Low-key revelry rings in Cedar Key's 2008

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By Jenna McKenna

No rain pelted the heads of revelers. Except at Coconuts, no heavy amps battered their ears. Unlike on the eve of 2007, Cedar Key welcomed in 2008 with a quieter revelry.

Some things stayed the same. As it had last year, Joel Benefiel's group reined at the Island Hotel. Local Traffic rocked the swamp at Coconuts.

Local rockers Dock Street brought their Bob Seger-style stomp to the Seabreeze downstairs, and the up-and-coming duo of T.J. Brown and Josh Calvert were joined at the Raw Bar by Gulf Hammock songbird Naomi Cahours.

All over town, the sound was sweet and mellow, the better to welcome in 2008 on a gentler note.

Cedar Key's finest stood inconspicuously at the foot of Dock Street, ready to help out but happy to just share a quiet conversation.

When midnight arrived, it came on little fog feet (with apologies to Carl Sandburg).

Partygoers toasted each other and the New Year, then began to disperse, mostly quietly, to their pleasant island homes.