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on the town of those kinds of moments, but her family wasn’t ready for hospice at that time. They so wish they were. When your loved ones get to that point in their lives, the empathy and kindness hospice gives them is the most incredible gift we can give to our loved ones; the utmost respectful end of life – ultimate caregiving. The most adorable part of the event was her choice of attire. She wore a dress that bore the words “LOVE” on her hem, and she shared that she wore it specifically for

the largest crowd for Tidewell – 800+ compassionate guests. She is as gracious and kind as they come. What a woman of strength and absolute class! Seen were Gerry Radford, CEO of Tidewell, Denise Pope, Hayley Wielgus, Kelly and Melissa Caldwell, Tom and five-time event chair Cindy Stuhley, Jan Miller, incoming board chair, Jim Culter, Phil and Julie Delaney, Kristine Nickel, Chris and Paula Gray, Sandy Pepper, John Booth and Tramm Hudson.

John Ryan Standing and Dr. Ryan Schloesser on right in kayak

UP THE CREEK WITH A PADDLE The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program offers sustainable kayak eco-tours throughout Sarasota Bay in high season. Guided tour expert Brad Tanner offers various eco-tours along the Gulf Coast, where his guests discover the habitats and wildlife that make Sarasota Bay an estuary of national significance. The Sarasota Baywise Kayak Tours run from December through April. We went on one and were lucky to witness not only Brad in action, but also two other experts he had arranged to join us. Dr. Ryan Schloesser is a Mote scientist who has been studying Phillippi Creek using an advanced automated system to track how snook use the variety of habitats this creek has to offer. The other special guest was naturalist John Ryan, Sarasota County Environmental Manager and advocate for the Phillippi Creek watershed. All three shared their knowledge, expertise and insights. Automated systems that are completely self-powered by solar energy help assess which habitats snook prefer and garner insight to the health of the creek and how fish-friendly the waters are. Dr. Schloesser released over 1200 snook with passive integrated transponder tags. When the snook pass over the habitat at a designated station, Mote scientists know the tag numbers of the fish that were there, what time they were there and how long they stayed. Their main goal is to assess in which shorelines the

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