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  • Hastings proposes layoff alternative

    In the effort to reduce the operating budget by more than $1 million by the end of the current school year, Superintendent Bob Hastings is asking for the School Board’s and the union’s approval to take an unusual approach.

    Rather than eliminating approximately 50 jobs district-wide, as previously proposed, Hastings has found a more creative means.

    “We’re going to ask all employees to take three days off without pay,” Hastings told the Board.

  • City streetlight survey nears completion

    A survey of Cedar Key’s 158 streetlights is 75 percent complete, Public Works Coordinator Josh Wilson reported at Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting.

    The survey is looking at three factors: whether or not each light works, supplies appropriate illumination, and hangs at an effective height. Twelve to 15 percent of the lights surveyed so far require repair.

    The commission discussed lumen footprints, and the negative effects of light pollution.

  • Is a cell phone tower in store for Cedar Key?

    A representative from Skyway Towers visited the Cedar Key Commission last week to propose the addition of a cell phone tower.

    Scott Behuniak focused on several key reasons why the Commissioners should partner with Skyway Towers, including the obvious improvement to community wireless coverage, the enhancement to current municipal communications such as emergency responders, and the revenue generated for the City.

  • City Resolution 293 supports museum

    Last week the City Commission unanimously passed Resolution 293 supporting the “continued opening” of Cedar Key Museum State Park.

    The resolution states that the museum’s status as a tourism attraction that draws needed commerce to the area as well as the entertainment that it gives community members justifies keeping it open.

    "[I]n these difficult economic times, the City cannot afford to lose any tourist attraction," states the resolution.

  • Rescue boat arrives in Cedar Key

    The Cedar Key Fire Department welcomed its newest addition last week with the arrival of Marine 75, a boat that will be used to rescue people on the water and fight coastline fires, according to Fire Chief Robert Robinson.

    “We’ve been trying to get a boat for ten years,” Robinson said. “This will be great for our community.”

  • Cedar Key Museum faces possible closing

    To locals, it’s a major visitors’ attraction but to the state of Florida, it’s one of 19 state parks that doesn’t draw enough revenue to keep it open.

    The Cedar Key Museum has been proposed to temporarily close public access by the Department of Environmental Protection Division of Recreation and Parks.

    The proposal comes in the midst of the state’s current budget crisis. Gov. Charlie Crist has asked all state agencies to submit plans to reduce annual operating budgets by up to 10 percent.

  • Cedar Key Chamber petitions Crist to keep Museum

    Last week the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce petitioned Governor Charlie Crist to take Cedar Key Museum State Park off of the list of possible state park closures in a letter dated Nov. 25.

    The letter cited the museum’s educational value and popularity with both residents and visitors.

    “This small museum is a focus point of the community of Cedar Key. It is extremely popular with both visitors and locals alike and is excellent for teaching children about the long history of this area and also the natural history,” it stated.

  • Airport homes to get fire hydrants

    Approximately 50 homes in the unincorporated area near the Cedar Key airport Lewis Landing Field will soon have access to fire hydrants. The eight-inch pipe was delivered Monday and work is scheduled to begin next week.

    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.

  • Cemetery Point Park will be more accessible

    With the permit process nearly complete, work is expected to begin this month at Cemetery Point Park to make the public facility compliant with ADA requirements.

    ADA, which stands for Americans with Disabilities Act, guarantees by law equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, governmental services, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications.

  • Roadwork begins Monday

    Paving contractor, Art Walker Construction, Inc. will be setting up to resurface streets in Cedar Key between Monday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Dec.1. Phase I calls for the work to begin on Hodges and Gulf Boulevard, starting on the west end of Hodges at Watson Circle and working down to Whiddon Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. The duration of the project is approximately three months. Affected Streets: Hodges, Andrews Circle, Gulf Boulevard (to the intersection of Whiddon), East Point Rd. (City owned East end), Cemetery, Indiana Ave., Ingleside Place, Paroda Ave.