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TUESDAY, JUL Y22,2014 | SERVING BREVARD COUNTY SINCE 1966 | FLORIDATODAY.COM $1Retail. For home delivery pricing,see page 2A ©2014 FLORIDA TODAY Vol. 49, No. 128 HOW ‘BOUT THEM ’CANES? Miami picked to win ACC Coastal Division, while FSU favored to repeat. »IN SPORTS WEATHER Partly sunny; rain chance, 45% H: 87 L: 75 14A INDEX Classified 7-10C Lottery 3A Comics 12A Obituaries 11A Crosswords 13A Opinions 6-7A Horoscopes 13A Stocks 4A Weather 14A INSIDE High-speed rail talks County commission will not discuss All Aboard Florida plan today. » Page 3A Boomers l ove to rock Britt Kennerly notes h ow seniors shell out big bucks for peer performers. » Page 3A Jaguars make strides For the first time in a long time, Jacksonville f ans have reason to be fired up. » Page 1C FREE Checking + $60 Bonus and access to over 50,000 fee-free ATMs, along with a $1,000 Line of Credit interest-free for 30 days to help you make the switch! ¹New accounts receive a $60 bonus after 60 days if the account is in good standing, has a minimum direct deposit of $100 monthly, and eStatements. 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And m ore than the “small step” on the moon that secured his place in history 45 years ago, that explains the kind of person he w as, said Michael Collins, Armstrong’s Apollo 11crewmate a long with Buzz Aldrin. “That powerful, powerful combination of curiosity and intelligence propelled him to the t op of his profession,” Collins s aid Monday at Kennedy Space C enter. “Over and over again, he took it one step further, and that eventually brought him to the last rung on the ladder of the Apollo 11(lunar module).” C ollins, Aldrin and family m embers of the late Arms trong, who died in 2012 at age 82, were among dignitaries who addressed roughly 500 guests d uring a ceremony formally naming a historic KSC facility after the first moonwalker. T hough Armstrong would not have sought the honor, they said, it was appropriate for his n ame to grace the Operations and Checkout Building, where thousands worked behind the scenes to prepare Apollo spacecraft for flight and where astronauts spent months training for their missions. “ Neil never capitalized on h is celebrity,” said Jim Lovell, A rmstrong’s backup commander for Apollo 11. “He always felt that he was part of a team of t housands of people working together to honor President Kennedy’s commitment.” I nside the renovated “O&C” high bay that housed the ceremony, a smaller team now is w orking on a spacecraft NASA says will lead to its “next giant leap,” to an asteroid in the mid-2020s and someday Mars. The Orion capsule is being prepared for a first test flight in space later this year, without a c rew. I n a move symbolically link- i ng the Apollo program’s achievement with planned future exploration, administrator C harlie Bolden gave KSC director Bob Cabana a framed mission patch that flew to the moon. T he Apollo 11crew gave the patch to NASA in 1987 with an inscription that it should be pre- s ented to the first Mars-bound Kennedy Space Center director Robert Cabana and NASA administrator Charles Bolden unveil a plaque of astronaut Neil Armstrong in the Operations and Checkout Building. PHOTOS BY CRAIG BAILEY/FLORIDA TODAY Neil Armstrong legacy adds honor Operations and Checkout Building bears his name Buzz Aldrin makes a joke on stage with Robert Cabana; Charles B olden; Neil Armstrong’s sons, Rick and Mark; and Jim Lovell. By James Dean FLORIDA TODAY SeeARMSTRONG,Page8A Cassandra Pratt found the aftermath of a drowning at Melbourne Beach’s Coconut Point Park on Sunday evening. Rescuers searching the water for a man’s body. A woman talking on the phone, almost unintelligible with grief, with two children by h er side. Jose Sanchez, 37, was the second of two people to drown because of rip currents this past w eekend, according to Brevard C ounty Sheriff's Deputy Maria F ernez. Darrius Rodwell, 31, drowned off Playalinda Beach on Saturday. Rodwell was from Mims; Sanchez from Texas. “ It was very devastating to s ee something like that in per- s on,” Pratt said. “You hear it on the news, and it’s totally differ- e nt to see it in person.” She arrived just before 7 p.m. and watched as divers worked in the water. The Coast Guard, Bre- v ard County Sheriff’s Office and Brevard County Fire Rescue s earched for Sanchez. His body was found about 10 p.m. The forecast warns of similar rip current conditions for the n ext few days. “If you’re going to come out to t he beach, it’s definitely one of those weeks to swim near a lifeguard,” said Eisen Witcher, assistant chief of Brevard County O cean Rescue. He said life- g uards rescued 12 people Satur- d ay and seven on Sunday. Aside from the two deaths last week- Beach deaths a grim reality Two drownings on weekend came during moderate rip currents By Andrew Ford FLORIDA TODAY Rip current warning signs are not to be taken lightly by swimmers and surfers. TIM SHORTT/FLORIDA TODAY SeeDROWNINGS,Page5A Florida could rake in big bucks in sales and tax revenue if A mendment 2 passes in November and medical marijuana becomes legal. State projections of sales range from $138 million to $5.6 billion. State projections of tax revenue range from $8.3 million to $338 million. T he numbers are based on the number of medical marijuana p atients, the amount of pot they may use and the price per ounce. The state Department of H ealth estimates there will be 417,000 patients. In addition, the department estimates 250,351 personal caregivers will be needed as well as 1,789 “treatment centers,” or dispensaries. Meanwhile, the estimated cost of carrying out the amend- ment is just a frac- t ion of possible revenue: About $ 1.1million for e ach of the first two years. R obert Calkin, founder of the Cannabis Career Insti- t ute, believes some of the numbers are conservative but said it’s understandable the state would start out that way. Calkin, a medical marijuana expert from California, holds seminars across Florida and in other states on how to start a medical marijuana business. F lorida will have to deal with unanticipated costs, he said. Bur eaucracies have been created t o regulate the medical pot programs in some other states, with- o ut proper training provided to carry them out. The National Cannabis Indus- t ry Association has its own projections of what the Florida market could look like, including the possibility the state could be the second-largest legal market in the country. Legalizing medical marijuana could be pot of gold Sunshine State could make $138 million to $5.6 billion in sales, tax revenue By Mary Wozniak The News-Press of Fort Myers Calkin SeePOT,Page8A

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