bigger than yourself. Join a rock group and be part of a happy movement. VV

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Chateau Madeleine holds special place in hearts for Hardoon family BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

Madeleine Hardoon didn’t live long enough to see the completion of her son’s vision for Brevard Medical City located in Suntree. Dr. Abe Hardoon, her son, and family will honor her memory with Chateau Madeleine. The facility, named in her honor, will be a state-of-theart assisted senior living and memory care apartmentstyle facility. Chateau Madeleine will

be built on Phase 3 and 4 of Brevard Medical City as part of the new urban community design that the Hardoon family envisioned for their main family business, Suntree Internal Medicine. After many designs and meetings with the ME Site Development’s site contractor’s design team, which is owned by Eric Hardoon, the family settled on the concept for Brevard Medical City. The 24-acre medical/ residential city will have a

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Brevard County Florida GOP, agreed. “This kind of a development is one of the real reasons why people move here and stay here in Brevard County,’’ Lacey said. “It’s an exciting part of the community that is really going to make a major difference in the quality of lives of people not only today but in the future.’’ The Hardoon family hopes construction is completed by next summer. “The assisted living facility will be composed of 89 rental units with 24-hour nursing care on-site, plus many other amenities,” Hardoon said. “Also, 30 units of the total will be for our memory-care residences. We hope to open our doors to the public and complete construction by the summer of 2018. Like a hotel, people will have access to three planned fine dining experiences a day, planned activities and great entertainment. “They will receive the care and services they desire. We will shuttle them to local stores or doctors’ offices. A provider will come to their unit or apartment to see them there if needed.” Independent living apartments for residents 55 and older will highlight the final phase of Brevard Medical City. The apartments will be larger than the residences for Chateau Madeleine. A tower will have a rooftop restaurant open to the public. For residents, there will be an option for meals, a cafeteria and someone on-site for emergencies 24 hours a day. VV For information on the project, go to

Historic Florida hotels COMPILED BY JOHN TRIESTE

Florida has many historic hotels that offer wonderful learning experiences. You should stay overnight or at least tour some of these hotels. These elegant hotels/ mansions were all built in the late 19th or early 20th century. Many have been fully restored and most still are in full operation to delight their guests.

Miami Beach

Cadillac Hotel — 3925 Collins Ave., 33140, 305-538-3373 It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It currently is called the Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach/Oceanfront. The oceanfront hotel is a stunning boutique Art Deco hotel that has graced Collins Avenue and the shores of Miami Beach for almost seven decades. Fontainbleau Hotel — 4441 Collins Ave., 33140, 305-538-2000 It is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels in Miami

Beach. Opened in 1954 and designed by Morris Lapidus, it was arguably the most luxurious hotel in Miami Beach. The 1,504-room resort is situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row.

Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach 1 South County Road, 33480 561-655-6611 First known as The Palm Beach Inn, it was opened on Jan. 16, 1896 by oil, real estate and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to accommodate travelers on his Florida East Coast Railway. It occupies the beachfront portion of the grounds of the Royal Poinciana Hotel, which Flagler had opened beside Lake Worth Lagoon facing the inland waterway in 1894. Guests began requesting rooms “over by the breakers,” so Flagler renamed it The Breakers Hotel in 1901. The wooden hotel burned on June 9, 1903 and was rebuilt, opening on Feb. 1, 1904. Rooms started at $4 a night, including three meals a day.

Because Flagler forbade motorized vehicles on the property, patrons were delivered between the two hotels in wheeled chairs powered by employees. It has a nine-hole golf course.

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Casa Monica — 95 Cordova St., 32084, 904-827-1888 SENIOR LIFE Jeff Kinsey Located in the center of downtown, this grand The Don Cesar Hotel is in Saint Petersburg Beach. It was built in 1928. Moroccan-themed hotel It also has been called the Pink Palace. was built in 1888 by at 2 p.m. daily. The Ponce De Leon Hotel Henry Flagler. It has an 95 Central Ave., 33701, Flagler also owned the ornate lobby with frescos, Alcazar Hotel that now houses 727-550-9300 fountains and chandeliers. The mission-revival Their elegant rooms include the Lightner Museum. custom-designed interiors building is a historic The museum houses a with classical furnishings collection of 19th century art. landmark. Built in the early featuring gold accents. There’s 20th century, the hotel is a high-end restaurant, a casual St. Petersburg completely refurbished. cafe and lounge, roof-top pool The Vinoy Renaissance The Don Cesar Hotel — and sundeck. 501 5th Ave. NE 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Petersburg Flagler also built the Ponce 727-894-1000 Beach, 727-360-1881 de Leon Hotel that today is The historic Mediterranean Built in 1928 and called Flagler College. revival-style hotel is on the the Pink Palace, it is located Tours of Flagler College Bayfront area of downtown. directly on the beautiful highlight the architectural It was built in 1925. Gulf Beach. It is one of the heritage of the former Hotel For more great places, go to Ponce de Leon. Escorted tours most complete and lavish are conducted at 10 a.m. and properties in Florida.

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Sen. Debbie Mayfield, who represents Senate District 17 which encompasses both Brevard and Indian River counties, has opened district and satellite offices in both Brevard County and Indian River County. “To better serve the community, the Melbourne and Vero Beach office locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and ready to provide constituents’ assistance and information on legislative concerns, requests and or inquiries. We look forward to hearing from you,’’ Mayfield said. The Brevard office is at 900 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Suite 528, in Melbourne. For information, call 321-4092025. The office is staffed by Patrick Steele and Kayla Bailey. Their email addresses are Steele.Patrick@flsenate. gov and Bailey.Kayla@

The Indian River County office is located at 1801 27th Street, Administration Building B, in Vero Beach. For information, call 772226-1979. The office is staffed by Margaret Mitchell. Her email address is Mitchell.Margaret@flsenate. gov. Prior to the Florida State Senate, Mayfield served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2008 to 2016. Mayfield will conduct a Brevard Delegation Meeting from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Brevard County Commission Chambers located at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, in Viera. Local government entities, businesses, organizations and citizens will have an opportunity to discuss issues with Mayfield and her staff. Appearance request forms have to be completed by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. VV

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Cape Canaveral Lighthouse still beams with pride

BY BRENDA EGGERT BRADER The only lighthouse owned and operated by the U.S. Air Force is positioned in Brevard County and it is known as the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Still operating, the light comes on every night to shine out 22 miles into the ocean. It protects passing ships from dangerous shoals. “This is the second lighthouse at the Cape,” said Ron Ecker, lighthouse docent and member of both the Florida Lighthouse Association and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation on which he serves. “The first lighthouse, built in 1848, was 60-feet high and the light showed for 10 miles into the ocean. Then they discovered there were dangerous shoals farther out. So in 1858, a cast iron lighthouse was built in New York State. But production stopped when the Civil War started because the company had to build cannons. Construction began again on the lighthouse after the war. Assembly was completed in 1868 and it stood a few yards from the original. For a while, two lighthouses were on the Cape.” The government decided to move the lighthouse to the point of the older lighthouse and it proceeded to demolish the original lighthouse. Then, it used the original concrete and foundation to relocate the new lighthouse about a mile in shore where it is now, according to Ecker. “It took months to reassemble and get the light lighted,” Ecker said. “To put the lighthouse back together, every piece inside was numbered in Roman numerals and outside pieces marked in Arabic numbers. Still standing where it was placed in July 1884, the light was automated in 1933 with two modern optic lenses now used.” In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard took over all lighthouses. After World War II, (1947 or 1948) the Cape Canaveral site received 900 acres of land from the lighthouse to the ocean since the U.S. government was looking for a place to launch rockets, according to Ecker. Hanger C, right next to the lighthouse, was where the German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun launched

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of State archives of Florida

Mills Burnham was the second appointed lighthouse keeper of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse who served from July 1853 until his death on April 17, 1886. He was buried in the family cemetery in Cape Canaveral. rockets after the war, viewing the rocket launches from the lighthouse. Two communities — one called DeSoto — existed on the Cape in the 1950s, Ecker said. Every time there was a rocket

are in the planning stages. Sunward Tours has begun Cape Canaveral Lighthouse tours once again after being stopped for budgetary and then terrorist-scare reasons. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation was instrumental in getting the tours resumed. Tours are held Friday and Saturday mornings for $27 each, leaving from the operation tour at Cape Canaveral at the port. Fees

include a tour of the port tower. Reservations are needed because names have to be approved for the tours. Call 321-453-3994 at least 48 hours prior to the tour date. The tour lasts about three hours with one hour only at the lighthouse. A tour can be canceled by rocket launches or not enough people signed up to go. SL For more information on the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, go to

launch, the government moved the residents to the hotel on the coast. The communities originally were built in and around lighthouse keepers’ cottages and a school. In 1967, the cottages were destroyed. In 2000, the Coast Guard turned the lighthouse over to the U.S. Air Force, making it the only operational lighthouse owned by the U.S. Air Force and owned by the 45th Space Wing based at Patrick Air Force Base, Ecker said. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, founded to help preserve the light, is trying to raise $2 million to rebuild lighthouse keepers’ cottages near the lighthouse. The group is starting a fundraiser to purchase a brick for the walkway surrounding the lighthouse at a cost of $150 each with five characters per line of inscription. The former Lobster Fest fundraiser will be started once again in 2018 and events at the lighthouse



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A Delta II carrying NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) launched at 9:08 a.m. Sept. 10, 2011 from Space Launch Complex 17, with Eastern Range support from the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. The Air Force’s Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is pictured at left. GRAIL includes two spacecraft to study the moon’s interior and thermal evolution.




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Cape Canaveral Lighthouse stands out on a bright sunny April morning before the arrival of visitors. Visitors have access to the lighthouse, which is at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, through guided bus tours. INSET: The old brick lighthouse tower, left, and the newer, right, iron lighthouse tower of Cape Canaveral stood together before the latter was moved 1.5 miles inland in 1893.

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Suntree drivers should feel a little safer in the future. An unusually high crash rate at the intersection of Suntree Boulevard and U.S. 1 prompted the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct a safety study. The findings, to the relief of many area residents, resulted in the FDOT’s proposal to implement a new left-handturn lane and a new rightturn lane at the intersection. “They did a traffic study because a lot of crashes were happening here, and this project is supposed to reduce the number of crashes,” said J. William Lanier, project engineer. “What we’re doing is adding a left-turn lane on U.S. 1, and adding a receiving lane on Suntree Boulevard.” A public meeting was held by the FDOT on July 12 to inform citizens of the turn lane and to address questions about the project. The FDOT said communitymember feedback has been in favor of the project overall.

“From what I know, there has been mostly positive (feedback) from the community. This is a safetyimprovement project,” said Todd Lang of the FDOT. “The left-turn lane on U.S. 1 backs up considerably. The addition of another left-turn lane will help more cars cue up in the turn lane and not the through lanes of U.S. 1.,” Lanier said. “We are also adding another right-turn lane (onto U.S. 1) from Suntree Boulevard, changing the movement to two rights.” Benefits of the project will include milling and resurfacing of existing pavement and increased pedestrian safety. New curb ramps, a new traffic signal with pedestrian crossing signals and other modifications will improve safety and operations at the intersection. Drainage improvements are included in the plan. A 5-foot bike lane also will be added in the northbound lane. “We’re also helping bikers get through the intersection on U.S. 1,’’ Lanier said. ”We shifted the lanes to accommodate a 5-foot bike

lane, which is great for the bicyclists.’’ Several driveways on the north side of Suntree Boulevard will be reconstructed where they join the sidewalk to meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One driveway at Harmony Music will be relocated to meet Brevard County standards. No other changes in access will occur, and access to affected properties will be maintained during construction. Construction is projected to commence in the Fall of 2018, with completion in the Spring of 2019. The total cost of the project is $1.7 million.


The intersection of Suntree Boulevard and U.S. 1 should be safer in the future.

Project highlights:

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Einstein Bros. Bagels butters up Suntree with delicious product BY JULIE STURGEON

Bagel lovers know that a fresh bagel has a limited lifespan and that the perfect bagel must have a distinct combination of chewiness and crunchiness. Einstein Bros. Bagels in Suntree fills the cases with piping hot bagels every two hours, ensuring that customers can enjoy the delicious warm crunchiness of a fresh bagel whenever they walk in. “We offer a great healthy alternative to fast food,” said Dr. Jim Shafer, who owns the Suntree franchise. “Everything we serve is fresh.”

Twenty-one types of bagels are available at Einstein Bros. Bagels, including garlic, potato, cranberry, asiago and onion. Toppings, or shmear, include onion and chive, smoked salmon, blueberry and garlic with herb. “My philosophy is that if you take care of the customers they will take care of you,” Shafer said. “We know all of our customers. Seventy percent are daily returns. When they walk in, my staff already knows what they want. It’s like a Cheers atmosphere.” The neighborhood bagel shop offers egg sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, bagel boxes, and tempting

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Dr. Jim Shafer says bagels are a healthy alternative to fast food.

beverages in a familyfriendly atmosphere. Lunch options include Spinach & Artichoke Chicken, Italian Chicken and even a pizza bagel. Calorie content is available on the menu. “My favorite part of this is the challenge of owning a business, and providing jobs for 80 people in two counties,” said Shafer, a neurologist. “We are doing something positive for the community.” Shafer, who has opened four Einstein Bros. Brothers bagel shops in four years, said that he chose the bagel franchise because it allowed him to continue his medical career as he pursued the restaurant business. Einstein

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Dr. Jim Shafer and Helen Shafer enjoy the grand opening of Einstein Bros. Bagels in Suntree.

Bagels originally began in Colorado, and Shafer contacted them several times before the company agreed to open a franchise on the Treasure Coast, followed by three more in Brevard County. “I could not do this without my operations officer and my managers,” Shafer said.

“With owning a franchise like this, you don’t have to be there all the time.” COO Paul Lydon takes care of day to day operations, while Gabe Garcia is the manager of the Suntree Einstein Bros. Brothers bagels. Einstein Bros. Bagels, located at 4840 N. Wickham Road, is open daily. VV

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Smile Viera looks forward to its new facility, new location BY DARRELL WOEHLER

A new face for the Smile Viera dental office is now taking shape at its soonto-be new location near the intersection of Stadium Parkway and Porada Drive in Viera. Construction is expected to be completed in December, with an anticipated move-in date of January. Groundbreaking for the new 15,000 square-foot Class A office facility took place in early July under the watchful eyes of Dr. Dominic Roppa and his wife Dr. Kara Marshall-Roppa. Smile Viera will utilize 5,000 square feet of the new building, which will be a nice expansion from its nearby current offices at 5455 Murrell Road. The

new location also will greatly increase traffic exposure. Smile Viera is a full-service dental operation managed by three doctors and 12 other associates, including hygienists, assistant dental personnel, business operators, an insurance coordinator, a treatment coordinator, two sleep analysts and an office manager. Roppa said his office attempts to fill the needs of patients of all ages with personal and comprehensive care, which includes patient education and to build a lasting relationship in their overall healthcare. Procedures provided include family dentistry, dental implants, restorative care and cosmetic care. Continuing education plays

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39. Excessive sternness 40. Paella pot 41. Run off to wed 43. Dumpy establishment 44. Teatro alla Scala performance 46. ____sack 47. Iditarod ride 48. Japanese mat 50. By way of, for short 52. Old age, archaic 53. "The Sun ____ Rises" 55. *"Rogue ____: A Star Wars Story" 57. *Wonder Woman, e.g. 60. *Captain ____ 64. Unimpressed 65. Hole punching tool 67. Helper 68. Was violently angry 69. #35 Across, sing. 70. Bloodhound's clue

DOWN 1. Affirm 2. Turkish currency 3. Trend higher 4. Top dog 5. Posthumous type of tax 6. "I ____ your pain" 7. Agha, alt. sp. 8. Body trunk 9. Was in the hole 10. Unpleasant road display? 11. Dubai dignitary 12. Operations or opportunities, for short 15. *Popeye 20. Mike holder 22. Weasel-related onomatopoeia 24. Capital of Ontario 25. *"I am ____" 26. Planktonic tunicate 27. End of a shoelace 29. *a.k.a. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner 31. Jar covers 32. Light-footed 33. Writer's opus 34. *Judge of Mega City One 36. Actress Gilbert 38. Moonfish 42. Erasable programmable read only memory 45. Dumbfounded 49. U.N. workers' grp. 51. Apprehension 54. Rabbit trap 56. ____ Kane of soap opera fame 57. Wing-shaped 58. New Testament sages 59. Between ports 60. #1 Across, sing. 61. Bad day for Caesar 62. Lincoln coin 63. A in B.A. 64. Women's undergarment 66. *"Captain America: Civil ____"



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National Book Lovers Day Brevard Republican Executive Committee General Meeting

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Brevard Public National Garage Schools Back to Sale Day School Grief Therapy TGIF Seaside Piecemakers Yoga in the Park 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 9 – 10 a.m. Support Group

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Happy Feet, Wuesthoff Living Well Lecture Series 2 - 3 p.m. Podiatrist Martin Lenoci will discuss foot care. One Senior Place 8085 Spyglass Hill Rd. Viera, 800-522-6363

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2 - 3:30 p.m. Materials provided or bring your own Suntree/Viera Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree, 321-255-4404

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10 - 11:30 a.m. Discussion: “Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi” Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr., Suntree 321-255-4404

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Beauty and the Beast Wickham Park Pavilion 3745 N. Wickham Road Melbourne

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Brevard Federated Republican Women Monthly Luncheon

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9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Suntree/Viera Public Library 902 Jordan Blass Dr. Suntree, 321-255-4404

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Large aquatic birds, the anhinga and the doubleCharlotte’s crested cormorant (Florida Webcormorant, subspecies) are regularly misidentified. They Spinning are approximately the same Tales size and color. Charlotte A. Corbeil The male anhinga is black with silvery wing patches; the female differs with a tan head, spears the side of the fish, surfaces and spectacularly neck and upper chest. The flips and consumes it cormorant also displays dark plumage with a yellow-orange headfirst. The cormorant, a throat patch and double crests more powerful swimmer, is during the mating season — a able to grasp faster fish with its hooked bill. Emerged, it similar pair. also adeptly manipulates its Yet, the most captivating prey. feature of these birds is the In some Asian cultures, the sunning posture. Drying on a ancient practice of employing branch, they are impressive certain species of cormorants with kinked necks, wings to fish is ongoing. The leg outstretched and backs to is tethered and a soft neck the sun. Ostensibly, they noose restricts the bird from need to warm up or dry their swallowing larger fish. feathers to fly since they emerge waterlogged from diving and swimming underwater. However, this lack of waterproofing (no proper oil glands) enables them to stay submerged to capture fish, their primary food. Indeed, research differs. An expert maintains that VIERA VOICE photo the anhinga possesses the A cormorant has a hooked bill. uropygial (oil) gland and is quite water resistant. Seemingly, it needs to sun for thermoregulation (sometimes for comfort) since it does not have an insulating layer of feathers like the cormorant. Obviously, the cormorant withstands colder VIERA VOICE photo climates, and recent Anhinga love to eat fish. studies insist it emerges dry after deep dives, The negative impact of the due to preening oil and double-crested cormorant microstructure of feathers. on fisheries or catfish Conceivably, it simply savors farms requires control. the sun as do humans. Reduced buoyancy, possibly Unfortunately, it also kills trees and vegetation with due to wet plumage, dense guano. bones or letting air out of Florida provides air sacs allows the anhinga appropriate habitats. The to swim with only its longer, anhinga prefers freshwater thinner, snakelike neck and environments, and the head exposed — sometimes cormorant also seeks just the long, pointed bill saltwater coastal areas — protrudes. Accordingly, it these birds are adaptable. is called the snakebird. The cormorant swims comparably They may feed and roost close together. Both breed in and exhibits a distinctive bill colonies, commonly in trees — long and hooked. near water, and sometimes With a lengthy, fan-like tail, among other waterbirds. the anhinga is also identified Unquestionably, the as the water turkey. The Everglades National Park cormorant’s tail, often used offers a unique habitat. as a perching prop, is stiff Along the Anhinga Trail, and short. Formerly, the the anhinga glides from a cormorant gained recognition tree to commence flight or as a hood ornament for the runs on water when wet, defunct Packard automobile. vigorously flapping to become For both, diving is expertly airborne and glide high. The accomplished. After plunging cormorant, a less agile flier from the surface, the because of diving adaptation, cormorant might penetrate may sloppily “hop” across 60-feet deep, emerging in the water to begin flight; it about a minute. The anhinga flies low, rapidly pumping its smoothly enters the water wings. and remains submerged for a Most alluring are these substantial period. birds’ spread-winged Webbed feet propel these silhouettes against the orange birds underwater. The sunset. They also entertain at anhinga stalks slow-moving the Viera Wetlands! VV fish. It thrusts its bill and

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Senior volunteers help change lives one computer at a time BY FLORA REIGADA

What started as a small project to build a computer from used spare parts for one child, has since turned into an ongoing endeavor that has provided computers for 34,000 students. Each Tuesday at Titusville's old Whispering Hills Elementary School, a group of volunteers meets to change lives through Computers Advancing Education, a nonprofit organization. Mainly retirees, the volunteers upgrade donated computers, then give them to local schools, teachers, students and those who need a computer, but are unable to afford one. “The primary focus is to supply every student with the tools needed to compete in today's highly technological society,” founder Fremont “Freebie” Bassett said. To date, the organization has supplied those tools to more than 34,000 students. It also has set up computer labs in 25 Brevard County schools. Many of these young recipients have shown their appreciation with thank-you

notes, crowded onto a “bragging wall.” Bassett said businesses and individuals who donate the equipment make it possible, along with ample space generously provided by the school district. Bassett traced the organization's beginnings to 1997, when he was recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. His son VIERA VOICE Dan Reigada made an observation, Bob Kemp enjoys volunteering his time “Dad, you look with Computers Advancing Education. bored.” spacious auditorium at its To alleviate this, the present location. father and son teamed up Volunteer Bobbi Lasher for a project at their kitchen recalled a mom who came in table. From spare parts, with two middle-school age they built a computer for a daughters. young student whose father “She asked if this was the was working in Egypt. place where she could get “We gave it to him for computers and how much Christmas, so he could they would cost,” Lasher communicate with his said. “When she was told father,” Bassett said. the computers were free, At the time, his wife Linda the mom was amazed, was working for the Brevard saying she couldn't believe County school system. it and that no one does Word spread among anything for free.” teachers who needed That story is but one of computers for their thousands that inspire classrooms and the volunteers such as Charles operation moved into Chieppa. “We are a tight, Bassett's garage, then to a

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Bobbi and Ric Lasher work in the disassembly area at Computers Advancing Education, salvaging what parts can be used and recycling what cannot.

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Computers Advancing Education volunteers Carrie Creasy, left, Phil Turner, John Phipps, founder Freebie Bassett and Loni Phipps give a tour to Mims Elementary School third-grader Bella Mitchell.

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each Tuesday at 800 Lane Ave. (Whispering Hills Elementary School) in Titusville. Volunteers are welcome. VV


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Wild animals entertain Market Street crowd BY JULIE STURGEON

Residents of Market Street Memory Care Residence had a wild visit in June when a group of native Florida animals stopped by. Hosted by the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, the animals provided an hour of education and enjoyment. A red-shouldered hawk named Quinn, along with a gopher tortoise named Lt. Dan and other indigenous species entertained residents during the visit. All the animals reside at the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, home to injured and orphaned native animals. “We have a small team of volunteers who travel with some of our resident animals (animals unable to be released) to summer camps, libraries, nursing facilities,” said Chelsea Hohlweg, volunteer coordinator for Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary. “It’s part of our Ambassador Program.” While most animals are released back into their habitat, some cannot be safely returned to their former homes. So, like the residents


at Market Street, they become part of another family. As she introduced Copper, a red rat snake, volunteer Linda Perry fielded a few questions from residents and told stories about the animals. Bella, a kestrel, had been kept as a pet. “Bella likes being around people because she imprinted on people at a very young age,” said Perry, noting that a kestrel is a small falcon. “It is illegal to have a native Florida bird as a pet.” Clearly the volunteers at Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary love what they do and have a passion for native animals and their welfare. “This is the best job I ever had and I am a volunteer,” said Perry, who handled each animal with ease. “Most of our staff are volunteers.” “We require all volunteers to complete an orientation and pay a $20 fee,” said Hohlweg. “After orientation, they can sign up for shifts.” The Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, located at 4560 N. U.S. 1 Highway, operates primarily from donations and membership funds. VV

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