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  • 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.

  • New legislative office opens in Chiefland

    State Representative Leonard Bembry (D-Greenville) has announced the opening of a satellite office in House District 10.

    The district office will be located at 23 Southeast 2nd Avenue in Chiefland. It will be housed in the old train depot that has been restored. The office will be staffed with a full time district secretary who will assist constituents in Dixie, Levy, Alachua, and Columbia counties.

  • Workers break ground on a ground-breaking project

    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.

  • City losing thousands in unpaid garbage debts

    Current and delinquent garbage collection bills were discussed by the Cedar Key City Commission last month. A variety of possible solutions were proposed including coupling the fee with property taxes so that landlords assume responsibility, contracting with a private collection agency, placement of liens on property and publishing the names of residents who owe money.