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With planning complete, construction activity escalates at Nathan Benderson Park. PAGE 3

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Charitable idea a perfect fit If the gym shoe doesn’t fit, donate it. Pam McMahon, the president of the Umbrella Women, is collecting shoes for those who are homeless. The Umbrella Women is a nonprofit based out of Woodland Community Church in Lakewood Ranch. “There’s a big need for shoes right now,” McMahon (above) said. “You can make a difference in one person’s life today. We want to show them they are important and that they do matter.” Shoes can be dropped off for the Umbrella Women at Woodland Community Church or by contacting Lakewood Ranch’s Stacey Byers at 317-538-7617.

You say goodbye, schools say hello Bittersweet beginnings as parents drop off their kids for the first day of school. SEE PAGE 8

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Ariah Wyrick receives a kiss from her mom, Madeline Wyrick, before her first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School. Madeline says she is excited to do homework this year after doing some in pre-K last year.

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Sweet taste of pest control Myakka Gold Apiary Owner James Cutway wears many hats, from head beekeeper to pest control. His “feral” variety of honey, which he sells every week at the Farmers Market of Lakewood Ranch, is made from the honeycomb of wild bees he removes from people’s houses, sheds, campers and boats. Cutway said he once removed a hive from downtown Bradenton that was 24 feet long and 2 feet wide. He said the wild honey produced from it has a sweetness akin to molasses.

Change in University Park leadership

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Longtime University Park GM Laurie Evans retires and is replaced by John Fetsick. SEE PAGE 18

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John Fetsick is replacing Laurie Evans as University Park Country Club general manager.

Pirouette for ballet. SEE PAGE 12


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Manatee requests transportation feedback The county is asking for citizens’ feedback to learn how they want to travel through their communities over the next 10 to 20 years. BRENDAN LAVELL STAFF WRITER

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anatee County officials say they are looking at a future of continuous growth and development. Transportation Planning Division Manager Nelson Galeano said it is important the county plans for that future. Manatee County is creating a long-term mobility plan to explore how residents will get around over the next two decades. The plan’s goal is to improve transportation safety and address the growing needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transportation users throughout the county without reducing traffic capacity. The county hopes to finish creating the plan by spring 2022. To help create the plan, Manatee County is seeking feedback from residents to learn what needs to be improved and how people would like to travel throughout their communities. Residents can take a survey at MyManatee.org/ mobility. There will also be workshops and other opportunities to provide feedback between now and the completion of the plan.

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Village Idiots Cycling Club members Andrea Sacchetti and Dawn Zielinski bike along Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Manatee County wants to improve its focus on safety and accessibility for cyclists, not just motorists.

A county-produced presentation explaining the concept for the plan said the county has been too focused on maximizing traffic volume and speed at the expense of safety and transportation options for pedestrians, cyclists and others. “With pedestrians and cyclists accounting for a quarter of traffic fatalities in Manatee County, it’s important to ensure safe planning on our streets,” Galeano said. “The mobility plan will be an important foundation to ensuring coexistence, instead of competition, on our roadways.” Galeano said the main point of the long-term mobility plan

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ways in which transportation feeds into a sense of community. For example, people might want more bike lanes in denser areas or business centers. As far as Lakewood Ranch and East County are concerned, Galeano said streets in the area will continue to feel more pressure from development as the population continues to boom. “The mobility plan will help ensure that safe and convenient travel needs are addressed in advance of issues that would arise,” Galeano said. In areas of new development, smart mobility planning goes hand in hand with smart landuse planning. Galeano said that means providing people with the opportunity to easily access social locations from their homes. For example, the county would plan to make sure people have the option to bike or drive to restaurants, rather than being forced to drive long distances. New communities could also provide the chance to plan safer routes from home to school. As always, however, Galeano said there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each area of the county has different cultural, geographic and socioeconomic factors that must be considered. The planning process is still in its earliest stage. Although local strategies will eventually be developed to target specific districts, regions and neighborhoods, no such decisions have yet been made.


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The shovels were aligned during a groundbreaking ceremony in November for the Mote aquarium, but those shovels finally will be put to work this month.

ON EXHIBIT AT AQUARIUM SITE After the behind-thescenes planning and permitting is completed, construction is about to begin.

pumped out of the 20-foot-deep lake and sent into the large lake at Nathan Benderson Park. An aqua dam is being built to keep that water from flowing back into the middle lake. Project Manager Pete Kauffman said when the lake is drained — estimated completion in September — site contractors arrive on scene to “demuck” the bottom of the 17-acre lake. It will remove sludge to a depth of 3 feet below the bottom of the lake before 107,000 cubic yards (more than 6,000 truckloads) of clean dirt to fill in the lake and produce the proper ground to build a pad that will hold the 110,000-squarefoot aquarium. Although those in the area haven’t seen much action at the site since the Nov. 13 groundbreaking announcement, Mote Vice President Dan Bebak said there haven’t been any delays in the operation. “I wouldn’t call it a slowdown,” he said. “We are working, but there has not been much to see. We are working every day because this is a very complex building, as you might expect. We are taking our time, making sure we go through everything carefully. We are on the phone with Sarasota County staff several times a week, and they have been great and very responsive. It is a complex proj-

there, Benderson Park easements and Florida Power and Light easements we had to secure.” Bebak said many utilities run through the project site, and he noted in constructing the parking lots alone there were more than 20 areas where there were underground utilities. He said the increase in videoconferencing capabilities has helped the project proceed on time. “We couldn’t have done this as efficiently five to 10 years ago,” he said. “We get 35 people on a call, including our staff and engineers, and we can go room-by-room, … what goes where. It is the same with the exhibits: That coral goes there —can the public see it?” Bebak said the design phase has involved intricate work, but once finished, the builders can “follow the recipe.” He said all the construction drawings should be completed in “the next few weeks.” He said any changes being made will not change the look or size of the aquarium but mostly are involving details, such as whether a bigger beam is needed or a column should be moved. Although building costs have escalated, Bebak and Michael Moore, Mote’s special adviser to the Office of the President, said a significant amount of escala-

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The $130 million Mote Science Education Aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota is headed toward the muck. That’s a good thing. After the groundbreaking of the enormous project was held in November 2020, permitting and planning produced mostly behind-the-scenes work that was rarely visible to area residents. The site work is about to become more noticeable as Whiting Turner and Willis Smith begin changing the landscape. Construction has begun on two parking lots at the north end of Nathan Benderson Park, and safety fences are going up in the area of the three small lakes in that section of the park nearest to The Mall at University Town Center. Professionals will install a water-filled rubber bladder to the middle lake to take up space while

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What’s happening at the site of Mote Marine’s planned Science Education Aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota: NOW Construction of two parking lots for the aquarium at north end of Nathan Benderson Park IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS Drainage begins of a 17-acre lake where the aquarium will sit SEPTEMBER Demucking of bottom of the lake begins followed by filling the area with 107,000 cubic yards of dirt EARLY 2022 Pad will be built to support the 110,000-square-foot aquarium, and 380 auger cast pilings will be sunk into the former lake bottom 80 feet deep for support WINTER 2023 Anticipated aquarium completion PROGRESS A step-by-step progress report on the aquarium is available at MoteOceansForAll.org.

project. “We are hoping all things will calm down here in the next couple of months,” Moore said. “We already are seeing that in some commodities. We’re certainly watching it.” Moore said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the economy, the fundraising for the aquarium remains “well over $75 million.” He said not one pledge has notified him it wouldn’t be honored. “That is phenomenal,” he said. He expects a boost in fundraising activity as people see more construction taking place at the site. “Not just dollars, but inquiries,” he said. “It has become more real, and that’s a boost.”

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County Commission denies Concession project The plan could come back before commissioners if so recommended by a special magistrate. BRENDAN LAVELL STAFF WRITER

As a couple dozen residents from Panther Ridge, Myakka City and The Concession clapped and nodded their approval, Manatee County commissioners denied a land amendment that would have allowed a small development near the entrance to The Concession, on the border of Foxwood at Panther Ridge. It might not be the final battle in a fight that has lasted more than a year. The amendment, denied by a 6-1 vote Aug. 5, would have allowed Concession Land Development to remove 16 single-family villas within The Concession from its general development plan and reallocate them as 15 singlefamily lots on a 17.02-acre parcel of land at the southeastern corner of State Road 70 and Lindrick Lane. Commissioner Misty Servia cast the lone dissenting vote. However, Concession Land Development can take the plan back to a special magistrate, who will choose whether or not to recommend the plan be approved to the commission. The development company would then bring the plan back before the commission for another ruling. “I think he will be sympathetic to our recommended plan,” said Ed Vogler, an attorney for Con-

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The applicant, Concession Land Development, can take the plan back to a special magistrate, who will choose whether or not to recommend the plan to the commission. The development company can then bring the plan back before the commission for another ruling.

cession Land Development. “He will probably recommend that you relook at it again and approve it. I don’t think he will say your action in denying any use of that property is sustainable.” The 17.02-acre parcel, which includes a multiuse nature trail maintained and used by Panther Ridge since the mid-1990s, is owned by Concession Land Development but is outside the community called The Concession. A similar proposal, with 22 homes on the parcel instead of 17, was denied by the commission in June 2020. The revised proposal included minimum lot sizes of a half-acre instead of a quarter-acre while increasing the amount of open space on the parcel to 7.65 acres. Commissioner George Kruse said the proposed number of homes on the parcel wasn’t the

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Panther Ridge resident Olga Zarlenga often goes horseback riding on this trail, which has been used and maintained by Panther Ridge for more than 20 years. Trail users were not satisfied with the trail proposed in the land amendment.

issue. He questioned why Concession Land Development wanted to change its plan and build on land that wasn’t contiguous to The Concession. He also said he was concerned about residents from The Concession who said they were told that land would

remain a nature area, drawing parallels to a similar application the commission denied in January near the entrance to Savanna. “I’m saying I don’t want you building them here,” Kruse said. The revised proposal also included a 10-foot horse trail

located in the development’s buffer zone, which Rachel Layton of ZNS Engineering said would be located about 75 to 95 feet from the edge of traffic on S.R. 70 once the road is widened to four lanes. Vogler said an easement had been proffered to Panther Ridge residents so they could use the new trail, but Dan Lobeck, attorney for some of the citizens who were opposed to the development, said that wasn’t true. Even if they had been granted access to the proposed trail, opposed citizens including Panther Ridge resident Olga Zarlenga said it had issues. For one, the current trail is raised because it was built on a former railroad track. It therefore does not flood during and after heavy rains. Zarlenga said there was no assurance a new trail would be raised. Also, residents said the trail proposed in the application would be too close to S.R. 70, especially after the road is widened. Zarlenga said she was worried about the possibility of a horse getting spooked by traffic and running into the road. Although Vogler said he was sensitive to the needs of the equestrian community, he didn’t see how the proximity to the road mattered, considering horses often cross the road at that portion of S.R. 70. Commissioner James Satcher, however, said there was a big difference. “Crossing the road, you keep the horse far enough back, and you make sure you’re clear to go straight across,” Satcher said.

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The Tara Bridge project is pending removal from the county’s capital improvement plan. With Tara Boulevard now unlikely to serve as a connector between State Road 70 and Honore Avenue, Connor said proposals to slow traffic on Tara Boulevard are more practical than they were before. Manatee County Public Works Strategic Affairs Manager Ogden Clark III said his department has been studying the possible installation of at least two speed tables on the southern, two-lane portion of Tara Boulevard. Commissioners will see the plans in at least one briefing before the finalized plans are presented to them in a commission meeting, according to Clark. Commissioner Vanessa Baugh said she is in favor of adding some sort of speed control to Tara Boulevard. Her preferred method would be speed tables, as long as they are wider but not as high as severe speed tables and speed bumps. “The bottom line is you have to slow down when you’re going across them,” Baugh said. Connor said he also hopes the county can lower the speed limit on the southern half of the road from 30 to 25 mph. Clark, however, said the two-lane portion of the road is likely to stay at 30 because that is the standard for higher-volume, residential roads. Connor also wanted to see two additional stop signs installed at Tara Boulevard and Tara Preserve Lane to make the intersection a four-way stop. There are currently no stop signs for motorists traveling through the intersection on Tara Boulevard. Baugh said she wouldn’t support the addition of stop signs on Tara Boulevard.

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“We’re just thankful she wasn’t injured seriously. She could have been. Whether it’s her fault or not, we have a responsibility to make it safer.” — Darby Connor

“Stop signs are effective at first, and then no one pays attention to them anymore,” Baugh said. For the county to consider additional stop signs or other trafficcalming techniques at the intersection, Clark said a study most likely would have to be conducted. It would then need to show a high enough volume of traffic to warrant slowing motorists. “Our traffic engineers try to be careful of putting stop signs everywhere,” Clark said. “But I think Darby has made a pretty good case for why — whether it’s (Tara Elementary School) on the other side of it or the fact that it’s next to all these residents, and you’ve got people that are driving recklessly — it’s kind of a recipe for a dangerous situation.” Although funding is not currently available, Clark said perhaps a roundabout would make sense for the intersection as a way to slow down motorists at the intersection while still maintaining traffic flow. That is, if commissioners and residents were to agree one was needed.

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“If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.” Friedrich Hayek

“Road to Serfdom,” 1944

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Best friends Alyah Santamaria and Ally Ridenour, who are fifth graders and safety patrollers at Braden River Elementary School, say they are ready to be the big kids on campus this year.

BACK IN SESSION Mask or no mask, enthusiasm abounds on first day of school. LIZ RAMOS STAFF WRITER

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lyah Santamaria and Ally Ridenour, fifth graders and safety patrollers at Braden River Elementary School, stood beside the welcome back sign posted in front of the school with big smiles on their faces on Aug. 10. Santamaria and Ridenour, who have been best friends since they met in kindergarten at Braden River Elementary, were reunited and excited to be the big kids on campus as the school year started for the School District of Manatee County. “I’m not looking forward to leaving (the school) because I love it so much,” Ridenour said. “I’m excited to learn with my new teacher.” Schools across East County were bustling with students and parents heading to their new classrooms. Although the first day of school was a happy and exciting occasion for some, it was bittersweet for others. “I’m stressed,” said Nicole Schmitz, who was walking her Braden River Elementary School

kindergartner, Alexander Ayende Schmitz, to class. “I’m emotional because he’s not a baby anymore.” Ayende Schmitz smiled as his mom took a photo of him. “My mom is going to cry because I’m growing so big,” Ayende Schmitz said. Ashley Rainer dropped off her son, Clayton Rainer, for his first day of kindergarten at Tara Elementary School. “He was fine,” Rainer said. “I was not.” Daiana Mihai, the mother of Braden River Elementary kindergartner Elyssa Mihai and first grader Ayden Mihai, said she’s glad her children won’t have to wear a mask this year due to the district’s optional mask policy. “They’re normal kids again,” Daiana Mihai said. “This is (Elyssa Mihai’s) first year of school, so I’m glad it’s going to be a good experience.” District Superintendent Cynthia Saunders was pleased to see parents taking advantage of the choice of whether to send their children to school with masks and reiterated that the health and safety of students and employees is a top priority. “Overall, parents and children were excited to be back in school,” said Saunders, who visited Carlos E. Haile Middle School. “There’s nothing like the first day.”

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The East County Observer is seeking more photos like Country Club East’s David Williams relaxing with his East County Observer at Hilton Bonnet Creek at Disney Springs in Orlando for the It’s Read Everywhere contest.

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ne of the East County Observer’s most fun features, It’s Read Everywhere, had been delivered a blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vacation travel was cut down significantly, and so too was our regular stream of your favorite moments on the vacation trail that we featured each week in the paper. There you were standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, at the Great Barrier Reef or on top of Old Smokey. You were at the Grand Canyon, or you were in it, with a mule. Even as the pandemic attempts a resurgence, travel is way up from what it was a year ago. Here is a little jab to remind you to pack your Observer on your trip, and snap a special moment we can share with our readers, for which could win you a prize of two $250 travel vouchers from Parkstone Travel. To get you in the It’s Read Everywhere mood, I thought I would share a moment from my own vacation past, a story about what not to do while on vacation with a camera. Here goes. When my son was a 6 years old, my wife and I thought he was at a ripe age for a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. What’s more fun than photos of a little guy with all the special characters Disneyland has to offer? Back in the stone ages, we had a camera that actually used film. It was one of those deals where

you put the film into the back, rolled it from one spool to the other, and you were ready to go. Simple stuff. We were on a two-day pass to the Magic Kingdom, which gave our son plenty of time to explore the world’s happiest place. Because we were going to be there two days, we purchased the extra long rolls, which as I remember handled about 36 photos. It wasn’t like today’s world where you can shoot 300 photos digitally and come away with 12 perfect memories. You had to be a little more careful with your photo selections when you were dealing with film. So off we went, experiencing all the rides a 6-year-old would enjoy. I say this, remembering my feeling when I was standing in a 90-minute line for Peter Pan’s Flight, pondering why anyone would do such a thing. Oh, he’s 6. It also takes that kind of awareness not to go insane listening to the music while riding on It’s a Small World. The things we do for our children. But the rides weren’t where we spent our precious photos. We would wait until our son could hug Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck or Pluto. It wasn’t easy. Each of those characters had a schedule where they would be signing autographs in some themed land of

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the park. Being very organized, my wife wrote down a schedule as if we were catching a train. Everything was mapped out over the two days, and we stayed on schedule. Pluto in Adventureland at 2 p.m. Minnie in Fantasyland at 4 p.m., Mickey on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. It was efficient, until our ohmy-goodness moment. Three quarters of the way through the second day, we had every character in the bag. It was a chore, and it was complete. Or was it? My wife was staring at the back of the camera. “There’s no film in this camera,” she screamed, with an intensity which would have caused the ghosts to evacuate the Haunted Mansion. I laughed, because, after all, what else was there to do? It’s funny, right? Not so much. My wife grabbed my son by

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the hand and almost yanked his shoulder out of its socket as she headed off to a Mickey viewing. Long line, no matter. She cut in front of a bewildered line of toddlers and their parents, shoving her way to Mickey, slinging my son into Mickey’s side. Snap. Then we raced off to another land. And another, and another. Snap, snap, snap. In two hours, we had covered just about all the characters in record time. Our memories were saved, even if my son had a red face from doing the Disneyland marathon. I would love to hear your own vacation camera misadventures, so please send them along to

JHeater@YourObserver.com. Most of all, I hope you keep us in mind for It’s Read Everywhere. I know it will make you, and all our readers, happy when they see these fun memories. Just remember to put your memory card, or film, into the camera.

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Here are some common myths that have been driving vaccine hesitancy. The facts are provided by Sarasota Memorial Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, as well as information from the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. With COVID infections and hospitalizations surging, if you had been taking a “wait and see” approach, now is the time to get the shot and protect yourself, your loved ones and the community.

Myth: I’m young (or I’m healthy), so I don’t need to get vaccinated. FACT: While younger adults are less likely than the elderly to die of COVID-19, the disease can still be dangerous for them. Studies indicate that among adults age 18 to 39 who developed COVID-19, nearly 30% now suffer from “long-hauler” symptoms, including fatigue, brain fog and loss of taste or smell. Many of these young adults had only a mild case of COVID-19 when they were first infected.

Myth: Break-through infections prove the vaccines don’t work against the new Delta variant. FACT: While mild breakthrough infections may be more common than once thought, the main goal of the vaccines is to prevent severe disease and death. That is something all of the vaccines do really well. They prevent hospitalization and severe disease in 90% of people who get a break-through infection. If you are vaccinated and get the infection, chances are you’ll get very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

Myth: The vaccine may prevent pregnancy, or harm an unborn baby by altering our DNA. FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not alter recipients’ DNA; as a result, they cannot cause any genetic changes to mom or the unborn baby. There also is no evidence that vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy. The pregnancy prevention myth has been perpetuated by a sophisticated disinformation campaign that falsely claims antibodies to the vaccines’ COVID-19 spike protein will bind to placental proteins and prevent pregnancy. On the surface, it may seem based on science, but it is not true. In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says current reports suggest that pregnant and recently pregnant women have a higher risk for more severe illness from COVID-19 than nonpregnant women. ACOG and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine both recommend that all pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Myth: I shouldn’t get the vaccine if I’m breastfeeding. FACT: ACOG recommends that breastfeeding women get a COVID-19 vaccine, and says there is no need to stop breastfeeding if you want to get vaccinated. When you get vaccinated, the antibodies made by your body can be passed through breastmilk and help protect your child from the virus.

Myth: I might get COVID-19 from the vaccine. FACT: None of the authorized vaccines in the U.S. contain live virus. This means that the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. Short-term symptoms that may follow a vaccination are normal and show that your body is building protection against the virus.

Myth: COVID-19 vaccines were developed too fast to be safe. FACT: Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines, which are not new. Scientists have been working on mRNA vaccines for decades for a variety of illnesses — SARS, MERS, Zika, Ebola, newer influenza vaccines and even some seasonal coronaviruses — and that gave them a huge head start when it was time to work on COVID-19 vaccines. The other type of authorized COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) employs a weakened adenovirus, which also has been studied extensively in developing other vaccines. Additional reviews by the CDC and FDA have found the J&J vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 among anyone age 18 and older. Women under age 50 concerned about the very rare risk of the clotting disorder should know that there are other COVID-19 vaccine options available (the clots have not been associated with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines). The clinical trials for the 3 authorized COVID-19 vaccines were all done with the same rigor applied to all vaccine trials, and the results were reviewed and approved by multiple independent advisory panels.

Myth: I need to wait for full FDA approval to get vaccinated. FACT: With the Delta variant and increased transmission, the CDC says it’s more urgent than ever to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and the authorized vaccines are safe and effective: The 3 available vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). The vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. Millions of people in the U.S. have received the vaccines since they were authorized for emergency use. According to the CDC, the vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure vaccines are safe. The FDA itself has emphasized that it conducted a thorough scientific evaluation of each of the authorized vaccines and can assure the public and medical community that the vaccines meet FDA’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality.

Myth: Possible long-term side effects are too risky since we don’t know what they are yet. FACT: With any vaccine, any side effects will typically show up within 6 weeks after the injection. Vaccines have been studied over decades, and do not typically have delayed or long-term side effects. Some, like the smallpox vaccine, are very, very old, and none have resulted in side effects 10 or 20 years later. Conversely, we don’t know what the long-term effects of getting the virus are — and those are more likely to be problematic.

Myth: I have allergies, so it’s not worth the risk. FACT: Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to the vaccines have been very rare, averaging just 2.5 per 1 million vaccinations with the Moderna vaccine and 4.7 per 1 million vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine. To put that in perspective, anaphylaxis to penicillin occurs in 1 in 25,000 recipients. If you have concerns, certainly talk to your doctor and plan to wait 30 minutes after getting your shots for observation. If you are severely allergic to any of the vaccine’s ingredients, you should not be vaccinated. People with allergies to certain foods, insects, latex and other common allergens, however, can get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Myth: The vaccines contain unsafe toxins and microchips. FACT: Microchips are not injected into anyone. That is physically impossible. Microchips are, however, located on the vaccine packaging so that pharmacists and physicians can track doses and ensure they’re not expired or counterfeit. The vaccines’ ingredient list includes mRNA (which is destroyed by the body in a day or two), cholesterol (in amounts much lower than is already consumed by people) and non-toxic fatty molecules. FACT: According to the CDC, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering. Having an infection does NOT guarantee a strong immune defense. Research indicates that immunity from vaccination is likely to be stronger than immunity following infection.

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ate Walsh Honea remembers the moment she knew her dream of being a ballet dancer had come true. Walsh Honea, 38, had joined the Sarasota Ballet as an apprentice in 1997 before returning in 2002, and she became a principal dancer in 2009. It was when she was performing Sir Frederick Ashton’s “La fille mal gardée” at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in 2013, being held aloft by three fellow dancers on a massive stage and looking out to a full audience, that she realized how far she’d come. “I remember thinking ‘This is the real deal,’” Walsh Honea said. After 19 seasons dancing, she’s decided it’s time for a change. Walsh Honea has departed the company to take a position as artistic director for the Colorado Ballet Society in Colorado Springs, where she will trade dancing to her director’s repertoire of programs for designing programs and productions for dancers of her own. Walsh Honea feels she’s leaving the company in great hands. “I kind of felt comforted with this newest group of dancers,”

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season’s swerve where the company danced in a digital season streamed to audiences. “I’m looking forward to those moments that you can’t quite capture or re-create on camera,” Ostrander said.

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brown ale, raspberry chocolate stout, hefeweizen, etc., but it will also offer guest drinks from other Florida breweries to offset some of the drinks they don’t produce, such as ciders. For example, the company has partnered with Broski Ciderworks from Pompano Beach. Once the brewery is up and running, Carrubba said she plans to have 20 taps available. Carrubba said Inner Compass will also offer wines and wine-based drinks, such as mimosas. As for food, Carrubba said Inner Compass will mostly offer standard bar fare. Each item, whether it be pizza, salad, wings or something else, will come with a recommended pairing for a drink. After the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Turner moved to west Bradenton to be closer to his family, and he and Carrubba decided to move the business with him.

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Lakewood Ranch High senior kicker Drew Clark was named the No. 5 kicker in the country in his class by Kornblue Kicking on Aug. 8.

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Lakewood Ranch High football Coach Rashad West is in the third year of his rebuild of the program, but after directing a senior-laden team in 2020, the 2021 group will be inexperienced — but with plenty of potential. “I love this group of kids,” West said. “We have a lot of young kids who are going to have to grow up quickly. But it’s a good group. I like what we have. They have worked their butts off. We ask a lot of them, and they meet the challenge every day.” The Mustangs do have a head start on last season in one area. They have an established quarterback in senior Cameron Madison, who will take the job after splitting time with the nowgraduated Jimmy Kelly the past two seasons. “I don’t ever like to feel too comfortable,” Madison said. “I’m going to prepare the same way whether I know I’m the starter or not. You have to compete with yourself if you’re not competing with someone else.” Madison said he is confident in his understanding of reads and defensive coverage. He said he will have more flexibility in terms of audibles and checking

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LAKEWOOD RANCH HIGH 2020 regular season record: 5-3 Coach: Rashad West, third season Key to the season: West said depth might be an issue if the injuries pile up. West said the offensive line has to come together to give senior quarterback Cameron Madison time to operate. Regular season schedule: n Aug. 27 vs. Seminole High (7 p.m.) n Sept. 3 at Cardinal Mooney High (7 p.m.) n Sept. 10 at Braden River High (7:30 p.m.) n Sept. 17 vs. Gulf Coast High (7 p.m.) n Oct. 1 vs. Venice High (7:30 p.m.) n Oct. 15 at Riverview High (7:30 p.m.) n Oct. 22 at Sarasota High (7:30 p.m.) n Oct. 29 vs. St. Petersburg Catholic (7 p.m.) n Nov. 5 at Booker High (7:30 p.m.)

to certain plays at the line. He hopes to turn that freedom into big plays with his wide receiver group, which includes sophomore Connor Anthony and junior Clay Brown. Junior running back Kevin Everhart, a transfer from Parrish

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f you took a glance at the bench during a Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball game over the past decade, you saw Coach Jeremy Schiller emoting in some way. It could have been clapping. It could have been pointing out a missed defensive rotation. It could have been squatting down in front of the chairs or pacing the sideline. He never sat still. He was always coaching, always active, always moving. Now he’s moving on. Schiller has accepted a varsity boys basketball head coaching position with IMG Academy, pending a background check. His last day at the school will be Aug. 13. Schiller took over the Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball program in 2011 with the intention of creating not just a winning program but also a winning culture. He’s saying goodbye after accomplishing just that. Schiller led the Mustangs on two trips to the state semifinals and one state championship game appearance. He will leave the school with a 174-98 record. Schiller, who has had offers to leave the Mustangs in the past, including from colleges, said the opening at IMG was a “perfect storm” of factors. Not only is it a chance to work with highlevel athletes, but he said he can also remain close to his family, who all live in the area. He

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Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball Coach Jeremy Schiller has been offered and accepted a varsity boys basketball head coaching position with IMG Academy pending a background check.

said he has a good relationship with many members of the IMG basketball program after taking part in tournaments at the school and playing the school’s national team. His friendships include IMG Basketball Director Brian Nash. The position will allow Schiller to focus on basketball full time. At Lakewood Ranch, Schiller was a physical education teacher in addition to coaching the basketball team. Schiller said that leaving the

Mustangs was not a decision he took lightly. “The hardest part of all of this is the relationship part,” Schiller said. “We use terms like ‘family’ a lot, but this program has been special to me. It had to be a great opportunity for me to leave. “We have been so successful the last 10 years, not just on the court but off the court. It’s going to sound weird, but I think my favorite moments are after players are gone. When players are in their freshman or sopho-

more years of college, and they come back for a game of pickup ball with the coaches or just give me a call. Our relationships with our players are real, and I plan on maintaining those relationships. That’s the good thing about this job, that I’ll still be around. It’s not like I’m going to California.” Schiller said the next Lakewood Ranch coach, whoever it is, will be walking into a situation built for success. “It’s actually a bad time to be leaving because we’re going to be good again,” Schiller said, laughing. “I would love for them to surpass what we’ve done. I hope they win a state title this year.” It will be strange walking into the Mustangs gym and not seeing Schiller in motion. It will be stranger not to call him for tales of the team’s trips to New Orleans or the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers. He will be missed.

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than clients. Evans remembered back to a time during her 20 years at University Park when a resident had fallen while plant-sitting at a neighbor’s residence and couldn’t get up. The woman’s daughter called Evans in a panic, saying the ambulance was taking too long to arrive. She wanted to know if Evans could go stay with her.

Evans ran out the door. “That was an incredibly personal moment, where you achieve that kind of intimacy,” Evans said. “That’s what makes University Park special. They would reach out to me personally to help out.” Evans said from the time Fetsick was hired in August 2020 to be University Park’s director of finance, she could see he could fill that role. “You are uplifted whenever you spend time with John,” she said. Before coming to University Park in 2020, Fetsick spent the previous 15 years working for the Philadelphia Phillies. When he left, he was director of finance. He said he was grateful, excited and appreciative for the opportunity to lead University Park. “I am anxious in a good way,” he said. After his time with the Phillies, he said he wanted a change in his career, but he didn’t want to “go into some corporate building.” He will guide University Park Country Club (you don’t need to be a resident to join the club) through a renovation program that altogether will reach approximately $5 million in improvements. A $2 million renovation of dining facilities (the Lakeside Room, the Park Grille and the

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Outdoor Cafe) is taking place. The club is adding four new pickleball courts with a potential for four more. A new croquet pitch is being added. A $1.5 million renovation of the golf course is ongoing as well. “Our responsibility is member satisfaction,” Fetsick said. “We are always enhancing the amenities. Taking our country club to the next level is important.” Fetsick, who is 37, and wife K.C. have three children, Makayla, 3; Brielle, 6; and John, 5. He said Evans allowed him to grow into the general manager position. “From day one, Laurie has welcomed me and given me the flexibility to be who I am,” he said. “She encouraged me to flourish and put me in position to get this job.” Evans said her desire to do more traveling, such as a trip she hopes to take to Africa, made it the right time to retire. “I will miss the members and residents,” she said. For most of her time at University Park, she worked for developers John and Pat Neal and Charles Varah, who represented the Rolf Pasold family ownership. Now she answers to a five-person University Park Recreation District board of supervisors and the seven-person Community Association board of directors. The University Park Recreation District, a governmental body created in August 2018, was formed to purchase and operate the University Park Country Club and community amenities. Fetsick said he will love the challenge of moving University Park forward. “When I come through the gates here, there is a beauty, a calm,” he said. “You see members walking and riding their bikes. It’s a little sanctuary.”


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Paul and Susan Giroux, of Bradenton, sold their home at 8012 Royal Birkdale Circle to Antonea Oliveri Beckerman, of New Milford, Connecticut, for $1.55 million. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,589 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.04 million in 2005. Robert and Nancy Rauscher, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 13415 Montclair Place to Mark and Amy Moore, of New Milford, Connecticut, for $1.2 million. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,850 square feet of living area. Miklos Laszlo Berente and Nora Zita Berente sold their home at 7604 Desert Inn Way to Peter Meizels, of Lakewood Ranch, for $1.1 million. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,431 square feet of living area. It sold for $435,100 in 2020. Vicky Lynn Schaefer and Kimberly Anne Alberg, trustees, of Holmes Beach, sold their home at 8223 Championship Court to Alevtina Olievskiy, of Lakewood Ranch, for $750,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,896 square feet of living area. It sold for $660,000 in 2016. WATERLEFE

Rafael Antonio Campaneria and Doreen Campaneria sold their home at 10310 Riverbank Terrace to Marcat International Inc. for $1.55 million. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,438 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.03 million in 2019. Daniel and Cheryl Sullivan sold their home at 10904 Big Bass Place to Nissim Seror, of Bradenton, for $900,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,156 square feet of living area. It sold for $788,500 in 2004. David Larusso, trustee, sold the home at 9720 Portside Terrace to Jeffery and Diana Klotz, of Bradenton, for $450,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,155 square feet of living area. It sold for $340,100 in 2004.

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Wayne Faulkner, of Lakewood Ranch, sold his home at 22571 Morning Glory Circle to Bobby James Tinsley and Jessica Renee Vines-Tinsley, of Bradenton, for $1.3 million. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,525 square feet of living area.

Roger and Laurie Riehm, of Bradenton, sold their home at 22620 Morning Glory Circle to Dirk and Laura Taylor, of Bradenton, for $915,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 4,241 square feet of living area. It sold for $670,000 in 2015. RIVER CLUB SOUTH

David Christopher Bruder and Lori Kathleen Bruder, of Bradenton, sold their home at 7301 Tori Way to Juan Jose Cerrillo Cabrera, of Bradenton, for $1.29 million. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,016 square feet of living area. Gregory Kaiser, of Sarasota, sold his home at 10159 Cherry Hills Ave. Circle to Matthew Kotlik, of Sarasota, for $690,000. Built in 1996, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,832 square feet of living area. It sold for $450,000 in 2015. EATON PLACE

Frances Mira Alvares, of University Park, sold her home at 7349 Eaton Court to William Louis Moore and Sue Ellen Bennett, of University Park, for $1.2 million. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, six baths, a pool and 3,291 square feet of living area.

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Mark and Stephanie Edwards, of Bradenton, sold their home at 13243 Sorrento Way to Robert Anthony Pacitti and Robin Ann Pacitti, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, for $878,000. Built in 2018, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,117 square feet of living area. It sold for $557,700 in 2018. Gordon and Bonnie Couperthwaite, of Osprey, sold their home at 4929 Tivoli Run to James and Lillibeth Conkling, of Bradenton, for $575,300. Built in 2017, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,217 square

feet of living area. It sold for $538,300 in 2017. COUNTRY CLUB EAST

David Anthony Gallone and Tina Gallone, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7027 Whittlebury Trail to Kevyn Rakowski, of Bradenton, for $850,000. Built in 2019, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,653 square feet of living area. It sold for $570,000 in 2019.

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Dale Ott and Kathy Seiders sold their home at 7302 Chatsworth Court to Yekaterina Lipel, of Encino, California, for $1.18 million. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,435 square feet of living area. It sold for $800,000 in 2004.

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Cynthia Murphy sold her home at 5818 Tidewater Preserve Blvd. to Melvin Benson Jr. and Jennifer Benson, trustees, of Bradenton, for $980,000. Built in 2017, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,460 square feet of living area. It sold for $715,000 in 2018. ESPLANADE

Lesley Warren, Leslie Warren, Sean Warren, Hayley Franklin and Gary Warren sold their home at 5004 Benito Court to Stephanie and Mark Edwards, of Lakewood Ranch, for $950,000. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,139 square feet of living area. It sold for $940,000 in 2018.

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Melvin Ochab Jr. and Cynthia Ebertz, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 15315 Leven Links Place to Dean and Susan Maggio, of Lakewood Ranch, for $830,000. Built in 2012, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and is 2,516 square feet. It sold for $505,600 in 2015.

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Paul Zoukis, of Alexandria, Virginia, sold his home at 7252 Whittlebury Trail to Leon and Linda Gottlieb, of Glencoe, Illinois, for $820,000. Built in 2018, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,408 square feet of living area. It sold for $676,500 in 2018.

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Robert Brandhuber and Amy Brandhuber, of Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 7106 Westhill Court to William and Lisa Diggins, of Lakewood Ranch, for $629,000. Built in 2013, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and is 2,184 square feet. Mark Norman Schneider and Harriet Richmon Schneider, of Ocean View, Delaware, sold their home at 16445 Hillside Circle to Frederick Peter Loy and Maureen Kennedy Loy, of Bennington, Vermont, for $575,000. Built in 2018, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 1,882 square feet of living area. It sold for $430,000 in 2019. Thomas and Elizabeth Ciechanowski, of Silver Spring, Maryland, sold their home at

15410 Helmsdale Place to Mihai Petrescu and Gabriela Liliana Petrescu, of Lakewood Ranch, for $527,500. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,142 square feet of living area. MILL CREEK

Karla and John Franklin, of Cleveland, Tennessee, sold their home at 403 Woodview Way to Tracy and Scott Wolfe, of Bradenton, for $819,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,742 square feet of living area. It sold for $510,000 in 2018. Anne and Kelly Gautreau, of Bradenton, sold their home at 13424 Third Ave. NE to Aaron and Suzanne Maynard, of Lakewood Ranch, for $430,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and is 1,999 square feet. It sold for $293,000 in 2014. SAVANNA

Elisabeth Buza, of Bradenton, sold her home at 13611 American Prairie Place to Thomas Richard Klein and Susan Marie Klein, of Baltimore, for $780,000. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and is 2,231 square feet. It sold for $417,000 in 2019.

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MOVIE BY THE POOL Runs from 4-6 p.m. at Goldfish Swim School, 8205 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch, Suite 111. Goldfish Swim School is hosting a family “Swim and Screen” event that is free and open to the public. The event includes an open pool for all to enjoy along with the screening of the new DreamWorks Animation preschool series “Gabby’s Dollhouse.” Register at Eventbrite.com/e/gabbys-dollhouse-family-swim-and-screentickets-165299121121. Besides swimming and the show, the event includes arts and crafts, snacks and prizes.

WEST COAST CUP SOCCER Begins at 7 a.m. at Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. This tournament is a primer for the fall club season for United States Soccer Federation clubs. Teams U13 through U19 will be in attendance. The cup is free to attend for spectators. For more information, visit SoccerSkillsUnlimited.com or PremierSportsCampus.com.

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REC DAY AT THE PARK Runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Nathan Benderson Park hosts Rec Day, which offers participants to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Meet at the base of the finish tower. For more information, go to NathanBendersonPark.org. The fee is $10 per person or $5 for an adult who brings a child. The event is free for children 6 and younger. Fishing licenses are required for all participants who choose to fish.

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NEWCOMERS MEETING Begins at 10 a.m. at Bob Gardner Park, 2710 White Eagle Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch Community Activities hosts an event where those who are new to the community can learn about all it has to offer, such as parks and events. The event is free. For more information, go to MyLWR.com.

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112 Microbe 116 Rarely attainable standard 117 Haunting melody? 121 Where one steps into the spotlight 122 Challenge in a sleepover game 123 Candy with colorful dispensers 124 Oscars and Nobels 125 Carries 126 Poetic tributes 127 Astound 128 Most recent DOWN 1 Broadway ensemble 2 Diva's delivery 3 Hue 4 Pesters incessantly 5 Name that anagrams to "Ina" 6 Bamboo-eating bear 7 Eye-catching online ad 8 Poker payment 9 "I'll pass" 10 Knife for peeling 11 Eager child's cry 12 Prefix with "pod" 13 Author Rand 14 Book after Jonah 15 Made up (for) 16 Pair that may have good flow 17 John of "Monty Python" films 18 Many-headed serpent 24 "Othello" villain 25 Angsty music genre 30 ___ the Man (baseball legend's rhyming nickname) 31 Soft serve holder 32 Politically aligned groups 33 Tropical vacation spots 34 Name that anagrams to "Ina" 35 Flat-bottomed freight carrier 36 Buckeyes' university 37 Actress Tyler 39 Friend, in Paris 42 Man made from dust 43 More brusque 45 Major Greek export?

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