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Workers break ground on a ground-breaking project

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By Kellie Parkin

Southern Standard Builders broke ground this week on the Goose Cove water main in what has been described as an historical milestone. The cooperative project among several government entities and agencies is the first of its kind in Cedar Key.

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Monday’s update meeting was attended by Levy County’s Commissioner Lilly Rooks and Road Department Director Bruce Greenlee, Cedar Key’s CRA Director Greg Lang, Water and Sewer District General Manager Jack Hotaling, Fire Chief Robert Robinson, and community member Walt McJordan, as well as other city, district and contractor employees.

“This is the first time three taxing entities have come together like this to complete a project,” Rooks said. “We want to make sure that all the people we represent have fire protection.”

There have been a lot of obstacles during the planning process, but the collaboration has been smooth, Rooks said.

“We’re all in a major budget crunch and we all know what each other is facing, Rooks said. “The cooperation has been excellent.”

Roughly 1600 feet of the high-density polyethylene pipe will lie 20 feet below the bottom of Goose Cove, connecting the Cedar Key water tower to the intersection of SW 164th Ave. and Airport Rd. From there it will run the length of the airstrip and into Piney Point, a stretch close to two miles of pipe.

The Goose Cove portion of the project is expected to be completed by next week.