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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • Thank You

    Some decades back, I arrived in the Cedar Keys not really sure where I was going. A new company was in my mind and I needed a place without hustle and bustle to relax, think and plan. Heading north up the west coast of Florida on Route Nineteen, I turned left on any hard surfaced road looking for the Gulf of Mexico. Known even then by the nickname “Trouble”, I crossed Number Four Bridge after an arduous drive from nowhere onto the Cedar Keys, miles out in the Gulf.

  • No time to retire

    Thanksgiving is over and now it is off to Christmas. Before you know it, it will be New Year’s Day. Where did all the time go?

    Funny how your mind works, but twenty years ago I never envisioned living in the year 2009. Actually, I never envisioned being over sixty-years-old… but here I am and I’m still not retired.

    Several years ago I looked forward to the day I could retire. Hah, that didn’t happen. I must have been having pipe dreams, thinking I could retire at age sixty-two.

  • 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.

  • Food Bank hungry for volunteers

    In 2002 a Mission Committee of the Cedar Key United Methodist Church invited representatives from other churches as well as community members to identify a need for assistance. Everyone agreed that the need was local and the Food Pantry was born.

    Housed in the new Faith Center Building of the Cedar Key UMC on 2nd St., the Food Pantry is supported by a cross section of the community: part time and full time residents, area churches, local businesses, civic organizations, Cedar Key School, public agencies, and the proceeds of festival bake sales.

  • 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.

  • Thanksgiving Day

    It was Thanksgiving Day ’45. The war was toning down. Germany had ceased combat operations in Europe. Japan had surrendered unconditionally in the Pacific. Those Americans who had left as boys not that long back were returning as men. In most eyes, they were all heroes.

    Holidays for some months and years had been meager affairs. The men were off at war. All told, the United States had sent over ten million to war. They were trickling back.

  • 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.