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  • 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.

  • Teresa Watson gets FEMA to cough up money for Cedar Key Dock

    BRONSON — Teresa Watson is not the sort of person you should owe a debt.

    She will collect the money.

    The Board of Commissioners recently commended Watson, a financial clerk in Levy County Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp’s office, on Jan. 6 for getting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to agree to cover cost overruns at the Cedar Key dock rebuilding. The dock, which was reopened in July 2008, was damaged by tropical storms and hurricanes in the devastating 2004 Hurricane Season. The dock had to be replaced with a new stronger concrete structure.

  • God and politics blamed in firing

    Newly minted Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says he fired a veteran employee on his first day in office because he did not have confidence or trust in her, but two leaders in the Tri-County NAACP said he told them God directed him to do it.

    And they think the reason is a little less divine — that Barker traded a promise to fire her in return for votes to help him win the office in the November election.

  • Rosewood home destroyed by fire

    The Cedar Key Fire Department responded to a single-wide mobile home fire in Rosewood Monday afternoon.

    No one was hurt and several animals were rescued.

    A combination of the fire department’s quick 11 minute response time, drizzling rain, and a closed bedroom door kept one room from burning.

    The rest of the home was a total loss.

    Shannon Random returned from walking her dogs to find the house filled with smoke. Her father, who is 79 years old and uses oxygen, was at a neighbor’s home at the time, she said.

  • CRA update

    Roadwork

    Finish grading of the new road base has started along Hodges and Andrews Circle in preparation of asphalt paving later this month and February. Reconstruction has started on Gulf Boulevard and there will be one lane of traffic this month and next. Many of the side streets off Gulf Blvd. are being prepared for paving and will be paved in February.

    Goose Cove Water Main

  • Rusty pipes, garbage billing top agenda for CKWSD

    Rusty pipes and city garbage collection were the top items of discussion Monday night at the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District monthly meeting.

    CRA Director Greg Lang presented the CKWSD Board with a sample of 80-year-old pipe found last month under historic 2nd Street and offered possible solutions to address the issue.