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  • Social Security Questions

    By Alice Moses-Turner
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville, Fl
    Question: What is the earliest age that I can apply for
    Social Security retirement benefits?
    Answer:

    If you want benefits to begin at age 62 — the earliest age
    you can receive reduced retirement benefits, you must be at
    least 61 years and 9 months of age to apply. Keep in mind
    your benefits will be reduced so evaluate your options carefully
    before you decide when to retire, Even if you are not

  • Conservation Corner

    Four of Cedar Key’s lodging establishments, Seahorse Landing, Island Place, Park Place and Faraway Inn, made the time and investment to be certified by Florida’s DEP as a Green Lodging.  This voluntary initiative designates and recognizes lodging establishments that make a commitment to conservation and protection of Florida’s natural resources.  The program consists of environmental guidelines designed for the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to improve environmental performance.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Our friend Mack

    Mr. Mack was a lot of things to a lot of people. We all knew him as a mainstay of the Cedar Keys.

    His works are all over the Keys; his abilities, many; his heart, stern, though warm.

    He leaves a legacy for the archives of the town. You can't help but note the heavy yellow equipment that speckled the land on which he worked, the place he called his shop, to your right on your way out of town.

    His living went a long way toward building what we now know as Cedar Key. And his passing leaves a hole, a void, not soon to be filled.

  • Reflections: Who's the best choice for the job?

    Everyone's eyes are on the candidates. What is it going to be, the Republicans or the Democrats?

    I have no qualms about saying I'm a Democrat but I am also not beneath voting Republican if I thought a Republican candidate was better. However, in this case I emphatically favor the Democrats for both President and Vice President.

    I am a little worried, though. My neighborhood is riddled with McCain - Palin posters. It seems where I live most people are registered Republicans.

  • Fishing Lines: Grouper and mackerel and reds, oh my!

    Finally the wind subsided and the boat ramp was busy with offshore vessels during the pre-dawn hours this past weekend. I didn't get a chance to talk, but I saw The "Sandy Gail" unload a lot of gag and red grouper Saturday and Sunday. So my bet is that the fall grouper bite is in full gear. Many of our offshore guides have openings in their schedule so give them a call and get in on the good weather and good fishing.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Wild Bill is back in town

    A few days past, Wild Bill came back to town. We've talked of Wild Bill before though that's been many years back. His boat is the Creek Runner out of Inglis where Bill and Katie live. Bill's had the boat about twenty years. The Creek Runner was a shrimper that Bill converted to a sponger. And later, he reconverted it to a shrimper that could be used for sponging, or maybe the other way around. No matter. It's now used only as a sponge boat.

  • Reflections: Rebuild the government from the ground up

    My work companions and I do it every day. We talk about the world's problems and then we solve them. Our conclusions are very convincing if those who count, would only listen.

  • Cedar Key bids farewell to pastor David (

    David Binkley, the Cedar Key Church of Christ's pastor, and his wife Galina are moving away after living and serving in Cedar Key for seven years. Members of the church organized a farewell reception for the Binkleys where locals gathered to say goodbye to the couple who has done so much for the Cedar Key community. While working with the Church of Christ, the Binkleys initiated several new outreach programs, one of which was a daily morning bible study.

  • Reflections: Regrets? Just the one

    Sometimes we do things, even unintentionally that we regret. It just proves how infallible we all really are. This weekend I did something I regret, and it was not intentional.

    A friend and I went fishing off Cedar Key last weekend and we had a great time. Afterwards when we got back to shore, we decided to take in one of the fine restaurants there. It was late and by the time we cleaned up the boat and got home, it would have been way past dinner time. Eating out at one of Cedar Key's great restaurants made sense.

  • Fishing Lines: When all hope is lost, Reds come through

    Still not many reports from offshore as strong east winds have made offshore fishing uncomfortable. My best guess is that as the days get shorter the fish come in closer, especially down by Crystal River and Homosassa. The King mackerel fishing has been so poor all year that I do not expect any kind of a run this fall. I would love to be wrong however.