By LESLIE STURMER
Special to the Beacon
Clam farming has enabled the island community of Cedar Key to continue with an industry connected to the sea. The story and significance of this new industry is captured in “Cedar Key Everlasting”, a publication which will be premiered at this event.
“Cedar Key Everlasting” will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 809 6th St.
Sue Colson and Leslie Sturmer will provide an introduction to this project and its intent. Cynthia Barnett, journalist and award-winning author, will read from the foreword about her time spent in Cedar Key. Barnett will also highlight her new book, “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis”, in which she reports on the many ways one of the most water-rich nations on the planet has squandered its way to scarcity.
The first book to call for a national water ethic, “Blue Revolution” is also a powerful meditation on water and community in America. Dessert and coffee will be served afterward by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association.
The new residents of Cedar Key, as well as visitors, are the intended audience of the “Cedar Key Everlasting” publication, in an effort to inspire an appreciation for the community’s aquaculture and fishing industries and what it will take to sustain them.
The project is a collaborative effort among the Aquaculture Association, LINC (Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture), and the University of Florida IFAS Shellfish Extension Program. Additional support has been provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. FHC is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities and funds and coordinates statewide public humanities programs and publications that explore the people, places, and ideas that shape our state.
For more information, contact Leslie Sturmer at (352) 543-5057 or LNST@ufl.edu.