Governor Rick Scott dealt a setback to the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District’s efforts to raise money for the new water treatment plant when he vetoed $300,000 that the Legislature had put in the 2015-2016 budget to help fund the project. The veto was warranted, the Governor said, because there was insufficient statewide benefit arising from the appropriation.
The need for the new water treatment plant arises out of the saltwater intrusion problem that occurred during the summer of 2012. Although the District’s wellfield is currently clear of saltwater, it is likely that saltwater will return in the future. This likelihood, and the fact that the District’s water treatment plant is now almost 50 years old, leads to the need to build an new, modern treatment plant to serve Cedar Key into the future.
The new plant is currently in the design phase, with the estimated cost at somewhere between 5 and 6 million dollars. The District is looking at all possible sources of state and federal funding to help with this cost, and has to date received grants and commitments totaling almost $2 million. The treatment plant design work is being funded by a State grant, and a prior legislative appropriation of $400,000 is being used to design and construct a new well at the District’s wellfield on SR 24. The balance of the funds needed for the plant will come from a combination of grants and loans from the federal Rural Development Agency.
The more grant money the District can raise, the less the District will need to borrow, and the lower the District will be able to keep water rates in the future. The vetoed $300,000 was part of the District’s effort to raise grant funds to keep rates as low as possible. The District will continue its efforts to raise grant funds for the project, and would like to express its gratitude to our state legislative delegation, Senator Charlie Dean and Representative Charles Stone, for their support over the last two legislative sessions.
CALL TO ARTISTS
July 24, 2015
Any medium may be featured, but use a jpg of the item for design which will be featured on our poster, tee-shirts, and postcards as a promotion for next year’s event.
Questions? Amy Gernhardt 352 215 2096
Suwannee Valley Players are proud to announce the upcoming production of their Summer Youth show of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” opening this Friday, July 24 and running through August 2.
Concocted from the actual zany and oddly wise things that kids under the age of 12 have said, this rollicking entertainment covers all the bases: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "How did your mommy and daddy fall in love?" "Do you have any pets … brothers … sisters … secret ambitions?" "What would you say to the president?" It is filled with the innocent wisdom that comes out of the "mouths of babes" and reminds us to look at the world with a kid's view. It is based on the hilarious best-selling book Kids Say the Darndest Things by Art Linkletter, inspired by the TV show House Party which ran 26 years, hosted by Mr. Linkletter. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” is produced with special arrangements with the Dramatic Publishing Co., Woodstock, Illinois.
Get your tickets now for this season’s youth production by visiting one of our ticket outlets, The Gathering Table in Chiefland or The Point of View in Fanning springs, or you can visit the box office at the Chief Theater during our new hours on July 21st and 22nd from 6-7 pm. You can call Ms. Becky Gill and reserve tickets and seating as well – 352-443-9096. Shows start on show dates at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday’s! Hope to see you all at the Chief!
We are excited to announce the Call for Artist of the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Program. The Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence, AiR, program was created by a partnership among the Cedar Key Arts Center, the Seahorse Marine Laboratory, and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge to provide visual artists the opportunity to create art inspired by Seahorse Key and the surrounding National Wildlife Refuge. Seahorse Key is located in the Big Bend in northwest Florida.
The deadline for application has been extended to August 15, 2015.
Visit http://cedarkeyartscenter.org/AiR/ for Program information and a link to the application.
There is a Jury Fee of $25 upon submission of your online application, payable through PayPal.
Please, contact us with any questions or concerns to the committee.
Respectfully - SKAiR Committee
The following is a note from Paul Rimavicus’ son Robert.
At 2:47 pm today July 18th 2015, my dad Paul Albert Rimavicus finally laid to rest after a grueling 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. Tough as nails, generous to a fault, and a true leader in any arena he entered...his love, guidance, and enthusiasm for life will be missed deeply by myself, my mother, his brother, and all those lives that were fortunate enough to be part of his.
Services for Paul A Rimavicus will be held at the Black Dog Tavern this WEDSDAY JULY 22nd at 11 am at 360 Dock St, Cedar Key, FL 32625. 706-248-2110.
This is a beautiful rustic establishment over the water on the Gulf, and is the original location of our bar Cedar Key Coconuts. Dad was not a church goer, and did not even particularly want a service, but this will honor him well and we encourage all to attend as we celebrate his life.
Note: As of Sunday evening, the celebration's location has been changed to the Island Hotel.
Most flowering plants fall into one of two categories—annual or perennial. An annual is defined as a plant that goes from seed to flower to seed in one season, and then dies. A perennial dies back, but regrows again the following year from the same root or bulb system. These definitions get a little muddy when you live in a paradise like Cedar Key where you seldom get a hard freeze that signals an end to the growing season.
Annuals generally require very little care beyond watering. They’re not around long enough to need fertilization, they seldom need pruning (with the exception of deadheading—see below), and they’re gone by the first chance of frost. That makes them ideal for the part-year resident, or someone who just isn’t “into” gardening.
Annual plants are inexpensive because they’re easy to grow and since they don’t last very long, retailers want to move them quickly. You can often get a flat of annuals for what you would pay for a single pot of a perennial.
I like annuals because I can time them for maximum bloom, vary the display, and change my mind. I either grow or buy petunias for a prominent flower box to be at their showiest around the Arts Festival in March or April. By the end of June those petunias are done. I could grow petunias again, but I usually go with portulaca (also called moss roses) because they don’t mind hot weather. If the portulaca are still looking okay when my mood changes, I may move them to a different flowerbox and opt for some fall colors from marigolds and zinnias in time for the Seafood Festival. It’s all very affordable because annuals are so inexpensive.
What do I mean by “looking okay”? When an annual has completed its task (produced seed for the next season), the plant tends to get woody or leggy, and stops producing blooms. You can prolong the season by “deadheading”; when a bloom is spent and wilting, pick it. With coleus, as soon as the flower appears, nip it. The spent blooms or flowers send a chemical message to the plant to stop producing, so if you thwart the messenger, the plant keeps going a while longer.
You may have a flower bed of an annual like portulaca or coreopsis that comes back year after year without replanting. Another characteristic of annuals is they produce a lot of seeds. What you’re seeing is the seed from the previous generation coming up. If you like the display this year, either harvest the seeds and save them for next season or try not to disturb the soil when you pull out the dead plants.
So why did I say living in a climate like Cedar Key muddies the definitions a bit? I have petunias, portulacas and dianthus (also called pinks) that are in their second year and looking fine. I consulted The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design (http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/FYN_Plant_Selection_Guide_v090110.pdf), and found the notation under petunia “can be grown as perennial in South Florida” and I noticed almost all the plants in the “annual” section of the book are listed again in the “perennial” section.
My advice is enjoy annuals for what they are: showy, inexpensive, easy to grow, and low maintenance. If they last longer than one growing season, consider it a bonus.
The next time you climb into your car in the afternoon and the seats and the steering wheel are just slightly cooler than a fully-fired charcoal grill, think of it as a reminder that it’s a good time to donate blood.
Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.
In about the time it would take to shop for groceries for a week or knock out a crossword puzzle a blood donor can save a life.
Donors are asked to eat a healthy meal, particularly breakfast, and drink plenty of fluids before donating. All donors will receive a special recognition T-shirt and a complimentary cholesterol screening. Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and show a valid photo I.D. at the time of donation. Sixteen year old donors must have written parental consent to donate. For more information, call toll-free (888) 795-2707.
Laurel Wilt disease has arrived in Cedar Key with deadly results to our beautiful Bay trees. A homeowner on Fourth Street said that their tree died within three weeks of noticing some wilted leaves. That is the second tree to die on Fourth Street from the disease.
This disease has devastated Bay trees and avocado trees in Texas and Florida. Many people mistake a Bay tree for a Live Oak tree as they are very large and similar in appearance. The disease spreads quickly and easily by the Ambrosia beetle. The beetle boars into the tree to lay its eggs. The eggs live off a fungus that is carried in the mouth of the beetle and introduced into a healthy tree. The fungus grows quickly and blocks the vascular system of the tree preventing it from absorbing water, thereby wilting and dying.
There is a preventative treatment using a fungicide (Alamo) that is injected into the roots and lower trunk of the tree. In trials, it is shown to prevent the disease for 12-14 months. That means retreatment every year.
If you are interested in treating your tree, I have the micro injection equipment as I am treating the tree at Seahorse Landing before it show signs of wilt. You can call me for more information at 543-5860.
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Carol McQueen, Director of Levy County Visitors Bureau and Levy County Tourist Development Council, has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Industry Relations Committee.
“Representing Levy County on a state level allows me the opportunity to promote our rural area and to lobby for better ways to market our region.” McQueen said.
She has represented Levy County through several Visit Florida appointments over the past ten years, with this recent appointment, two years as Vice Chair of the Promotions Committee, several years on the Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Committee and as a Board of Director for two terms.
The Industry Relations Committee serves as the primary source of industry feedback and counsel on strategic matters related to industry communication and engagement. Florida’s tourism industry is critical to the success of VISIT FLORIDA and to establishing Florida as the No. 1 destination in the world.
This year’s Industry Relations will be chaired by Terry Prather of SeaWorld, with other committee members represented from Marineland, Bush Gardens, Florida Association of Museums, Visit Tampa Bay, Visit Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Visit Florida is the official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation and can be accessed through www.VisitFlorida.org for a complete list of committees and appointments.
The Cedar Key School cheerleader fundraiser held this Monday at Robinson’s Seafood was a wonderful success consummately supported by the Cedar Key community en masse. The goal was to raise enough money to purchase new uniforms and to attend camp.
Approximately four hundred meals were sold Monday evening; five hundred would have fully accomplished the goal.
If you are able to help, please drop by the school to do so. All donations are graciously and warmly received.
School’s out, but testing continues at True Path Karate in Chiefland. Several promotions over the past two weeks have many parents proud and karate students holding their heads high. Instructor John Lohde soon to leave for training with the Grand Master in Okinawa again, wanted to promote his senior students before his departure.
“I don’t give away belt promotions; these kids had to work hard to gain rank by sparring, entering local tournaments, and attending class regularly”, said Lohde.
Interested in keeping your student active and fit this summer? Stop by True Path Karate 206-N Main, next to the Chiefland Gym.
Wayne Walker Martin, 62, of Bronson, Florida, passed away on June 28, 2015, at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Martin was born on November 11, 1952, in Neosho, Missouri. Wayne moved to Florida and worked as a general contractor and as the building inspector for the Levy County Board of Commissioners for many years. Wayne loved to build and tinker with things, fishing, skydiving, and especially enjoyed riding his Harley Davidsons.