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  • Property Owners Beware

     Florida Statute requires: 

    “When property owners act as their own contractor, they must supervise the work being performed. Any person working on your building who is not licensed must be employed by you, which means that you must deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers’ compensation for that employee.”

  • DBPR sweeps through town and nets contracting violators

    Acting on a tip about alleged unlicensed contracting, investigators from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation came to Cedar Key recently. When their work is completed, some violators could face criminal charges.

    According to James Patton, Regional Program Administrator for DBPR, on Friday, Sept. 2, investigators from the Gainesville branch office visited several construction job sites where unlicensed contracting was suspected. 

  • Budget workshops approach the end

    The City Commission and Community Redevelopment Agency are continuing the budget process and the end is in sight, with a meeting tonight at 6 p.m.  and the final meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 26.

  • Cedar Key coastal cleanup begins Saturday

    Submitted by LESLIE STURMER

    University of Florida/IFAS

    Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program

  • It’s time for another Coastal Cleanup

    By CHLOE REYNOLDS
    Shark Correspondent

    Did you know that enough diapers are picked up annually to supply every child in the U.K.? Or, that each year, enough cigarette butts are collected to fill 100 Olympic sized swimming pools?

  • Tourism summit focuses on hospitality

        About 120 visitors showed up Aug. 30 in Trenton at the 6th Annual Pure Water Wilderness Tourism Summit.
        "There was more of a positive response," said Donna Creamer, executive director of Pure Water Wilderness, after the event. "There was more cooperation."
    Creamer said the event, which focused on hospitality and customer service, had one of the biggest turnouts yet, something she attributed to the day's topic.

  • Dennison outlines reasons for vote against repairs

    Last week the Cedar Key Beacon reported that Commissioner Scott Dennison voted against having the Community Redevelopment Agency pay for repairs to two sewer line breaks near Second Street and State Road 24 during an Aug. 30 emergency meeting.
    While Dennison did not say why during the meeting, in response to a Beacon request he provided the following statement:
    "I voted no for 3 primary reasons;

  • Say goodbye

    Well, Cedar Key won’t have Ciraco Underground to kick around anymore. The road and utility work has been completed after a year of careful work and limited hicups.
     

  • Seeing red no more

    Back in elementary school, you may have been told that iron oxide powder, added to a paint base, made red paint. The abundant red pigment was the reason for many a red building and barns around the country.

    But, it is also the reason for the red water that comes out of the city’s wells. For years, the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District has been removing the iron and manganese from the water, but it has been a tedious and expensive process. Particularly because the water also runs through a MIEX system, to remove Tri-halo-methanes (THMs).

  • Aquaculture says it will monitor illegal dump site

    Cedar Key's  aquaculture group says it wants to help with illegal dumping in the city.
    Household trash and cover nets have been dumped in the Shell Pile area behind the marina on State Road 24 for years, according to local officials.

    But Ken Edmunds, of the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, said he thinks he has a solution for the dump site. Edmunds offered for the association to monitor the area on a regular basis for six months, beginning right after Coastal Clean up, an annual event aimed at cleaning America's coasts.