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10 x August 16 — September 5, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 The favorite getaway for locals You don’t have to be on vacation to eat like you are on vacation! Located at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Hemingway's is a legendary local dining gem with an inspired menu created by the esteemed Chef David Didzunas. Ernest Hemingway's expeditions from “Cayo Hueso” to the coast of Cuba are portrayed in many of his writings. The culture and cuisine of these areas serve as the inspiration for Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress’ signature Hemingway’s Steak & Seafood restaurant. Hemingway’s is home to many of “Papa’s” favorite dishes - and soon, some of yours. Savor a wide selection of wines, specialty drinks and desserts, featuring Key Lime pie and delectable pairings. And don’t forget to ask about our signature Papa Doble, one of Hemingway’s own libations. For more information or to make reservations, visit Hemingwaysorlando.com or call (407) 239-3854. to these exercises, and I stand that communicationsbased watch.” There were five submarines that participated — three from the U.S., one from the Republic of Korea, and one from Australia. Each submarine depended on watchstanders like Dobson. “I [helped to] guide the submarines and [provided] them with their tasking so they [could] execute their mission,” Dobson said. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 was the 26th exercise in the series, which began in 1971. The theme of RIMPAC 2018 was “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” Participating nations and forces exercised a wide range of capabilities and demonstrated the inherent flexibility of maritime forces, including anti-submarine and air defense exercises. “I [got] to be a part of the operation and see a bigger picture,” Dobson said. “Not just on what one ship [was] doing, but what all of them [were] doing, and how they [were] coordinated to accomplish whatever Lt. Cmdr. Craig Dobson, a 2003 Dr. Phillips High School graduate, serves in the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. the mission might be, which for us [was] anti-submarine warfare.” Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 18 land forces, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel participated in the biennial RIMPAC exercise that took place from June 27 through Aug. 2. This year’s exercise included forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, the U.S. and Vietnam. ª Get Social With Us! HYATT REGENCY GRAND CYPRESS call 407-239-3921 www.southwestorlandobulletin.com

On a bright, sunny morning on International Drive, officials from the YMCA of Central Florida renamed the aquatic center in the heart of the tourist district the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center. The renaming was in honor of Harris Rosen, the man who spearheaded efforts to save the center from the demolition ball more than a quarter-century ago. “Today, we honor one amazing human being,” said Rowdy Gaines, a former three-time gold medal Olympic swimmer and vice president of YMCA Aquatics. “Harris Rosen’s contributions to the community and this building are incredible.” Rosen, president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, said he felt honored by the recognition and thanked other donors to the capital campaign to renovate the aquatic center, which has three swimming pools and attracts international competitors to Central Florida. He mentioned many of the programs offered at the aquatic center and those who can take advantage of them, including swim lessons, divers, synchronized swimmers, underwater hockey players, seniors using the fitness facilities, water polo players, lap swimmers, the master swimmers and more. Then, in his often-low-key, humorous way, the avid swimmer said the real reason “I do it is because when I come here every day to swim, I am now almost always assured of a lane.” Saving the Aquatic Center Originally known as the Justus Aquatic Center, the building was built adjacent to a Radisson Hotel. It www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x August 16 — September 5, 2018 x 11 NOTEWORTHY NEWS YMCA Aquatic Center Gets New Name Hotelier Harris Rosen Honored by Debra Wood opened in 1985, and the following year, the developer declared bankruptcy, leaving the operator, Frank Buonauro, with a $12 million debt for the center and $18 million for the hotel, according to an Orlando Sentinel article in 1987. Buonauro found a bank to partner with, but that financial institution soon wanted out as losses mounted. The aquatic center closed in 1992, and plans were to tear it down and turn the site into a parking lot. Not so fast. John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, M.D., a Southwest Orlando resident, recalled that a young Special Olympian was at the aquatic center when Rosen also came up to the chained doors. That Special Olympian asked him, “Did we do something wrong?” Rosen assured him that was not the case, stepped up and formed the Friends of the Aquatic Center. He recruited Meisenheimer, who coaches the center’s Special Olympics team, and others in the community and across the country. “It was a six-month battle,” Meisenheimer said at the event. “When the battle line was drawn, bankers, lawyers and politicians were not on our side. It was Rosen and rabble, the rest of us. It was us fighting behind Harris Rosen.” In the end, the bank gave the facility to Orange County, which passed it on to the YMCA. The aquatic center reopened in June 1992. “If Harris had not picked up that battle ax, that would not have happened,” Meisenheimer said. A Lifetime of Giving Back Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs called Rosen “a legend CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 401 Main Street, Suite A, Windermere, FL Windermere Center for DENTISTRY Emilia M. Godoy-Rapport, D.M.D. Always Friendly & Gentle Cosmetic and family dentistry www.windermeresmiles.com (407) 909-1097