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Letters

  • Does not agree with airboat argument

    In response to Mr. Wilson’s response in your May 3, 2012 edition: Mr. Wilson is wrong on all accounts.
    1) The vast majority of fishermen in the area get along just fine without an airboat, including clam farmers who mostly use the “Bird Dog”, a boat designed for net fishing and is propelled by an outboard motor.
    2) Comparing Airboats to a farm is ridiculous. If Mr. Freeman had moved next to a farm, he should expect farm related activities. But, having to lie awake half the night listening to an airboat was surely unexpected.

  • ‘Airboat abomination’ response

    Just a brief response to Mr. Freeman from New Jersey.
    On the island you purchased property on and apparently liked enough to do so, the airboat is and has been a vital, even essential, part of the fishing industry. Due to the shallow waters that make up this ecosystem, the crab and mullet fisherman and even the clam farmers find their airboat is the only usable boat.
    I have seen subdivisions built out in the country to enjoy the rural lifestyle then some petition to move the farms that surround them due to noise or aroma.

  • Thanks to Mandy Cassiano

    After serving three years as the director of the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Mandy Cassiano is moving on to new adventures. Those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Mandy over the years gathered together on Sunday evening in the garden of the Island Hotel to acknowledge and applaud her good works and service to the community.

  • An ode to Connie Raftis

    How time goes by so quickly, and I just found out today you passed away, Connie. I can still remember like yesterday flying you in my airplane over Cedar Key while we spread your father’s ashes over the water, and that very bouncy landing on Cedar Key’s very short runway. And I remember with fondness the kiss we shared just before Mike passed away. Old Salty brought us together alright – not only when he died but when he made you the editor of the Cedar Key Beacon as well.

  • A response to the Chamber

    Permit me to comment on the recent letter from the Chamber of Commerce vis-a-vis my campaign statement urging the City of Cedar Key to stop the Chamber subsidy.  My thinking was as follows:  the City bought the Creswell House in 2008 for $330,000, and renovated it in 2010 for use as a Welcome Center at a cost of $67,807.  The City’s investment was thus $397,807.

  • Chamber stands on its own

    We, the Board of the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, are writing this letter to address a statement made in a recent advertisement in the Cedar Key News. The statement was made that the City Of Cedar Key should stop subsidizing the Chamber of Commerce at the expense of the city and its residents  We would like to present the facts to you about how the Welcome Center was established and the service this business organization provides to our community

  • Airboat noise is an nuisance

    I am not a resident of Cedar Key, but I am a property owner and therefore a taxpayer. I am just finishing a six-week stay here in Cedar Key.
    Abomination is a strong word not to be used lightly, but it is a just description of the noise and disruption caused by airboats running close to the populated areas of the city. The amount of noise has increased since last year. Not only is it a great disturbance to the people but also to the wildlife. The city should establish a ban on airboats within a mile of the populated areas.

  • Organic lemon has bee die-off

    We have a seven-year-old Meyer lemon tree that has been grown organically for the last five years and experienced the same die-off of its pollinators as Barbara Robbie Blake wrote about in her “Take care when buying plants” letter in your March 22 edition.

  • Buyers should beware

    Dear Editor,

  • Cedar Key - a friendly and caring community

    This letter to the editor is to give a big “Thank you,” to the gentlemen from Pennsylvania and Arkansas in the ebay/Patty Ann and to the persons on shore who alerted them when my kayak sprang a leak on the way to Atsena Otie.
    Without your reserve, I would have been in the water and my kayak at the bottom. Thank you for your timely and generous help.
    Thank you, too, to the 911 operator, Cedar Key Police and Fire and Rescue, and anyone else who responded so quickly.