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Cedar Key to be featured in national magazine

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Budget Travel send photographer to town

By Ada Lang

Budget Travel magazine photographer, Stephanie Adams came to town Saturday to shoot images of Florida’s coolest town — Cedar Key. 

The photos will be featured in the September issue highlighting small towns across the country that online voters thought to be the USA's coolest. Budget Travel defines these as towns with under 10,000 population that are drawing attention and residents because of quality of life and the amenities they offer.

Adam's assignment was to capture scenes from the area, and three locations in particular — Kona Joe’s Island Cafe, Tony’s Seafood and Wabi Sabi Cottage She took interior and exterior shots at all three spots.

The magazine contacted the business owners before Adams’ arrival and made arrangements for her to visit them individually. Kayaks were provided by Tom and Sherry Leibert, of Kayak Cedar Keys. Adams, under the watchful eye of her father, paddled the perimeter of the island to record what she saw.

The 22-year-old recently graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, with a degree in Fine Arts and a specialty in photography and digital imaging. Her next assignment is to work in the magazine's New York office. After leaving Cedar Key on Saturday, she packed up her worldly belongings in Tampa and drove to her new abode in Brooklyn.

A few months ago, Cedar Key, the only Florida town among the 20 nominees, was voted No. 8 in the nation in the online poll. Florida Trend magazine helped boost the numbers by featuring the contest in email blasts during the voting and the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce also did email blasts reminding folks to vote often. Voters were allowed to cast ballots every few hours. The efforts paid off because only the Top Ten towns will be featured in the print edition that comes out in late August.

A happy Edie Zaprir, owner of Kona Joe’s Island Cafe, said in an email, “We are going to be nationally famous!”