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Today's Opinions

  • ‘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.

  • Small island – long history

    By TONI C. COLLINS

  • Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant

    The City of Cedar Key received the Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant with a goal of increasing energy efficiency for our city facilities, businesses and residents. An important part of the grant is the Educational Outreach Program which the City asked the Energy Advisory Panel (EAP) to develop and implement. Some parts of this educational program are required by the grant but it was left to the EAP to devise programs that fulfill the grant’s requirements. So the following is what we have come up with.

  • 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.

  • Editorial Toon for April 19
  • Cattle killed by train at the Waccasassa River

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    A hearing was held before the County Court of Levy County on May 7, 1877, on the case filed by Willis R. Medlin against the Atlantic, Gulf and West India Transit Company Railroad.
    At issue was the recovery of the cost of one cow and one four-year-old steer killed at the Waccasassa River trestle by the locomotive of a train traveling to Bronson from the Cedar Keys.