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Today's News

  • 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.

  • City Resolution 293 supports museum

    Last week the City Commission unanimously passed Resolution 293 supporting the “continued opening” of Cedar Key Museum State Park.

    The resolution states that the museum’s status as a tourism attraction that draws needed commerce to the area as well as the entertainment that it gives community members justifies keeping it open.

    "[I]n these difficult economic times, the City cannot afford to lose any tourist attraction," states the resolution.

  • A touch of glass

    Donna Tanck once took a stained glass art class that changed her life and that of her husband, Dave. Donna recalled that while she and Dave were restoring an old house in Minnesota where they lived for 17 years, she wanted to learn how to create a stained glass window to complement the design of the house.

    They sold the house and moved before the window was made but Donna fell in love with glass and never looked back.

  • Seeds or transplants?

    To choose or not to choose, that is the question! There are a number of factors to consider between seeds and transplants. The main consideration is how well a plant will survive the transplant process. In other words: transplant-ability. Some plants could care less, such as broccoli, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and cauliflower. Other vegetables such as carrot, English and Southern peas, beans, melons and turnips have a hard time surviving transplant.

  • 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.