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  • CRA places hold on $2 million for Water District

    After much discussion and disagreement, the Community Redevelopment Agency Board, made up by the city commissioners, voted Tuesday night to put a hold on the  $2 million previously committed to the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Phase II projects.

  • Ecotourism can help business owners

     Eco-based Tourism, for all intents and purposes, is a relatively new concept.

    Built around the idea of a ‘traveler’, not a ‘tourist’, Eco-based Tourism (or EBT) focuses less on the man-made attractions of an area and more on the beauty offered by nature.

    In 2006, more than 4.2 million Florida Residents chose not to spend their summer vacation money at a theme park, but rather on one of the thousands of nature-based attractions throughout the state.

  • Firefighters provide Vials of L.I.F.E.

    The Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue department is kicking off the new year with an easy and practical life-saving public service.

    Vial of L.I.F.E. (Life Saving Information for Emergencies) gives residents a way to provide critical information to first responders in the event of an emergency.

  • Levy CFCC to hold free symposium on Nature-Based Tourism

    Central Florida Community College will explore the business of nature in a free symposium on Monday, Feb. 2 in Chiefland. Business owners and prospective entrepreneurs are invited to “Nature-Based Tourism and Your Business” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CFCC Levy Center, 114 Rogers Blvd., Chiefland.

  • Eco-Friendly islanders harness the sun

    Last week the Andersons became the first Cedar Keyans to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint by installing solar panels to their home on 4th Street.

    “The whole idea of living sustainably has long appealed to us,” Pat said. “We want to do our part.”

    Carolyn has always been an avid recycler, Pat said, and for him sustainability and conservation was imprinted at an early age. “My grandma fussed at me all the time for standing with the refrigerator door open.”

  • Red Cross also responds to personal disasters

    When people think of Red Cross volunteers and disaster support, what usually comes to mind are hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes, said Ian Dyar, Emergency Services Director of the American Red Cross North Central Florida Chapter.

    “But single family house fires are disasters, too,” he said.

    The Red Cross takes individual disasters seriously and responds just as actively to them as it does to large scale disasters.

  • Cedar Key 2008

    January

    Publisher Dale Bowen announces that the Cedar Key Beacon, along with Chiefland Citizen and Williston Pioneer, are up for sale.

    Cedar Key Sharks celebrate Homecoming.

    February

    Astronomers and gazers converge on the islands for the Cedar Key Star Party.

    Sagging floors and a minor sewage leak invade City Hall.

    Tri-County Hospital unveils first drawing. The hospital will offer Cedar Key residents much closer access to medical care.

  • Tin Canners converge on Islands

    More than 40 Tin Can Tourists arrived in vintage motor homes or pulled classic travel trailers to spend the weekend at Sunset Isle RV Park and Motel in Cedar Key.

    “It’s a fun little gathering. You‘ve got a nice town. We enjoy coming,” said Bob Kilpatrick of Cross Creek, dressed in a Gator Booster cap and a “Have camper, will travel” t-shirt.

  • Local Writer Opens Law Office in Cedar Key

    Pierce Kelley has been keeping a full schedule lately.

    Since the start of the year he has opened a new law office and released Asleep at the Wheel, his latest novel.

    The new office at 3011 D Street in the old Cactus Rose Coffee Shop specializes in family law and consumer protection matters like deceptive lending practices in mortgages and credit cards. As a former associate at Three Rivers Legal in Gainesville he hopes to use his vast experience to assist residents of Cedar Key with their legal matters.

  • Lutterloh looks like a movie set

    With only the front façade and a partial outside wall still standing, the Lutterloh Building now looks like something from an old film set.

    “I’ve been asked more than once by people walking by if we’re making a movie here,” Don Padgett said with a laugh.

    The movie set look, however, will not last long.

    The current restoration of the Historic Lutterloh Building in downtown Cedar Key is on time, said Padgett, the Project Superintendent for Anglin Construction.