Workforce Connection to help staff laid off by fire

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Mobile unit coming to Cedar Key on Thursday

By The Staff

Workers displaced by last week's fire at the Rusty Rim and Coconuts restaurants will be getting a helping hand when Workforce Connection brings its mobile unit to the Cedar Key Public Library on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Laura Byrnes, spokeswoman for CLM Workforce said, "It's staff supported and has satellite internet and you can do anything with job searching."

Byrnes could not say what specific help the locally-operated agency coupld provide for the mostly part-time workers, but she said they should come in to find out what is available to them because the services are free.

"Workforce is ready to to help out the job seeker and stands ready, willing and able to assist at no charge to any of the job seekers or the restaurants' owners," Byrnes said. "Our services are provided at no charge."

Workforce has been working on aiding the workers since being notified shortly after the fire and has been in contactwith Mayor Heath Davis whose family owns the fire-damaged building and the restaurant's owner Paul Rimavicus.

The two restaurants were damaged by an early morning fire on Thursday, Jan. 26. Most of the damage was confined to the top floor which was the location of the Rusty Rim, Rimavicus said.

The restaurant owner said Coconuts, which is housed on the lower floor, suffered very little damage and he hopes to reopen it after some repairs are complete.