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CEDAR KEY COMMISSION APPLICANTS
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
 
In the past several weeks, the Cedar Key News staff has talked with many Cedar Key residents and listened to their questions regarding the candidates and the upcoming city commission election.
These questions, and others, were posed to the two candidates running for the Cedar Key City Commission in May 2, 2017. From their answers, staff has learned the following information.
 
 
NICKIE RUCKER
 
WANTS TO REPRSENT ALL
  • In responses to various questions about the clamming industry and conflicts with non-clamming residents of Cedar Key, Rucker restates her commitment “to represent all of the people of Cedar Key.” 
  • She believes she knows many of them personally as her family comes from here and has clamming, fishing backgrounds.  She reiterated giving “a voice to everybody.”
HAS NECESSARY SKILL SET
  • She believes that while in the realty business in Mid-Florida, she learned many skills that would help her in the commissioner job. 
  • She explained that the reinventing her firm, which required her to listening to people, clearly hearing their concerns, “working with them to change the operation but remain humble and become what the people needed.”  She believes those skills will serve her well on the Cedar Key Commission.
FAVORS ANNEXATION
  • Rucker explained that she favors the city’s recent annexation efforts because those living on the Cedar Key side of the Number Four Bridge enjoy the same services as the city’s tax-paying residents enjoy. 
  • She believes that action is fair, “equitable.” 
CHANGES TO CEDAR KEY
  • Nickie Rucker believes that she should be a commissioner because she: wants “to be a bigger part” of the city; wants to “influence Cedar Key to change, but not much.”
  • She believes that in “giving back to my community is part of who I am.”
  
CHRIS TOPPING
 
QUESTION OF RESIDENCY
The question most asked regarding Chris Topping was: How can he run for city office if he doesn’t live in the city?
  • When asked where he resides, Topping responded that he has “many houses.” (the residency address provided by Topping to the Levy County Supervisor of Elections is C&M Seafood Inc, 11990 St. Rd. 24)
  • When asked, “Have you been living in the city for the past six months, as required by the Laws of Cedar Key?” Topping responded, “What do you mean by living?”
  • To clarify the question of living, Topping was asked, “Do you sleep there (at the city address) most of the time?” Topping’s response was, “I don’t know about most of the time.”
  • Topping refused to answer any questions regarding his family also living with him at this address.
SEES NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Other questions asked were regarding clamming and the potential conflict of voting on issues that involved the clamming industry while sitting on the city commission.
  • Asked if he, as commissioner, should be allowed to vote on an item that comes before the commission if it was an issue that he might derive some monetary benefit? Topping expressed seeing nothing wrong with that; he believes that is legal. 
  • Topping states: “I'm here to protect Aquaculture, which in my opinion is the tie that binds all other industries in Cedar Key. I like seeing a commission that puts Aquaculture at the top of its priority list.” 

 

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IN EFFECT
April 25, 2017

The Levy County Board of County Commissioners has enacted Emergency Declaration 2017-018 and Emergency Order 2017-019 establishing a burn ban throughout the unincorporated areas of Levy County. This is an executive emergency order due to the extreme dry conditions that affect our county. Levy County has suffered massive losses in the past from unintentional fires caused by unattended or irresponsibly set fires.

DO NOT burn yard debris, trash or other unwanted items around your homes during this time.  Due to these current conditions, fires will rapidly spread out of control and could endanger lives. 

This Emergency Order establishes this violation is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to Section 252.50, Florida Statutes.

Anyone having questions are asked to contact the Division of Forestry at 352-493-6060.

Posted By Lt. Scott Tummond to Levy County Sheriff's Star at 4/25/2017 11:13:00 AM

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GARDEN CLUB SUGGESTS
CEDAR LAKES
April 23, 2017
…a note from Roger McDaniels
 
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Hero of the Month
By Wayne Watson
April 12, 2017
 
 
Joseph Kasco works through me at my handyman service. His exploits as of late are exemplary and commendable. He should be made Hero of the Month. I’ve worked with Joseph for eight years now. I’ve always been proud of his fathering and his hardworking ethics. Today he showed his selflessness while risking his life to save someone he didn’t even know.   

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Around 2:30 today, Russel Brown went unconscious while in his running truck on Second St., forced the accelerator to the floor, and careened through all the porch posts at Tina’s Hair Salon and all but one of the porch posts at Island Arts. The truck was at full throttle, but stuck on the last post. The Street filled with burnt rubber smoke as the tires spun on the concrete. You couldn’t see but 5’ at the scene. 

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COMMISSION MEETS
April 7, 2017
 
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, April 7, 2017, at 6 pm at the temporary, double-wide trailer home of Cedar Key City Hall, located on the same property as the original City Hall, which remains closed because of Hurricane Hermine damage.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Dale Register, and Commissioners Sue Colson, Royce Nelson, and Diana Topping.
Staff in attendance included: CRA Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and staffer Donna Risker. 
Among those in the audience were: Chris Topping, Michael Hancock, Jim Fleming, Myra Zeigler, Doug Maple, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment was offered.
 
UF SUPPORT LETTER
Commissioners unanimously approved sending a letter of support for the University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station as it seeks funding from the Community-University Engagement Awards Program, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
  
CONCRETE DOCK UPDATE 
Mayor Davis gave some background to the proposed outside concrete dock by referring to the original contract and saying that today they were going to go continue the discussion and then authorize the work and preparation of the budget amendment. Mayor Davis read from the contract, “we yield to the owner of TRM for recommendations for placement, size, accessibility and mobility.”
 
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  CONCRETE FLOATING DOCK                         ALUMINUM FLOATING DOCK
 
Commissioner Royce Nelson, president of TRM then updated the others on the concrete docks for the outside Marina. After discussion of the dock sizes and number of docks it was agreed that the existing aluminum dock would be moved to the inside marina and two concrete docks would be put in its place. The existing concrete dock, built last year for the fireworks, will be repaired, and building flaws corrected. The vote to accept the project and proceed was 4 to 0, with Commissioner Nelson abstaining.
 
NON-STATIONARY BUSINESSES
Mayor Davis explained that businesses about town have asked of late what they may and may not do regarding acting as transient vendors.  He further explained that the city relies largely on state law. 
For clarity and simplicity, Davis divided the issue into three different groupings of transient vendors.  
  • Service vendors using the city right-of-way.  Golf carts, horse and buggy, Pedi-cabs, etc. must have a license and permit to do business and proof of insurance.
  • Mobile food vendors situated on the city right-of-way.  No vendor may be situated on the city right-of-way.
  • Temporary structures on private property, such as tents, food wagons, etc. These vendors must have a license, business permit, sign permit (if applicable) and a letter of approval from the property owner to conduct business on that property.  The structures, wagons, trailers, etc. must be taken down and removed at the end of every day. Any vendors within the Historic District will be required to get a Certificate of Appropriateness if any part of the enterprise is on the Regulated Work Items list.
One audience members asked about allowing vendors, such as a smokers t0 smoke fish, to set up and sell food on private property during festivals. Chief Sandlin noted that the festivals are for non-profit organizations. School and the other non-profits organizations use the festival venue as one of their few sources to earn money and that would be taking money away from the kids.  A member of the audience then suggested to allow transient vendors on private property during the festivals and require them to give the non-profits a percentage of their profits. The mayor remarked that “that’s a slippery slope . . . a slippery slope.”  No action resulted from the suggestion. 
 
Commissioners directed Attorney Norm Fugate to “clean up” the language and return it to the commission.  A check list will also be provided and filled out along with the permit applications.


 

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Abigail O’Steen, Valedictorian                Ashlyn Allen, Salutatorian
 
 
Cedar Key School’s top students in the class of 2017 are Abigail O’Steen, valedictorian, and Ashlyn Allen, salutatorian. Abigail and Ashlyn have been lifelong Cedar Key Sharks; they began school together in the fall of 2003 when they entered pre-K and have been classmates ever since. Both will speak at the commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 20th in the Cedar Key gymnasium.
 
Principal Joshua Slemp said the valedictorian and salutatorian are selected based on their Florida Academic Scholars grade point average (GPA) throughout high school. This year the decision was a close one, with .03 grade points separating the two candidates.
 
Abigail is finishing her high school career with a GPA of 3.93. Following graduation, she will be among the first students to attend the new College of Central Florida campus in Chiefland to complete her associate of arts degree. Abigail has been a dual enrollment student through the college and has been receiving both high school and college credits this year.
 
Ashlyn is graduating with a GPA of 3.90. She recently became the first Cedar Key graduate to ever sign an athletic scholarship. An outstanding softball player, Ashlyn was recruited to pitch for the St. Petersburg College Titans.
 
Both Abigail and Ashlyn have deep roots and large extended families in Cedar Key and Levy County.
 
Abigail’s parents are Chad and Joanne O’Steen of Cedar Key, Ronny Jo O’Steen of Cedar Key, and Mark Miller of Chiefland. Abigail’s grandparents are Anne O’Steen of Cedar Key and Jo Frank and Keith Watson of Chiefland.   
 
Ashlyn’s parents are Jimmy and Cheryl Allen and her maternal grandmother is Rita Baker, all of Cedar Key.
 
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CEDAR KEY CRA MEETS
April 7, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics:
The Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency met on Tuesday, April 7, 2017, at 6 pm at the Cedar Key temporary City Hall.   Present were:  Chair Royce Nelson, Vice-Chair Sue Colson, and members Dale Register, Heath Davis, and Diana Topping.
 
Staff in attendance included: CRA Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Staffer Donna Risker.
 
Among those in the audience were: Chris Topping, Michael Hancock,  Doug Maple, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment was offered.
 
HISTORICAL SOCIETY BUILDING RESERVE APPROVED
Chair Royce Nelson presented to all members the Amendment Grant Award Agreement between the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency and the Cedar Key Historical Society.  The CRA members unanimously approved the Historical Society’s request to “maintain a building reserve fund in the amount of not less than $50,000 to cover flood damage to the property…” instead of purchasing flood insurance from the marketplace.
MINUTES APPROVED
Minutes from the January 3, 2017, CRA meeting were unanimously approved.
SUNTRUST BOND
Chair Nelson presented members with a draft letter to SunTrust Vice-President Ken Schult noting that “funds for the April Bond Interest Payment and the available funds foe [for] the April 2017 Principal Payment from the CRA TIF funds in the amount of $337,989.99….” were attached.  Members unanimously agreed to forward the letter to the bank.
 
Nelson further suggested that the following paragraph be added to the letter.  “The CRA Board, understands and fully accepts their responsibility of using 100% of the TIF receipts for the payment of the CRA bond as stated in the bond issuance.  The board also understands the banks position in requesting the CRA Board to agree to a modification of the payment structure to bring the loan into compliance.  However, the board in [is] concerned that the modification may impact the bond validation.”
 
Vice-Chair Colson expressed her preference to add nothing, as all the information contained in the additional paragraph had been discussed and deliberated in the past.  Members debated the use of the word, “however,” and whether to add the paragraph at all.   Ultimately, members approved adding the paragraph, in substance, 4 to 1; Colson voted against the paragraph’s inclusion. 
 
MEETING ADJOURNED
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:10 pm.
 
 
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  CEMETERY POINT PARK,
 A TIDIER PLACE
April 1, 2017
 
 
Cedar Key Garden Club, other volunteers, and Cedar Key Public Works personnel, armed with gloves, rakes, and clippers  and cutters, gathered at Cemetery Point Park this past Friday, March 31, and tackled vines, Brazilian Pepper, smilax, and other invasive plants that choke the palms, cedars, oaks, and other native verdure at the park.  

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Cedar Key Garden Club President Roger McDaniels, and Ed DeHaan, among their other efforts, cut and chemically treated the Brazilian Pepper shrubs found about the park.   Doreen Holland, Jeri and Bob Treat, Matt Cox, Mandy and Frank Offerle cleared away the smilax and weeds along the north perimeter of the park, greatly increasing the beautiful panorama. 
 
Beth Mizell and Gene Higa aggressively cleared the west exercise area of weeds, smilax, and broken logs, and other debris.  Russ Colson and Joe Hand were everywhere, assisting everyone.   Public Works Bill Crandley and Dennis Gill Sr., gathered all the debris piles and deposited them elsewhere as well as vine-pulling, raking, and hauling.  Commissioner Sue Colson and husband Russ provided lunch and the ever-precious and much-appreciated water. 
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Commissioner Colson, who has been instrumental in obtaining funding to enhance the park and getting volunteers to help the Public Works Department maintain area, expresses her thanks to all the participants for their efforts in maintaining the very special park that is Cemetery Point Park.
 
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GARDEN CLUB TO TIDY UP
CEMETERY POINT PARK…
COME HELP IF YOU CAN
March 30, 2017
…a note from Roger McDaniels
 
The Cedar Key Garden Club is looking for volunteers for the
Cemetery Point Park Clean up on Friday, March 31, from  9 am  to noon.
 
Come on out, bring your rakes, shovels, hoes, and clippers.
A fun Morning in the Park.
 
Roger McDaniels 321 698-1688
 
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MEET WITH
COMMISSIONER COLSON
MARCH 28, 2017
 
On the steps of the Chamber of Commerce,
Commissioner Sue Colson will be available
between 11am and noon to talk with you and answer your questions.
  
Come by, sit down, have some coffee and
discuss concerns that you may have regarding the city.
 
 
WHAT?
Meet with a commissioner  
WHEN?  
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
11 am to noon
WHERE?
Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
450 Second Street, Cedar Key
WHY? 
A chance for participants to be better informed
regarding issues in Cedar Key.

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COMMISSION MEETS 
March 21, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 6 pm at the temporary, double-wide trailer home of Cedar Key City Hall, located on the same property as the original City Hall, which remains closed because of Hurricane Hermine damage.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Dale Register, and Commissioners Sue Colson, Royce Nelson, and Diana Topping.
 
Staff in attendance included:  City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Director Robert Robinson, Public Works’ Bill Crandley, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Donna Risker. City Clerk Nicole Gill was absent.
 
Among those in the audience were: Nicki Rucker, Doug Maple, Michael Hancock, Allan Pither, Chris Topping, Jennifer Davis, Jeri and Bob Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
 
CANVASSING BOARD
Mayor Heath Davis announced the upcoming city election Canvassing Board and its “Appointment and Meeting Calendar for the 2017 City of Cedar Key Election.”  Simply click below for the full notice:
 
ANNEXATION LETTER SIGNED
Mayor Davis recounted that at its Tuesday, March 21, 2017, County Commission Meeting, Levy County commissioners approved a City of Cedar Key annexation letter.
 
The letter, addressed to Levy County Coordinator Wilber Dean and dated December 22, 2016, requested that the City of Cedar Key annex two pieces of county-owned property in Cedar Key.  One parcel, 00449-000-00, is 120 acres of submerged land immediately south of City Park Beach and east of the Marina; the second, 00422-000-00, is a 52.42 acre parcel, the airport. 
 
Commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of annexing these two parcels into the City of Cedar Key.  The no vote came from Commissioner Lilly Rooks.
 
The letter states that, “The Florida Statute governing annexation require that the City obtain preliminary consent of landowners who control at least 50% of the acreage within the area under consideration.”  This annexation places the city at or beyond the necessary 50%. 
 
COMMITTEE ON CEDAR KEY LAWS CREATED
Mayor Davis suggested, and the commission unanimously approved, the creation of a new committee to be composed of himself, Commissioner Sue Colson, City Attorney Norm Fugate, and City of Cedar Key Land Planning Agency Chair Jim Mason.
 
Davis expressed the concern that the LPA is currently dealing with items that have been added and clarified in the past and are now coming up again.  He wants this committee to clarify these Cedar Key laws.  Currently, said Davis, Colson and Davis see things one way and Fugate and Mason see them another.    Issues such as the “ag exemption, replats, and parcels versus lots” will be discussed in these committee meetings.
 
Meetings will be properly noticed beforehand and open to the public.
 
ORDINANCE PROVIDES MORATORIUM ON CANNABIS SALES
At the February 7, 2017, commission meeting, commissioners voted 5 to 0 to place a moratorium on decisions regarding locations where medical marijuana may be sold in Cedar Key in the future.  At its March 7, 2017, meeting, commissioners unanimously approved Ordinance 515 placing the twelve-month moratorium on cannabis-dispensing businesses for its first reading.  Tonight commissioners unanimously approved the moratorium for its second reading.
 
LIGHTHOUSE REPAIR SUPPORT
Commissioners unanimously approved two letters of support of the University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station’s proposed efforts to repair and restore the Seahorse Key Lighthouse.   One letter was addressed to the Lighthouse Association in St. Petersburg, Florida, the other to the United States Lighthouse Association in Hansville, Washington.
 
FLOATING DOCK BID AWARDED
Commissioners unanimously awarded a bid for its floating dock.  Two bids were submitted:  one for $501 and one for $1,001.  The latter bid, offered by Triad Residual Management was accepted.
 
MINUTES APPROVED
Commissioners unanimously approved minutes from the February 21 and the March 7, 2017, city commission meetings.
 
MEETING ADJOURNED
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:17 pm.
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CITY OF CEDAR KEY ELECTIONS CANVASSING BOARD
March 23, 2017
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NEW SCULPTURE AT THE
CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER –
GULLS IN FLIGHT
March 15, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of long-time residents Earl and Dorothy Starnes, the stairs to the new addition are now adorned with an inspiring sculpture depicting sea gulls in flight.  This graceful 8 foot x 4 foot bronze sculpture was created by Rolf Carl Nyberg and purchased in the 1960’s by the Starnes.   

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Through the years it has moved around Florida as Dr. Starnes continued his career as Director, Division of State Planning, State of Florida and Chairman and Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, University of Florida, until his “retirement” to Cedar Key in 1992.

 

 

Dr. Starnes and his wife will soon be moving to Gainesville but his many contributions to our community will long be remembered including his role in assuring that Atsena Otie would remain an undeveloped natural area, managed by the Lower Suwanee River and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, that Cemetery Point would never be developed and working with Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy to protect and acquire lands for future generations to enjoy.

 

The Cedar Key Arts Center is grateful for the support of Dorothy and Earl Starnes over the years and is honored to have this new sculpture that will be enjoyed for years to come and remind us all of these valued members of our Cedar Key Community.  We would also like to thank the Arts Center Boat Builders, a group that Earl has been active in through the years, for installing the sculpture.

Photo:  Earl Starnes with outgoing President of the CKAC, Donna Bushnell at the Annual Meeting of the Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy, 2/26/2017.  

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COMMISSION MEETS
March 7, 2017
 
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 6 pm at the temporary, double-wide trailer home of Cedar Key City Hall, located on the same property as the original City Hall, which remains closed because of Hurricane Hermine damage.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Dale Register, and Commissioners Sue Colson and Royce Nelson. Diana Topping was absent.
 
Staff in attendance included:  City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Director Robert Robinson, Public Works’ Bill Crandley, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Donna Risker.   City Clerk Nicole Gill was absent.
Among those in the audience were: John and Lisa Waring, Esta Johnson, Jim Wortham, Jennifer Davis, Ray and Carla Ermel, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
THELMA RAINS MCCAIN PASSES
Mayor Heath Davis explained that the city’s American flag was at half-mast honoring the passing away of resident Thelma McCain who for decades served the city in a myriad of capacities, from Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Board member to driving the school bus.
 
DOCK STREET CLOSURE
The Cedar Key Public Works Department’s Bill Crandley explained that the closing of the Fishing Pier and part of Dock Street to vehicular traffic would be a week-long endeavor “if all goes well.”  He asked the commissioners which would be their preference:  to replace the area with bricks, which allow water to flow through them, or to cover the road with asphalt, which could be done in less time than laying bricks.  Commissioner Sue Colson explained that the bricks are now in place were not put there for aesthetics, but because they allow drainage and when necessary, they can be removed and the road beneath it refilled with substrate, and replaced easier than asphalt.  After some discussion, commissioners agreed to do a “hybrid” surface. The travel lane will be an asphalt surface and the brick surface along the south side of the road re-installed. Crandley will work with the county to see if this can be accomplished.  
 
ORDINANCE ANNEXES PROPERTY
At the February 7, 2017, Cedar Key City Commission meeting, Richard and Helen Vilissov of 16431 SW 120 Place, Cedar Key, were granted their request to be annexed into the city in a 5 to 0 vote.  This evening commissioners unanimously approved Ordinance 514 on its second reading in a 4-0 vote in the absence of Commissioner Diana Topping.
 
ORDINANCE PROVIDES MORATORIUM ON CANNABIS SALES
At the February 7, 2017, commission meeting, commissioners discussed the advice from Tallahassee Attorneys Foley and Lardner, LLP, the Florida League of Cities Assistant General Counsel Ryan G. Padgett, and City Attorney Fugate, and voted 5 to 0 to place a moratorium on decisions regarding locations where medical marijuana may be sold in Cedar Key in the future.  The state will regulate growth/production and will license those who sell medical marijuana; the city will regulate where it is sold within the city.  Commissioners discussed sending the issue to the Cedar Key Land Planning Agency for input.
 
Tonight, commissioners unanimously approved Ordinance 515 placing the twelve-month moratorium on cannabis-dispensing businesses.


 
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DOCK STREET, FISHING PIER REMINDER,
WATCH FOR UPDATES
March 10, 2017

The great news is that Levy County Department of Transportation will be in Cedar Key next week to repair one of Cedar Key’s most frequently used roads, Dock Street.  Storms, high tides, and Hurricane Hermine have had their impact upon the “understructure” of the street and repairs are necessary for the community's and visitors' safety.

The temporary no-so-great news is that fishing on the pier will not be available for a week and Dock Street visitors will have to walk a bit more.

The Dock Street Fishing Pier will be closed on Monday, March 13 until Friday.  Fishermen will need to find another spot for a while.

The C Street entry to Dock Street will be closed at First Street; therefore no traffic nor parking will be allowed for the week while workmen get their equipment and supplies down along that corridor.

With deference to business owners, the east end of Dock Street will allow delivery trucks to back up along Dock Street under their direction.   Because of that delivery need, golf carts, cars, motorcycles, etc. may not park along Dock Street.  Golf carts may drive down Dock Street, load and unload passengers, and exit the street.  Walking will be the easiest mode of transportation.

Hopefully, the repairs will be completed Friday, March 17.  Do watch for updates.

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VCITY OF CEDAR KEY

NOTICE TO ALL

Fishing Pier will be CLOSED from
Monday March 13th until Friday.

Dock Street will be CLOSED from Monday March 13th until Friday to all vehicular traffic.  The east entrance to Dock Street will be open for foot traffic, golf carts, and business delivery trucks ONLY!

 

Temporary closure is due to street repair by Levy County. 

Thank you for your patience.

Any concerns please contact City Hall 352-543-5132

 

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COMMISSION MEETS
February 21, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics:
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 6 pm at the temporary, double-wide trailer home of Cedar Key City Hall, located on the same property as the original City Hall, which remains closed because of Hurricane Hermine damage.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Dale Register, and Commissioners Sue Colson, Royce Nelson, and Diana Topping.
Staff in attendance included:  City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Director Robert Robinson, Public Works’ Bill Crandley, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Donna Risker.   
 
Among those in the audience were: Gina Stefani, John Blouse, Michael Hancock, Beth Mizell, Chris Topping, Linda Seyfert, Chris Reynolds, Mac Cox, Lilly Rooks, Linda Kimball, Cedar Key Beacon Jennifer Davis, Lisa Fitzgerald, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
 
TRASH TOUR
Coastal Conservation Association Representative Lisa Fitzgerald requested commission approval to conduct its Trash Tour on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 6 am to 1 pm.  Fitzgerald reported plans to conduct such tournament-style affairs in the upcoming months in Titusville, Jacksonville, Steinhatchee, and Saint Augustine.  Commissioners welcomed her and referred Fitzgerald to work through the details with Cedar Key City staff.
 
LICENSE APPROVED TO ADD PUBLIC LAND TO PERSONAL PROPERTY
Commissioners unanimously approved a license to construct a fence to Jerry and Shelba Lawhon at their 781 Seventh Street address here in Cedar Key.   The fence extends twenty-three feet into public land on the west and ten feet in to public land on the south.  Commissioners approved this license of public land at no cost to the Lawton’s, substantially increasing their property dimensions and the value thereof. 
 
 
ORDINANCE ANNEXES PROPERTY
At the February 7, 2017, Cedar Key City Commission meeting, Richard and Helen Vilissov of 16431 SW 120 Place, Cedar Key, were granted their request to be annexed into the city in a 5 to 0 vote.  This evening commissioners unanimously approved Ordinance 514 on its first reading. 
 
ANNEXATION DISCUSSION
Mayor Heath Davis explained to the audience that the city is moving forward in its plans to annex public and private properties south of the Number Four Bridge.  Davis repeated what he hoped that the annexation efforts would not be divisive.  He further explained that area residents currently not annexed into the city do use the city’s services, such as police, emergency, and fire assistance. 
  
Levy County Property Appraiser Osborne estimates that, with the annexation, approximately $119,000 would be added to the city’s coffers, a 17% increase over last year’s $692,000.
 
Commissioners directed Cedar Key City Attorney Norm Fugate to draft a letter to be sent to those to-be-affected property owners explaining the city’s logic in annexation.  Fugate will bring the draft to the next commission meeting. 


 
MEET WITH
A COMMISSIONER
FEBRUARY 27, 2017
 
 
 
TUESDAY, 28 February 2017, on the steps of the Chamber of Commerce,
Commissioner Colson will be available between 11am and noon
to talk with you and answer your questions.
  
Come by, sit down, have some coffee and
discuss concerns that you may have regarding the city.
 
 
WHAT?
Meet with a commissioner  
WHEN?  
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
11 am to noon
WHERE?
Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
450 Second Street, Cedar Key
WHY? 
A chance for participants to be better informed
regarding issues in Cedar Key.

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NOTICE OF ELECTION
CITY OF CEDAR KEY
and
CEDAR KEY WATER AND
 SEWER DISTRICT
 
at Cedar Key City Hall
 
May 2, 2017
and if necessary a RUN OFF ELECTION on May 23, 2017
from 7 am until 7 pm
 
THREE CITY COMMISSION SEATS:
1, 3, & 5 (Two-Year Term)
 
THREE CEDAR KEY WATER & SEWER
DISTRICT COMMISSION GROUPS
2 & 4 (Two-Year Term)
5 (One-Year Term)
 
Qualifying Period
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9 am until
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 12 Noon
 
REGISTRATION BOOKS CLOSE ON
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017 at 5 pm

 

City Commission Seats are currently held by:
Seat 1, Heath Davis; Seat 3 Diana Topping; Seat 5 Sue Colson.
 
Water and Sewer District Seats are currently held by:
Seat 2 Chris Reynolds; Seat 4 Thelma McCain; Seat 5 Joe Hand

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2017 FFA WEEK
Help the Cedar Key FFA Celebrate the
 National FFA Week by participating in FFA Week!

 

Sunday the 19th - Join the Cedar Key FFA Chapters for the Cedar Train Trestle Trail cleanup at the trail head on Grove Street,  scheduled for 11am Sunday, February 19th, pending weather. We will be teaming up with Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy for the cleanup. Please bring a bottle of water and work gloves if you plan on attending.
 
Tuesday the 21st - Students are encouraged to dress up for Dynamic Duo Day (twin or a famous partnership like Batman and Robin). Community members are invited to attend our First Annual Container Gardening Seminar, Hosted by the Cedar Key Middle and Senior Chapters.
 
Garden Seminar - Participants will learn about the different types of containers for container gardening, soil properties, plants for containers, and take an FFA Land Lab Tour. The seminar starts at 5PM and will last until 6PM, please meet out back of the school by the FFA Gardens.
 
Wednesday the 22nd - Students are encouraged to dress Wacky for Wacky Wednesday! FFA members will be providing a faculty/staff breakfast for Cedar Key School this day.
 
Thursday the 23rd - Students are encouraged to wear their school appropriate pajamas to school for pajama day! Community members are invited to participate in or spectate our First Annual FFA Golf Cart Parade!


 
 
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COMMISSION
MEETS
February 07, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 6 pm at the temporary, double-wide trailer home of Cedar Key City Hall, located on the same property as the original City Hall, which remains closed because of Hurricane Hermine damage.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Dale Register, and Commissioners Sue Colson, Royce Nelson, and Diana Topping.
 
Staff in attendance included:  City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Director Robert Robinson, Public Works’ Bill Crandley, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Donna Risker.   
 
Nearly all seats were filled.   Among those in the audience were: Mac and Nita Cox, Allison Nelson, Chris Topping, Nolan Freeman, Ed and Sherry Butler, Susan Rosenthal, Maureen Magee, Crosby Hunt, Ken and Vanessa Edmonds, Linda and Colin Dale, Gisela and Henning Bunge, Margy Vanlandingham, Michael Hancock, Esta Johnson, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
 
CEDAR KEYS AUDUBON CHAPTER GRANTED REQUEST
Cedar Keys Audubon Co-President Crosby Hunt requested approval to pursue the chapter’s plans to place feeders and water sources at Cemetery Point Park to attract more birds and further enhance the Park.  Hunt explained that the chapter has been awarded a grant to finance the project and explained that the members had plans to regularly clean and fill the dispensers.  Commissioners approved Hunt’s request 5 to 0.
 
LICENSE APPROVED
Maureen Magee of 457 Fourth Street, Cedar Key, requested approval of a fence which extends into public right-of-way on the south of her lot.   Commissioners Dale Register and Diana Topping expressed curiosity about what lies beneath the right-of-way; no action was taken to alleviate their concern. 

Cedar Key City Attorney Norm Fugate advised that the process in the past has been to license the section of public land to the property owner and record the license in public records.  The license stays attached to the property should a sale occur.  Commissioners voted 5 to 0 to approve the licensure.


THE MAGIC
BEHIND THE MURAL
February 9, 2017
 
 
 
 
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Last summer, Darlene and Bryon Skarupski, owners of The Market at Cedar Key, had decided it was time to redo the historic Native Indian mural that had been welcoming visitors there for over 15 years.  
 
 
They hired Travis Parks, who had done a number of recent murals in Cedar Key (in addition to being one of the artists that painted the existing mural), and prep-work began.  Unfortunately Mother Nature had another plan and when Hurricane Hermine hit in September, causing extensive damage not only to The Market, but also to their home and Bryon’s Big Deck Raw Bar on the dock the dream of a new mural was washed away.
 
 
 
 
As the Cedar Key community banded together to help each other after the storm, local residents, Nancy and Jerry Salamon, learned of the beached plans for the mural and decided to do something about it.  Along with Bev Ringenberg, who had been involved in fundraising for the murals at the Arts Center and the Gas Station Jiffy, they put out the call for support.  As Bev said later, “this was the easiest fundraiser I’ve ever been part of because everyone we asked wanted to help.”   Within a week the funds were raised and work could began again. 
 
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Darlene’s desire was to create something “bright and different” and Travis wanted to incorporate a touch of history.  When Travis suggested the theme, Darlene said “I love it!”   The mural, which was completed last week, features one of Cedar Key’s priceless sunsets and reveals the secretive activities of pirates of the past.  You need to look closely to find the hidden treasures in the mural and you just might want to keep an eye on it to make sure nothing new gets stashed away in the mural.
 
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Thanks to the generosity of the Cedar Key Arts Center, Nature Coast Realty, Old Fenimore Mill and numerous local residents for making this magic happen.   Thanks to Travis Parks, our magical muralist, for his creativity and the many hours he put into bringing this large mural to life.   More of his work can be found at http://totembrushmagic.blogspot.com/.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CEDAR KEY FIRE DEPARTMENT
LEARNS TO USE NEW,
POWERFUL EQUIPMENT
February 4, 2017
 
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On the beautiful, crisp Saturday morning of January 28, little children, youngsters, moms, pops, older folk, and more met at the Cedar Key Fire House to celebrate the Cedar Key Fire Department, its volunteers, and chief and learn about its newly awarded equipment.  The onlookers enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate, pound cake, and donuts as they listened to Cedar Key Fire Department Fire Chief Robert Robinson explain the unfolding event. 
 
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With Robinson were his seven volunteer firepersons:  James McCain, Keen Daniels, Kenny McCain, Jamie McCain, Tony Pavao, Matthew Adams, and John Andrek.  The Levy County Fire Department’s Katy Yarok and Harry Sparks were in attendance as well.
 
Robinson explained the gathering’s two purposes.  The first goal was to expressly thank Firehouse Subs for awarding $30,037 worth of Hurst extrication equipment which includes a Hurst cutter, spreader, ram, and the necessary batteries and chargers required for use.  In addition, the award included a Hurst eDraulic bank charger, power supply, and three mounting brackets. 
 
 

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This equipment replaces the older, louder, dirtier and less powerful equipment which has been used since 1985, for some three decades plus.  A grateful Chief Robinson displayed the old and the new equipment for onlookers to compare the differences.
 
Chief Robinson explained earlier that “this award will allow for faster and safer rescues involving vehicle entrapment.  Due to the fact that today’s vehicles are built to withstand more than ever before, the newer extrication equipment has become a necessity to be able to power through the tougher construction in the event of a rescue.”
 
The second goal of the day was to teach the Cedar Key Fire Department persons to use the new equipment.  Guided by 27-year fireman veteran Tom Minklin, now a Hurst equipment instructor and emergency specialist, and 40-year veteran in the field John McDonald, the eight firemen attacked a 1989 white Subaru Legacy that had been in an accident. 
 
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And attack it they did.  James McCain, Matthew Adams, Kenny McCain, Ken Daniels, Tony Pavao, Kenny McCain, and John Andrek took turns with the spreader, the cutter, and the ram, methodically removing the two doors and the hatchback.  Levy County Emergency Management Services Katy Yanok and Harry Sparks learned as well.
 
 
Appreciative and earnest applause was heard from the crowd for the volunteers, Firehouse Subs, for Minklin and McDonald, and for Chief Robinson.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida exhausted and exhilarated, they knew they could do more and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since inception, the non-profit organization has given more than $24 million to hometown heroes in 46 states plus Puerto Rico and Canada.”

 

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