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  • 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.

  • Bob Hastings sworn in as school superintendent

    Robert “Bob” Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, making history as the first Republican elected to a countywide office.

    “We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children,” Hastings said. “We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future.”

  • Morrison resigns from SBLC

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor. 

     

  • CRA OKs Whiddon Ave. safety study

    Last week the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency approved a traffic and school safety proposal for Whiddon Ave., allowing for a field review of existing conditions. Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc. will perform the review and conduct an analysis of Whiddon, H St., 8th St, and Cedar Key School. The review is scheduled to begin immediately and will cost the CRA approximately $14,000. HPE will provide a written report of findings and present its recommendations for improvement to the city. In 2003, Whiddon Ave.

  • The unkindest cuts of all

    Harold McCain is lucky. A re-evaluation of his handicap and cuts to his Medicaid-funded services almost resulted in his being denied daily transportation to the LARC (Levy Association for Retarded Citizens) adult day training center in Otter Creek.

    "Oh, that would have been terrible," said Harold's mother, Thelma McCain of Cedar Key. "He hardly ever skips a day, even when he's sick, because he's afraid he'll miss something."