If you see this error deploying to an ESP8266 from Arduino IDE on MacOS 11.2
"pyserial or esptool directories not found next to this upload.py tool"
… per this post, edit the file:
Comment out lines 29 and 30 and append these lines:
iokit = ctypes.cdll.LoadLibrary(‘/System/Library/Frameworks/IOKit.framework/IOKit’)
cf = ctypes.cdll.LoadLibrary(‘/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreFoundation.framework/CoreFoundation’)