LUKENS UPDATE MAY 2, 2016
As some focus upon the Suwannee River Water Management Distract’s management regarding the Lukens Tract, others focus upon Levy County’s issuance of building permits to Topping for his property at Lukens.
Below you will find Dr. Marguerite VanLandingham’s challenge to Levy County for issuing a permit to Topping to build a home on the Lukens Tract.
Following those cogent arguments is Levy County Development Department Director William Hammond’s response to VanLandingham.
Following his response is VanLandingham’s one-page synopsis of Hammond’s arguments and their counter arguments.CLICK HERE FOR CHALLENGE
Members of the Cedar Key’s fledgling Audubon Society met with Tiffany Black of the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) and Dr. Savannah Barry University of Florida biologist on Thursday to discuss how to better serve injured birds in Cedar Key. City of Cedar Key Commissioner Sue Colson foresees the success of such a program emanating from a partnership between the City and County, with participation also from the Audubon, the FWC and the U of F Biological Station currently operating here in town as well as on Seahorse Key.
Short term goals include the posting of signage explaining what to do if a bird is hooked by a fish hook or is otherwise in need of medical attention. In addition, Audubon Society president Bill Rucker stressed the importance of creating a volunteer list, where locals could assist trained professionals in the rescue and transportation of injured fowl. Also in the works is a training program for those interested in how to approach and handle the birds.
To an audience of well over seventy people, Doug Maple presented “Cedar Key Shore Birds” on Thursday, April 21, at the Cedar Key Library. The newly formed Cedar Keys Chapter of the National Audubon Society hosted the event which focused upon Cedar Key’s population of migratory shorebirds and other birds commonly found here. Many of Maple’s incredibly beautiful photographs were taken by Frank Morgan.
Maple’s discussion presented many interesting observations to the novice birder and many opportunities to identify birds for the expert birder. Helpful information for the novice included Maple commenting that the Cedar Key area has fewer birds than in prior years. Some 70% of the shore birds seen in the Cedar Keys nest in the Arctic tundra. When and where birds are seen depends upon the tides: at low tides, birds are out on the flats feeding upon all the critters that live in the sand and shallow waters; on high tides, they rest, sleep and preen. Maple, responding to a question about why so many birds are seen hopping on one leg, said, “It’s a bird thing.” Most, indeed, have two legs, but they frequently hop on one, he explained.
In addition to the Jane Veltkamp’s raptor presentation, Doug Maple’s Cedar Key Shire Birds presentation, and hosting the Alachua Audubon group here, the Cedar Keys Audubon Chapter is keeping busy providing some consummately useful, meaningful services to the community.
President Bill Rucker outlined the chapter’s efforts in his visits to Cedar Key organizations this past several weeks. An abbreviated description of these efforts follow.
Leslie Sturmer, a shellfish specialist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, presented the third program in the “Think Water, Think Cedar Key”* initiative on Saturday morning, April 23, at the Cedar Key Library; her talk was titled “Water for Industry.”
With her Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina State University and her Master of Science Degree from Auburn University, Sturmer has managed several large aquaculture projectss along the Gulf of Mexico coast. She has worked in hatchery development for marine fish stock enhancement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and intensive nursery systems for penaeid shrimp with Texas A and M University. With Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, she was instrumental in the establishment of a hard clam aquaculture initiative centered in Cedar Key.
Levy County 4-H is proud to announce the 2016 Summer Day Camp schedule. Day Camps will be hosted all summer on a wide variety of topics. To register or find out about pricing, deadlines, age limits or times, please call the 4-H office at 352-486-5131, visit our website at www.levy.ifas.ufl.edu or stop by the Extension Office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave, Bronson, FL 32621, to pick up an informational page and enrollment form.
Shooting Sports I Day Camp, June 13-17. Participants have the opportunity to earn their Hunter Safety Certification during this week and learn to shoot archery, rifle, shotgun, and/or muzzle-loading.
“The only obligation of a storyteller is to tell a story” says Katurian (Kennan Liston) to his good cop/bad cop interrogators (Michael Glover and Adam Lishawa) in the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, running through May 8th in Gainesville.
This play- a blistering and often brutal examination of the ramifications of the creative process, is certainly not for everyone-rate it R for language and violence. But if you like lively, confrontational theatre – something without clever songs and neat endings-which forces you to consider troubling ideas and the darker inclinations of human consciousness, then this production may be just your thing.
For McDonagh, an Irish playwright/screenwriter whose plays have garnered him numerous Tony nominations, and whose screenplay- In Breuge- won numerous European film awards, The Pillowman represents a departure from his earlier work, almost all of which took place on the Aran Islands -, just off the west coast of Ireland.
Grandchildren of Keith and Debbie Maynard, Event Coordinators of the Gulf Hammock Wild Hog Canoe Race to be held Saturday, April 23rd waiting for the ACL caboose to be moved. Left to right: Savannah, Christian, Jonathan, James, and Felicity holding baby Hudson. Proud parents are Justin and Katharine Maynard.
The women did a fine job with hauling in 13 nice speckled trout and 2 big mackerel. I cleaned all of them back at the dock and the girls from the Villages took home many fresh fillets. I hope they ate them all that night. They're best fresh, sure enough.The 1st pic is of Pat in classic fighting pose and the next one is Pat with a nice trout. Ida and Judy face out to sea awaiting a strike on their rods and then Judy holds up her big speckled trout. Look at Helen from Minnesota studying her line as it twitches and tugs out and down.
The “Think Water, Think Cedar Key” program presented its second program on Saturday morning, April 16, at the Cedar Key Library with Dr. Maria Sgambati’s and soon-to-be Dr. Savanna Barry’s presentation, “Water for Natural Resources.”
The TWTCK program is a series of five events focused on heightening the public’s awareness of the criticality of water, both salt and fresh. The program is punctuated with a three-dimensional physical model of downtown Cedar Key’s complete with City Hall, the Island Hotel, and more. The model, placed within a large tank, will show the various flooding effects from storm surges, sea-level rise, and hurricanes. Further capping the program is a presentation by Cynthia Barnett, a former Cedar Key resident and award-winning environmental journalist, “Water in the Future: Cedar Key as a Model for a Twenty-First Century Water Ethic.”
Maria Sgambati, currently Assistant Director / Education and Outreach Programs at the University of Florida Seahorse Key Marine Lab, hails from Palm Beach where she grew up spending countless hours on the beach. Sgambati, a biologist and physician in medical oncology, spent ten years at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. Her life-long interest is in environmental work; indeed, Sgambati is now most certainly in the right place. Sgambati functions as president-elect of the Lower Suwannee River and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.
Savanna Barry, currently the Regional Specialized Agent with Sea Grant is based at the University of Florida’s newly established Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key. Barry, from Virginia, spent vacations on the Chesapeake Bay as a youngster. Her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology is from the University of Virginia; her Master’s Degree of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences is from the University of Florida. Barry will graduate with her doctorate from U/F in May of this year.
Sgambati began her presentation by immediately involving her audience with the engaging questions, “What does water for Natural Resources mean to you?” and “Why does water matter?” In answer to these questions and with input from listeners, she made the meaningful points that: the earth’s surface is 75% water; the underground water is not included in that percentage; the human body is 72% water. Further, she took her audience further through the water cycle and estuarine environments. Sgambati related the eco-restorative successes occurring in the Chesapeake and Tampa Bays to recapture their man-made failing ecosystems; conversely, she discussed the troubled Indian River Lagoon.
Mark Gluckman, expert professional kayaker, led a parade of ten University of Florida-affiliated folk in a five-mile paddle from the Suwannee River Water Management District-owned Lukens Tract on Monday, April 18, 2016.
At approximately 11 am, the group gathered at the end of the Lukens Tract at Lutterloh Ditch and met their kayaks, supplied by Cedar Keyan Tom Liebert. Many kayakers sported cameras; some mounted Go-Pros; all wore life vests.
Gluckman’s plan is to lead the paddlers from the Ditch, past the Number Four Bridge, under the Number Three Bridge, to luncheon at Cemetery Point Park, to rest at Cedar Key City Park. The paddle would take approximately three hours.
When asked what she will miss most about CKS, Alora said, “The smell of the elementary hallway, eating in class without a worry, and of course the sports.”
Alora’s favorite teacher is “Coach David Tomlin, because he makes me laugh when I’m mad.” Coach David was Alora’s basketball coach as well as business teacher. Growing up in Cedar Key, Alora has learned “that small schools are so much easier; do not cuss in class when it gets quiet; and it’s okay to laugh at people when they get physically hurt.”
In 10 years Alora sees herself eating pizza on a beach, watching turtles swim in the ocean, having one child, and being married to CJ. When asked what quote she wants to leave CKS with, Alora said “It’s a very good question, very direct...and I’m not going to answer it.”
Below are two more irresistible pictures taken at the First Lukens Nature Walk on Monday April 18. The twenty-three Donna Thalacker-led people consummately enjoyed their excursion into the area.