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2454 McMullen Booth Rd. #720 Clearwater, FL 33759

The Alpha Med Difference

At Alpha Med Group, our doctors focus on an integrative health approach. We use multimodal strategies to help you take control of your health through quality healthcare, positive life choices, proper diet, and staying active. When combined with the latest research in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, our patients benefit from a fully personalized approach. Unlike other health clinics, our programs target the root causes of our patient's symptoms. That way, they can enjoy a healthy, fulfilling life in public and also in the bedroom.

We're proud to have everything you need to improve your health and achieve your goals. Our providers will expertly handle your nuanced health challenges using advanced therapies like GAINSWave treatments to achieve a results-based outcome you'll love.

Some of the most common conditions we treat at Alpha Med Group include:

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Peyronie's Disease
  • Prostatitis
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How Do GAINSWave Treatments Work?

GAINSWave might sound too good to be true on the surface. However, this type of erectile dysfunction treatment in Clearwater uses science-based, research-backed applications and technologies that have been proven to be effective.

GAINSWave works by targeting the underlying issue of ED: blood flow. Continuous blood flow is critical in maintaining an erection. As men age, blood vessels in their penis break down and fill up with micro plaques, further reducing blood flow. GAINSWave treatment addresses this issue using low-intensity shockwaves or acoustic pulses to re-open closed blood vessels and help form new ones simultaneously. This increased blood flow essentially eliminates the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, letting men across the country gain a new lease on life.

Because this procedure is drug, surgery, and needle-free, most men won't have to stress about costly insurance claims or ugly scarring. All you need to think about is enjoying life with a new pep in your step, whether you're headed to work or spending time with your spouse in the bedroom.

Alpha Med Group's patients love that GAINSWave is quick, effective, and gets right to the root cause of their issues. Our GAINSWave treatments yield long-term results with optimized sexual performance and even treat other issues like Peyronie's disease.

Who is a Candidate for GAINSWave Therapy in Northdale, FL?

Any man older than 30 can enjoy the benefits of GAINSWave therapy. Men with or without erectile dysfunction use GAINSWave to reshape their sex lives without resorting to over-the-counter pills and prescriptions like Cialis. While it's true that the “blue pill” can temporarily relieve ED, that relief is short-lived because pills don't address the root cause of the issue. To make matters worse, many drugs have unwanted and unsafe side effects. GAINSWave represents a much safer, more effective solution for men who are sick and tired of the stress and embarrassment associated with ED.

Whether you're dealing with severe erectile dysfunction or you simply want a little more spark with your partner, GAINSWave is the surgery-free, drug-free alternative you can rely on.

To help you get a better understanding of Alpha Med Group's GAINSWave therapy, consider these quick facts:

  • GAINSWave is Among the Safest and Most Effective ED Treatments Available
  • Many Men Experience Results After One GAINSWave Treatment
  • Sessions Are Usually Short and Typically Last 15-20 Minutes
  • Most Men Need Between Six and Twelve Sessions
  • GAINSWave Releases Growth Factors that Help Form New Blood Vessels
  • Treatments Break Up Plaque, Which Further Stimulates Blood Flow
  • Many Men Enjoy Longer, Harder Erections with GAINSWave Treatment
  • GAINSWave Therapy May Activate Stem Cells That Foster New Cell Growth

What About Taking Pills for My Erectile Dysfunction?

In today's day and age, products that promise quick results and convenience are king. It makes sense, then, that many men want the fastest solution to their ED problem. While it's easy to pop a “little blue pill,” doing so can come with consequences that you don't get with GAINSWave treatment. And when it comes to sketchy over-the-counter options that you can buy at your local gas station, the risks are quite concerning. Before you re-up your prescription or head to the gas station, consider these side effects:

  • Heart Palpitations
  • Back Pain
  • Vision Loss
  • Rashes
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Pain in Penis
  • Heart Failure

If you're one of the many men who settled for strange side effects just to regain confidence in the bedroom, it's time to celebrate. Rather than relying on prescriptions or a la carte options, health-conscious men are using GAINSWave treatments for a safer, natural solution with no side effects.

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What are the Signs of Peyronie's Disease?

Men suffering from Peyronie's disease may notice an array of symptoms, which may manifest quickly or slowly. Some of the most common symptoms include:

Severe Bend of Penis: One of the most common symptoms of Peyronie's disease is significant bending of the penis in a certain direction, with or without achieving an erection.

  • Scar Tissue: If you notice unusual bands or hard lumps of tissue under the skin of your penis, it could mean you have Peyronie's disease.
  • Hourglass Shape: This disease occasionally causes the penis to narrow, resulting in an hourglass shape.
  • Pain in Penis:The curve caused by this disease is often painful, regardless if you have an erection or not.
  • Shortened Penis:Some men have reported that their penis is noticeably shorter with Peyronie's disease.

A Natural Solution to Peyronie's Disease

If you're one of the many American men who has lost hope because of Peyronie's disease, there is a new reason to be hopeful. Peyronie's disease is treatable, and you don't have to rely on surgery, vacuum devices, or a wait-and-see approach to get results.

If you're a man searching for a safe, non-invasive, natural treatment option for Peyronie's disease, GAINSWave therapy is the way to go. GAINSWave incorporates premium low-intensity, high-frequency shockwaves that break down plaque (or scar tissue) while opening and creating new blood vessels. When blood flow is increased, the penis curvature associated with Peyronie's disease is often reduced, giving men a new chance to enjoy a healthy sex life.

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phone-number727-977-8200

Your Premier Clinic for GAINSWave Treatment in Northdale, FL

At Alpha Med Group, our focus is on your goals, your results, and your experience. We firmly believe that your story matters and our team is ready and waiting to listen. We provide functional, personalized, regenerative medicines that address root causes, coupled with an industry-leading, progressive care strategy that is centered around our patients.

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If you're looking for GAINSWave treatment in a professional, welcoming setting provided by sexual health experts, contact our state-of-the-art office in Clearwater today. Whether you need help with embarrassing symptoms related to erectile dysfunction or you're looking to revive your sex life with a natural solution, we're here for you.

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Hurricane Ian: Timeline To Anticipated Devastation In Tampa Bay

The National Weather Service offers a glimpse at the wreckage possible in Tampa Bay even if Hurricane Ian makes landfall further south.TAMPA, FL — While it may be sunny in some parts of Tampa Bay on Tuesday afternoon, the scene outdoors will look a lot different in 24 hours as Hurricane Ian approaches.A hurricane warning and storm surge warning are in effect for Tampa Bay, according to meteorologist Dan Noah with the National Weather Service in Tampa...

The National Weather Service offers a glimpse at the wreckage possible in Tampa Bay even if Hurricane Ian makes landfall further south.

TAMPA, FL — While it may be sunny in some parts of Tampa Bay on Tuesday afternoon, the scene outdoors will look a lot different in 24 hours as Hurricane Ian approaches.

A hurricane warning and storm surge warning are in effect for Tampa Bay, according to meteorologist Dan Noah with the National Weather Service in Tampa Bay.

Residents are urged to prepare for tropical storm-force winds of 50 to 60 mph with gusts of 90 mph starting early Wednesday morning and continuing through Friday morning, with the possibility of winds exceeding more than 110 mph.

The NWS said the winds will be a threat to both property and lives as Hurricane Ian moves closer. Residents should prepare for catastrophic damage from the extreme winds, which will be the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane or higher.

The winds have the potential to cause structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof and wall failures, and destroy mobile homes.

"Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months," said Noah.

Residents can expect to see numerous large trees snapped or uprooted, and fences and roadway signs blown over.

Many roads, causeways and bridges will become impassable due to large debris, especially in urban or heavily wooded places.

Additionally, residents should plan for widespread power and communications outages.

The National Weather Service said there's a potential for 5 to 8 feet of storm surge above ground in some surge-prone areas and flooding greater than 6 feet above ground beginning early Wednesday morning.

Large areas inundated with storm surge flooding could experience battering waves and structural damage to buildings, with some buildings washing away.

The damage will be compounded by floating debris.

Large sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads may be washed out or severely flooded. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.

There may be severe beach erosion with significant dune loss and major damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks and piers.

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Many small craft will break away from moorings, especially in unprotected anchorages, with some lifted onshore and stranded.

Additionally, a flood watch is in effect throughout Tampa Bay, with 12 to 18 inches of rainfall possible. Rivers and tributaries may overflow their banks in many places with deep, moving water. Small streams, creeks, canals and ditches may become raging rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.

Buildings throughout the area could be flooded, with some buildings becoming uninhabitable or washing away.

Escape routes and parking lots could flood. Underpasses may be submerged underwater and roads and bridges could be washed out or weakened, making them dangerous to cross.

The NWS said driving conditions will become very dangerous by Wednesday morning.

The hurricane could also spawn tornadoes. Several places may experience tornado damage including roofs torn off frame houses, mobile homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or uprooted, vehicles tumbled and boats tossed about.

Listen for tornado watches and warnings. If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly.

What's Open, Closed In Hillsborough County On Thanksgiving Day

Here are the county and city government services that will be closed for the holiday. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — The majority of Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste pick-up on Nov. 24. Regular hours will resume Nov. 25.Also, the Southeast County Landfill, Northwest and South County transfer stations, Resource Recovery Facility, community collection centers and yard...

Here are the county and city government services that will be closed for the holiday.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — The majority of Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste pick-up on Nov. 24. Regular hours will resume Nov. 25.

Also, the Southeast County Landfill, Northwest and South County transfer stations, Resource Recovery Facility, community collection centers and yard waste processing facilities will reopen with a normal schedule on Friday.

See the Holiday Trash Collection Schedule for more information.

Libraries will operate under a modified schedule, closing at 6 p.m. Nov. 22 to 23.

All Hillsborough County libraries will be closed Nov. 24 and 25.

All Department of Health-Hillsborough County offices and clinics will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 26.

Offices and clinics will reopen on Monday, Nov. 28 for normal business hours. For medical emergencies, dial 911.

All conservation parks and skate parks will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, except Carrollwood Village Skate Park at Carrollwood Village Park, 4680 West Village Drive, Tampa, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

All conservation parks and skate parks will be open Friday.

All dog parks and splash pads will be open on Thursday and Friday.

Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation recreational centers, including the programs offered at the facilities, will be closed Thursday.

The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center will be closed. A limited number of animal safety and code enforcement officers will be on call for emergencies only. Submit a request via the Animal Request button at HCFLGov.net/AtYourService.

The Center for Development Services will be closed

The Sunshine Line transportation service will be closed

The water resources customer service center in Brandon will be closed. Emergency calls regarding county water and wastewater service may be made to (813) 744-5600.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program Call Center will be closed.

The Tampa Riverwalk, including Winter Village, will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday.

City parks will be open on Nov. 25.

City of Tampa-operated cemeteries will be open on Thanksgiving.

The city of Tampa will host stay-and-play holiday hours Nov. 22 and 23 and will close Nov. 24 and 25 at the Springhill Community Center, the Copeland Park Community Center, Dr. MLK Community Center and the Jackson Heights NFL/YET Center.

All city aquatic facilities will be closed Nov. 24-25.

The Marjorie Park Marina will be closed Nov. 24-25.

The Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex will be closed Nov. 24-25.

The Joe Abrahams Fitness Center will be closed Nov. 24-25.

The David M. Barksdale Center will be closed Nov. 24-25.

The Cordelia Hunt Center will be closed Nov. 24-26.

City of Tampa offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25.

Commercial and residential customers will not receive collection service on Thursday.

The revised collection schedule is as follows:

Customers may contact the City of Tampa Utilities Call Center at 813-274-8811, or visit the website if they have any questions or concerns.

New Tampa residents are encouraged to contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management at 813-272-5680 for their holiday collection schedule.

City offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Those who receive trash collection on Thursday will have trash pick-up on Wednesday, and Friday customers will be serviced on their regular day.

There will be no yard waste collection on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Those who receive recycling services on Thursday will be moved up to Wednesday. Other days will be serviced on the regular schedule.

Thursday recycling serviced on Wednesday. Other days will be serviced on the regular schedule.

City municipal offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

There is no residential garbage or recycling collection on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25.

New Pasco School To Be Called Angeline Academy Of Innovation

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) ?magnet middle and high ?school will open in August 2023. LAND O' LAKES, FL — Pasco County Schools announced that the new school for students in sixth through 12th grades, located in the Angeline community now under construction in Land O' Lakes, will be named Angeline Academy of Innovation.The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) magnet middle and high school will open in August 2023.With the help of community and indust...

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) ?magnet middle and high ?school will open in August 2023.

LAND O' LAKES, FL — Pasco County Schools announced that the new school for students in sixth through 12th grades, located in the Angeline community now under construction in Land O' Lakes, will be named Angeline Academy of Innovation.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) magnet middle and high school will open in August 2023.

With the help of community and industry partners who will provide a strong emphasis on science, technology and engineering fields, the school will immerse up to 1,700 students in real-world learning experiences.

Located on nearly 19 acres south of State Road 52, west of Sun Lake Boulevard and north of the Ridge Road Extension, the 187,000-square-foot school includes a one-story administration area, one-story dining and multipurpose area with a full functioning kitchen, two-story media, band and art areas and a four-story classroom wing with all areas connected by one- and two-story atriums.

The school will be located in the 6,200-acre Angeline mixed-use, master-planned community under development by Metro Development Group with Lennar as the lead home builder.

The community will be built with a digital infrastructure providing high-speed connectivity indoors and outdoors, and Streetleaf solar streetlights.

The centerpiece is the planned 775-acre campus of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute's life sciences research park, which will feature 16 million square feet of laboratory, office, manufacturing and clinical space designed to be a magnet for biotech companies and renowned researchers.

In the first phase, Moffitt is constructing a 128,000-square-foot corporate business park that will generate 430 full-time jobs.

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“Moffitt is thrilled to partner with Pasco County and Metro Development Group to build a global destination to live, work and cure cancer,” said Dr. Patrick Hwu, president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “We are poised to transform cancer care by attracting key biomedical leaders to drive innovative research breakthroughs. We foresee a first-of-its-kind campus with patient care, research, biotech, wellness, digital innovation and ultimately cures.”

Site entitlements for Moffitt’s project, which encompasses 24 million square feet, include a hospital, research and development space, office, manufacturing, laboratories, pharmacies, a university, hotel and commercial space. The multi-phase project is expected to create 14,500 jobs.

“We are proud to partner with Moffitt and Lennar on this forward-thinking project,” said John Ryan, CEO of Metro Development Group. “At Metro, we are known for creating healthy places for residents to live and work, and being aligned with Moffitt is a great fit in this regard.”

Also planned are up to 100 miles of trails and paved pathways developed by Avid Trails that will cater to casual walkers as well as competitive runners and mountain bikers. Trails will link to the Starkey Preserve, the Connerton Preserve and the Crossbar Ranch Preserve.

A 130-acre county park will feature a lake for fishing and kayaking, winding trails, a dog park, a shaded tot lot, boardwalks, campsites, picnic areas and scenic overlooks.

A professionally managed sustainable fruit and vegetable farm will offer fresh produce for purchase, farm-to-table events, nutrition classes, educational programs and a community garden.

The future town center and Crystal Lagoon with a beach, a specialty of the Metro Development Group, will be the heart of Angeline. It will be surrounded by more than 26 million square feet of office, shopping, dining and entertainment space along with 11,495 villas and single-family homes.

Lennar will build the first homes in the community from its Active Adult Collection. Within the gated neighborhood, there will be a multi-million-dollar amenity center and clubhouse featuring a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts.

“Angeline will transform central Pasco County and set a new standard for how we live in the 21st century,” said Kartik Goyani, vice president of operations for Metro Development Group.“As Florida and the rest of the nation ages, it’s important that our communities emphasize health and wellness.”

“We are very excited to be one of the first builders selected for Angeline, and look forward to providing a great product for the residents of Angeline and Pasco County,” said Mark Lennar’s Metheny, division president of Lennar Central Florida. “I look forward to being a part of this amazing live, work, play community.”

Applications for the Angeline Academy of Innovation will be accepted for grades 6-12 in early 2023 at www.pascoschools.org.

Taylor Morrison Development In Keystone To Be Scrutinized By County

Keystone residents say the homebuilder, Taylor Morrison, continually flouts county laws to protect trees and wildlife.ODESSA, FL — Rebuking the homebuilder for flouting county and state laws, the Hillsborough County Commission directed staff to review all permits and applications associated with a single-family home development under construction by Taylor Morrison in the Keystone area of Odessa and penalize the homebuilder to the fullest extent of the law.The commission's actions Wednesday came after a barrage of compl...

Keystone residents say the homebuilder, Taylor Morrison, continually flouts county laws to protect trees and wildlife.

ODESSA, FL — Rebuking the homebuilder for flouting county and state laws, the Hillsborough County Commission directed staff to review all permits and applications associated with a single-family home development under construction by Taylor Morrison in the Keystone area of Odessa and penalize the homebuilder to the fullest extent of the law.

The commission's actions Wednesday came after a barrage of complaints from residents in the Keystone area concerning the homebuilder's violation of the county's tree ordinance, county and state laws protecting endangered wildlife and county laws prohibiting construction work on nights and weekends.

Keystone resident Melissa Nordbeck and her neighbors said they were under the impression that the 200-acre wooded property between Patterson and McGlamery roads, a habitat for the endangered gopher tortoise and part of the environnmentally sensitive Brooker Creek Watershed, had been purchased by the county under its Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program.

Residents, therefore, were surprised in January when bulldozers suddenly appeared on the property and proceeded to clear all the trees, including a number of protected grand oak trees.

While the county commission did acquire two sites totaling 543 acres for $11.6 million between Boy Scout and Patterson roads in April 2020, linking 10,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands in northeast Hillsborough County and creating a contiguous wildlife corridor, the 200-acre site wasn't part of that purchase.

Instead, this property, zoned for 194 single-family homes on 10,000-square-foot lots in 1991, was subsequently sold to Taylor Morrison in December. And the homebuilder intends to take full advantage of its 30-year-old entitlements.

In the eight months since Taylor Morrison began site work on the property, resident Jeanne Holton Carufel, who owns 2 acres on nearby Echo Lake, said Taylor Morrison has continually violated county construction, development and environmental ordinances.

The neighbors documented a number of instances in which the construction teams worked outside the county's approved construction hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. One resident took video of construction crews installing utilities in the right of way on a Sunday at 10:30 p.m. earlier this month.

When the residents alerted their county commission representative, Commissioner Ken Hagan, about the destruction of the trees without a permit, county staff immediately investigates.

The Hillsborough County Department of Natural Resources fined Taylor Morrison $310,000 for illegally cutting down trees, the largest fine given by the county this year, and ordered the developer to replace the trees.

But residents said the developer's half-hearted effort to comply with the DNR's order resulted in most of the replacements dying. Furthermore, to keep nosey neighbors from monitoring the site, construction crews piled dirt in front of the property, a process called stockpiling that's also illegal.

"It seems they’re in a hurry to get this done before we can scrutizine their actions," she said. "The Brooker Creek Watershed is being sacrificed for another high-priced housing project on small lots."

The homebuilder is also being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for violating state laws protecting the gopher tortoise including filling in the burrows in which the tortoises live without permission.

Nevertheless, construction hasn't stopped.

Taylor Morrison didn't respond to requests from Patch for comment. However, the company contends that the 1991 zoning on the property gives it the right to move forward without public notice or the approval of the county.

"Taylor Morrison has shown arrogance and disdain for the rule of law," said Nordbeck who, along with about 200 other neighbors, filed suit against the homebuilder in June. "They have no respect whatsoever for Hillsborugh County laws and our community."

A judge is scheduled to hear the residents' lawsuit on Aug. 23. However, on Wednesday the residents pleaded with the commission to issue a stop order to prevent further damage to the property before the hearing.

"The sense of betrayal we feel is overwhelming," said resident Kim Paulson, who noted that the residents fought to get the Keystone-Odessa Community Plan approved by the commission in 2001 to prevent this kind of scenario. "Taylor Morrison has been able to proceed without any public comment or oversight, working under the radar during the pandemic."

"As we can all see, the neighbors are clearly frustrated," said Hagan, who received more than 400 emails from residents. "The zoning was secured over 30 years ago before the Keystone community plan and before many of our zoning codes were adopted.

He said the county attorney's office said the county has no control over the density of a zoning approved in 1991. As a result, the county had no choice but to issue Taylor Morrison a development order on May 5.

"But the builder still must get the proper permits for the work at both the site and in the right of way where utilities are being installed," Hagan said.

Nevertheless, he said the county had no choice but to issue Taylor Morrison a development order on May 5 due to the existing zoning.

"Taylor Morrison has been extremely poor neighbors," he said. "The Keystone community feels like they’re alone as another developer goes unchecked. Personally, I want to suspend their development permit today or issue a stop-work order. I personally would like to bring the wrath of God down on them."

Commissioner Mariella Smith sympathized with the residents' plight.

"I want to ensure residednts we are hearing them and looking into every tool at our disposal," she said. "I feel the pain of the citizens seeing this moving forward even though it is completely contrary to their community plan."

While the county can't take away the entitlements that came with the zoning approved in 1991, Smith agreed that residents have legitimate concerns about the protection of wildlife and the watershed.

She said the county worked hard on its new regulations to protect endangered wildlife "and they're outrageously slaughtering gopher tortoises and then paying the fines," Smith said.

"Taylor Morrison are the worse of the bad actors that we see in that industry, cutting down trees, working at night without a permit," she said. "And they consider the fines just the cost of doing business. They ask for forgiveness, not permission, and consistently thumb their nose at the rules. When someone is blatantly flouting the rules over and over, can't we raise fines and penalties for bad actors?"

Since the county is a litigant in the lawsuit filed by the residents to void the May 5 development order, County Attorney Christine Beck advised the commission against issuing a stop-work order.

"Our best advice is to allow this process to be handled through regular development procedures rather than have this board issue a stop-work order," she said.

However, she said there's nothing preventing the commission from having staff review all of Taylor Morrison's permits to insure the homebuilder is in conformity and then enforce county codes to the fullest extent.

The commission voted unanimously to have staff review all of Taylor Morrison's permits and applications and then implement all enforcement measures including a stop-work order.

In their lawsuit, the resident argue that developers who feel they have vested entitlements are required to apply to be vested. That's something Taylor Morrison never did. As a result, the development violates the density restrictions of the Keystone-Odessa Community Plan. And since Taylor Morrison is extending water and sewer lines the development, it also violates the county's comprehensive land use plan prohibiting the extension of utilities outside the urban service area.

The residents are raising funds for their legal battle. For information, visit their website, Protect Keystone.

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COVID Added To CDC Vax Schedule; FL Law On Vaccinations

The CDC has added the COVID-19 vaccine to its recommended school immunization schedule. But Florida officials have the final say.FLORIDA — The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention's advisory committee on immunization practices voted unanimously Thursday to add COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to the CDC's recommended immunization schedule for children ages 6 months and older and adults.The recommendation, however, doesn'...

The CDC has added the COVID-19 vaccine to its recommended school immunization schedule. But Florida officials have the final say.

FLORIDA — The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention's advisory committee on immunization practices voted unanimously Thursday to add COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to the CDC's recommended immunization schedule for children ages 6 months and older and adults.

The recommendation, however, doesn't translate into a CDC mandate; the final say on vaccine requirements in the state remains with Florida officials. The CDC vote simply makes the COVID-19 shots part of the agency's vaccine program for children, which provides many types of free inoculations to millions of kids every year.

As the nation’s public health protection agency, the CDC has the statutory authority to implement regulations to safeguard the public's health and safety, but cannot issue vaccination mandates.

It falls under the authority of individual states to establish and enforce vaccination requirements, according to the CDC.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been unequivocal in his objections to any vaccine mandates.

Last November, he signed legislation that protects Floridians from losing their jobs due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers, including the federal government, and protects the right of parents to decide whether or not their child will be vaccinated.

His decision was backed by Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, who has publicly questioned the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the Florida COVID dashboard — which is only updated once every two weeks and last had data entered Oct. 7 — the state had a seven-day rolling average of 7.1 percent positive cases, down from over 12 percent in mid-September. In total for the week shown, Florida had 10,793 new cases of the disease; the state has recorded a total of 7,129,245 cases throughout the pandemic.

For the same period, Florida had 49 COVID deaths, with a total of 81,661 deaths over the entire pandemic.

Earlier this month, Ladapo was lambasted by members of the medical community when he issued new guidance regarding messenger RNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, which constitute the majority of COVID-19 vaccines,

Lapado said men ages 18 to 39 should not receive mRNA COVID-19 vaccines based on analysis of mRNA vaccines by the Florida Department of Health using a self-controlled case series to evaluate vaccine safety.

These vaccines use genetically engineered mRNA to give cells instructions to make the protein found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus, resulting in the creation of antibodies to fight the virus.

The Florida DOH analysis found that there is an 84 percent increase in the incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccinations.

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines use mRNA.

"With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19, the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group," Ladapo said.

When Ladapo posted his recommendation on Twitter, it ignited a firestorm of criticism from the medical community, resulting in Twitter temporarily blocking his account.

Defending his recommendation, Lapado maintained that he was sharing critical information that men should know, especially if they have preexisting conditions such as myocarditis and pericarditis.

“Studying the safety and efficacy of any medications, including vaccines, is an important component of public health,” said Ladapo. “Far less attention has been paid to safety and the concerns of many individuals have been dismissed – these are important findings that should be communicated to Floridians.”

He noted that non-mRNA vaccines did not pose an increased risk, so men in this age group can still be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The CDC said there are two non-RNA alternatives.

The Novavax vaccine contains proteins of the virus that causes COVID-19 and another ingredient that helps the immune system respond to that COVID-19 protein. The vaccine causes the immune system to respond to the presence of the protein to protect the person against COVID-19.

This is the same type of vaccine used for hepatitis B and whooping cough.

Men can also be vaccinated with a "viral vector" vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen, These vaccines contain a vector virus to trigger an immune response to the COVID-19 spike proteins.

Viral vector vaccines have been used to fight Zika, the flu and HIV.

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