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BOCC seeks grant for clammers

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Project would benefit oystermen

By The Staff

The Levy County Commission has approved seeking a $121,000 federal stimulus grant to benefit the clammers and oystermen at Cedar Key.

Commissioner Lilly Rooks brought up the non-agenda item at the Commission meeting on Tuesday morning and the commissioners immediately agreed to take up the matter.

Rooks said she had received a letter from the Levy County Soil and Water Conservation Board the afternoon before saying the money is available and the grant application must be submitted by April 6.

“This is for the clam farmers and the oystermen,” Rooks said. “They would be taking old clam bags to build oyster beds.” The clam bags are used to hold the clams while they are growing to market size.

“It would bring money in to clam farms and oystermen and they are really hurting,” Rooks said.

She made the motion to apply for the grant after it passes muster with the county attorney. It was seconded by Commissioner Danny Stevens and passed unanimously.