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Trouble in Cedar Key: Under our noses

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By Gene Benedict

As a change of pace, I thought we might try the shorts that follow for this week's conversation.

As you passed through the intersection at the school, you may have noticed the grit on the sidewalks and the roadways. Look up and you'll see what has been happening. A crew has been at work blasting and repainting the water tower. Frequent painting of metallic structures is a necessary part of corrosion control. The color is the same. The only thing you notice is the absence of the rusty spots on the structure and the tank above. Good job, guys.

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Atlantic City, Virginia Beach, a few other coastal towns, and now Cedar Key have something in common - boardwalks. Adjacent to the inside ramps at the city Marina is such a place. Recently equipped with scenic benches, it's a comfortable stopping place on your walkabout. It's equipped on the water side with cleats. Now you can stroll down to the boardwalk in the afternoon and watch the fishing boats pull in and offload their catches. It's already a popular spot for pictures.

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This week on Monday afternoon you may have heard the sirens going off about one o'clock. Those were the emergency evacuation sirens that will sound only in case of a mandated evacuation such as a hurricane. Most locals in town heard the sirens though some out near the State Museum have reported that they didn't. Hum-m-m.

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Did you see the meteorite shower Tuesday night? The orbit of the earth around the sun intersects the asteroid belt, also orbiting the sun. Tuesday night, the earth passed through that belt. If you missed the show of shooting stars, you are not alone. I slept through most of it, and when I went out to catch the last, it was cloudy. Oh well, that's okay...

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Pastor Todd Pope, his wife Starr, and three of their children have joined the Cedar Key community. Brother Todd is the new pastor of the Baptist church atop the hill on Second Street. Todd's father, Jack, is a long time resident of Cedar Key and a good friend of Anne's and mine. Welcome to Cedar Key, Todd, Starr, and family.

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Last Tuesday evening could not have been pleasant for those at the City Council meeting. Reading about it in both local newspapers reminded me of a shoot out at the OK Corral, or an ambush at City Hall, maybe even an attempted character assassination, with a couple of elected officials the only ones bearing arms. Could this have happened in Cedar Key? I'm embarrassed. But who am I? All I know is what I read in the newspapers...

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Nine-year-old Savannah Howard of Cedar Key has been putting out a newspaper to her family and her friends. The layout and is pretty good. And so are the stories. I admire your enthusiasm in this work, Savannah. If you want input or would like a larger circulation, I stand at your service as Trouble or as just plain Mister Gene. Good luck.

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Well, how's that for a change? Let's talk about what you see this week as we cover the trail looking for Trouble in Cedar Key.

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