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Unhappy about CLAMERICA cancellation

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Dear Editor,

My family spends their annual vacation in Cedar Key. We are always there the week of the Fourth of July and we par- ticipate in the CLAMERICA festivities from sunup 'til sun- down. We eat all the delicious island food, my children par- ticipate in all the games and I have participated several years in the clam cook-off contest.

We were all devastated to hear that you will not be hav- ing the festival this year. Aren't there alternatives? What if you had the festival on Saturday or Sunday instead of actu- ally being on the Fourth? Doesn't the island need to generate funds? Will there still be a parade? How about fireworks?

I know that CLAMERICA draws a crowd and people spend money. Guess I am just being selfish, but we sure will miss all the fun. We sure appreciate all the effort and love poured into the event. It is always a memorable day! Regardless, we always look forward to our quiet, relaxing week in Cedar Key...the best kept secret in Florida!

Sue Boda

Tampa, Florida