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  • 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.

  • Shell Mound gets new signs from Refuge Hunters

    The Shell Mound Unit of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, just minutes away from Cedar Key, has a new entrance kiosk as well as new trailhead kiosks, thanks to the volunteerism of long-time Refuge sportsmen. A bulletin board with fishing information will be installed at the pier in 2009. Just up County Road 347 more educational signs are posted on the Refuge Nature Drive.

  • CKS makes nation’s top high schools list

    For the second year in a row Cedar Key School was named one of the best high schools in the nation. The US News and World Report placed CKS in the bronze category for academic performance.

    “Our faculty and staff work very hard to be conscientious about providing an excellent education covering the Sunshine State Standards, and beyond that, providing enrichment,” Principal Sue Ice said.

  • Cedar Key Garden Club works to eliminate Brazilian Pepper

    Last week marked the Cedar Key Garden Club’s season kick off for eradicating Brazilian Pepper on the islands, a project entering its 11th year.

    Since 1998, club members have been striving to rid Cedar Key of the noxious plant by meeting once a week December through April to pull, cut, and treat it with herbicide.

  • 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.