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Today's Opinions

  • As seasons change, so do the crops

    Perhaps some of my readers are wondering what is planted in the warm season gardens here. Upon entering through the gates you will notice these gardens have “Karma,” a red bell pepper. This in itself, should make a person “Jolly,” a yellow bell pepper. After a short stroll you might look at the soil and spot a “Little Gem,” a dark green romaine lettuce.

  • Conservation Corner - April 02

     OK Cedar Key – Let’s take the challenge! 

  • Successive planting results in vegetables high in vitamins and minerals

    There is no doubt that spring has sprung in Cedar Key. It would surely seem that those cold fronts from the north no longer require winter clothing to stay warm. Spring is springing up here in the gardens as well, with sun flowers, zinnias and cucumbers breaking through the soil. As of this writing, 1,000 feet of row has been planted by hand with five days gone to show for it. With around 750 transplants planted and numerous seeds carefully placed in the rows, I need a few days off to recover.

  • Conservation Corner - April 09

    Plastic Recycling 101

    What Plastics can be recycled?

    In Cedar Key plastics (1-7) can be recycled. They do not have to be separated by number or separated from glass, paper or metal recyclables when they are placed in the recycling trailer. The numeric codes 1-7 are generally found on the bottom of the containers and surrounded by the recycling triangle of arrows. If your eyes have trouble finding these numbers, it is generally safe to assume it is recyclable in Cedar Key if is a rigid plastic.

  • Conservation Corner - April 09

    Plastic Recycling 101

    What Plastics can be recycled?

    In Cedar Key plastics (1-7) can be recycled. They do not have to be separated by number or separated from glass, paper or metal recyclables when they are placed in the recycling trailer. The numeric codes 1-7 are generally found on the bottom of the containers and surrounded by the recycling triangle of arrows. If your eyes have trouble finding these numbers, it is generally safe to assume it is recyclable in Cedar Key if is a rigid plastic.

  • Celebrate Earth Day, explore Florida

    On a glorious sunny Florida day this past weekend, as a gentle breeze swayed the pines and a swallow-tailed kite glided overhead, I watched my seven-year-old son and his close friend ignore me at every opportunity. We were visiting a Nature Conservancy preserve and I was telling them, in my best child-friendly professorial voice, all about the importance to the ecosystem of gopher tortoise burrows and how prescribed fire had prepared the land for the reintroduction of red-cockaded woodpeckers.

  • Ask a Lawyer

    R.P. of Old Town asks, “My wife of 14 years has run off with another man, leaving me with all of the bills and all of the kids. She took everything with her, except for a retirement account she had from where she last worked. How can I prevent her from closing that account and taking all the money out? I’m entitled to half of that, aren’t I? She is no longer a resident of the state of Florida and now lives in another state.”

    Dear R.P.;

  • Conservation Corner - March 19

    Some additional tips for REDUCING as the first step in Recycling