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GOLF CART COMMON SENSE,
PLEASE!
August 17, 2017

Common sense goes a long way when driving any vehicle, including golf carts, and particularly here in Cedar Key.   A great thing is that you can legally drive a golf cart around this city if you stay completely off State Road 24. 

GOLF CART OPERATION ON CITY STREETS IS A PRIVILEGE
Few, if any, other municipalities allow this opportunity, afforded us by the Laws of Cedar Key.  Simpler, smaller, gated communities allow driving golf carts, but here, we drive them on city streets, with big trucks, more big trucks with even bigger boat trailers, delivery semis, and so on.   We’re fortunate.

It’s not just common sense that is required, but a set of laws governs golf cart operation and ownership. The set of laws are both city-generated and state-generated and may be easily found: 

  • Laws of Cedar Key, Chapter Two General Ordinances, Article IV: Transportation, Section 6.00.03.
  • Florida Statutes, Title XXII Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 State Uniform Traffic Control

These governing laws are intended to keep you and your passengers safe.   Failure to follow the simple rules will earn the driver a citation from the Cedar Key Police.

Cedar Key’s atmosphere is so easy and comfortable and golf carts seem so informal, we sometimes forget that we are on city streets with other, sometimes huge, motor vehicles which have the right- of-way.

WE CAN GET TOO COMFOTABLE
We get so comfortable that we make some blunders, for sure.  We:
  • leave driver’s licenses at home,
  • let kids sit in drivers’ laps,
  • let passengers stand while the cart is in motion,
  • let kids drive who are not yet sixteen, 
  • drive thinking that we have the right of way and need not yield to regular traffic,
  • assume that waving a hand indicating that the person behind you should pass you only puts the driver behind you in the consummate danger of the oncoming lane of traffic, often unable to see what is coming at him,
  • drive on State Road 24,
  • careen around corners as if we were in our own Ford 1450 truck.
WE NEED TO TAKE CARE
We need to remember:
  • We’re in a moving motor vehicle capable of hurting someone,
  • Stay off SR 24,
  • Yield to all regular traffic (get off the road),
  • Equip your cart properly,
  • Have the adult drive and carry license and proof of insurance
  • Monitor the behavior of your passengers.

Let’s remember that we can’t suspend our common sense in Cedar Key.

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CEDAR KEY
ANNEXATION RATIONALE
August 15, 2017

Below is Cedar Key Mayor Heath Davis’s letter to area residents beyond the Number Flour Bridge who may be annexed into the city pending upon the outcome of next month’s vote.  

AUG 14 Annexation Heaths Letter

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CEDAR KEY 2017-2018
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
UPDATED AUGUST 12, 2017 

AUGUST 2017

8/14 Cedar Key Water Sewer District Board Meeting, CKWSD Office, 5 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3202-ckwsd-water-board-meeting-14-august-2017

8/15   Cedar Key Local Planning Agency Meeting, City Hall, 3 pm

8/15    City of Cedar Key Commission Meeting, City Hall, 6 pm


BOARD BY BOARD
August 11, 2017

If you are not in Cedar Key these past months, you’re in for a big surprise when you do arrive.  You will see a huge change on Dock Street.  The Captain’s Table is being dismantled board by board. 

The Captain’s Table, on the right and on the water as you go over the C Street Bridge, was one restaurant and bar with one of the finest panoramic  views and sunsets Cedar Key offers.  Some wonderful times Cedar Keyans have experienced there.  Sad to see it go, even the wreckage.

All is not sad, however. 

What you will see, when the Table’s boards are gone, is an unfettered view of Atsena Otie, which should be breathtakingly beautiful.

The photo here is taken from the fishing pier looking north…ish.

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BRIEF CEMETERY SOUND
August 11, 2017

Don’t be disturbed if you hear something like a cannon blast this weekend from the cemetery.  Only one blast will occur and Police Chief Virgil Sandlin is aware of it.

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CEDAR KEY 2017-2018
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
UPDATED AUGUST 11, 2017

 

AUGUST 2017

8/1  Cedar Key Arts Center Old Florida Celebration of the Arts 2018 Call to Artists Design Contest Due Date,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/arts-ents/10-arts/3071-2018-ofca-call-to-artists-design-contest

8/1   Cedar Key Historical Preservation Board Meeting, City Hall, 3 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3189-historic-preservation-board-01-august-2017

8/1    City of Cedar Key Commission Meeting, City Hall, 6 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3188-city-commission-agenda-01-august-2017

8/1 City of Cedar Key Budget Workshop, City Hall, following 6 pm Commission Meeting, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3190-ck-budget-workshop-agenda-01-august-2017

8/1  City of Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting and Budget Workshop, City Hall, 6 pm

8/3 City of Cedar Key Budget Workshop Back Up, City Hall,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3182-2017-city-of-cedar-key-budget-schedule

8/8 City of Cedar Key Budget Workshop, City Hall,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3182-2017-city-of-cedar-key-budget-schedule

8/10  Levy County, Cedar Key School, first day of classes for students

8/10 City of Cedar Key Budget Workshop Back Up, City Hall,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3182-2017-city-of-cedar-key-budget-schedule

8/14 Cedar Key Water Sewer District Board Meeting, CKWSD Office, 5 pm

8/15   Cedar Key Local Planning Agency Meeting, City Hall, 3 pm

8/15    City of Cedar Key Commission Meeting Followed by Budget Workshop, City Hall, 6 pm

SEPTEMBER

9/5   Cedar Key Historical Preservation Board Meeting, City Hall, 3 pm

9/5   City of Cedar Key Commission Meeting, City Hall, 6 pm,

http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3182-2017-city-of-cedar-key-budget-schedule

9/5 City of Cedar Key Tentative Budget Hearing, City Hall, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3182-2017-city-of-cedar-key-budget-schedule

9/8  Community Redevelopment Agency Budget Meeting, City Hall, 6 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3185-city-cra-meets-18-july-2017

9/11 Cedar Key Water Sewer District Board Meeting, CKWSD Office, 5 pm

9/18 City of Cedar Key Final Budget Hearing, City Hall, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3182-2017-city-of-cedar-key-budget-schedule

9/19    Cedar Key Local Planning Agency Meeting, City Hall, 3 pm

9/19    City of Cedar Key Commission Meeting, City Hall, 6 pm

9/16 Coastal Clean Up

9/15-17 Pirates in Cedar Key

9/25 City of Cedar Key Tentative Annexation Ballot Milling to Unincorporated Area Registered Voters

OCTOBER

10/12  Levy County Poll Worker Orientation, 9 am, Bronson, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2884-levy-county-supervisor-of-elections-poll-training

NOVEMBER

11/11 - 12  John Muir’s 1,000-Mile Walk to Cedar Key Celebration, sponsored by Sierra Club and Cedar Key Historical Society

Date TBA Historic Tooke-Hudson House Fundraising Gala, Cedar Key Historic Society

DECEMBER

Date TBA  Cedar Key Historical Society Open House, Cedar Key Historical Society Museum

CEDAR KEY 2018
COMMUNITY CALENDAR

JANUARY 2018

FEBRUARY

MARCH

3/24-25  Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, Cedar Key 

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COMMISSION MEETS
ANNEXATION DISCUSSED
 
 
August 1, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 6 pm in 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 Sue Colson, and Commissioners Dale Register, Royce Nelson, and Nickie Rucker.
 
Staff in attendance included: Cedar key City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Director Bill Crandley, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and staffer Donna Risker.  City Clerk Nicole Gill was not in attendance.
Among those in the audience were:  Joe and Mrs. Catalano, Stanley Bair, Lisa and James Custer and son, Linda and Mr. Campbell, Buddy Scruggs, Maurice and Jan Hendrix, Steve and Diana Priessman, Ray and Carla Ermel, Andrew Gude, Mendy Allen, David Davis, Robin Gilles, Robin Jocelyn, George Oakley, Principal Josh Slemp, Dell Weible, Chester Vanderpyl, Lloyd Kelly, Paul Florence, Brian Keith, Telecia Winfield, Michael Hancock, Allison Nelson, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP
Vice-Mayor Sue Colson announced that International Coastal Cleanup is scheduled for September 16, 2017.  A more detailed announcement will follow, however, Colson wanted all to know now that:  everyone is invited to participate; all are to arrive as early as 8 am to the Cedar Key Marina, check in, and tell the organizers what areas they intend to clean up; counters and sorters are needed.
 
PIRATE FEST
Resident Joe Catalano of Bard Productions, LLC, announced that the Pirates will be in Cedar Key on September 15, 16, and 17.  He asked to have part of Second Street shut down from noon Friday until 4 pm Sunday for vendors to sell their wares.
Mayor Davis will work with staff and bring their proposal, based on the permits, to the next meeting on the 15th of August and the approval/alteration decision will be made.
 
Colson expressed the need not to interrupt traffic in and out of the Marina for Coastal Cleanup activities. Commissioner Royce Nelson expressed the concern that if Second Street were to be closed, then it ought to be only Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s street closing should be like the festivals and not be closed until after 7pm. Commissioner Nickie Rucker expressed concern for what residents of Park Place who live directly in the thick of the Pirate activities.
 
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM
Vice-Mayor Colson reported on the highly successful Cedar Key Summer Youth Program.  Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp received a rousing applause and a bouquet of flowers for her organization of the program and her “getting everything done.”  Among the others thanked for their involvement in the five-week, Mondays through Thursdays, 7 am to 4 pm program were Cedar Key Police Officer Perry, Cedar Key School Principal Josh Slemp, and Administrator/Teacher in Charge Telicia Winfield.
Details and pictures of the summer program may be viewed by clicking on the links below.
Next summer’s program theme will be the history of Cedar Key, reported Colson.


CITY OF CEDAR KEY
2017 BUDGET TIMELINE,
PROPOSED WORKSHOPS
August 4, 2017
AUG 4 UPDATE CITY Budget Dates 2017 18
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CEDAR KEY 2017-2018
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
UPDATED AUGUST 1, 2017

 

AUGUST 2017

8/1  Cedar Key Arts Center Old Florida Celebration of the Arts 2018 Call to Artists Design Contest Due Date,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/arts-ents/10-arts/3071-2018-ofca-call-to-artists-design-contest

8/1   Cedar Key Historical Preservation Board Meeting, City Hall, 3 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3189-historic-preservation-board-01-august-2017

8/1    City of Cedar Key Commission Meeting, City Hall, 6 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3188-city-commission-agenda-01-august-2017

8/1 City of Cedar Key Budget Workshop, City Hall, following 6 pm Commission Meeting, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3190-ck-budget-workshop-agenda-01-august-2017

8/1  City of Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting and Budget Workshop, City Hall, 6 pm

8/3 City of Cedar Key Budget Workshop Back Up, City Hall,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3182-2017-city-of-cedar-key-budget-schedule


 

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2017 FIREWORKS
CEDAR KEY 
Published just a little late...July 27, 2017
 
Photo by Sam Gibbs
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 CEDAR KEY  PLANS  ANNEXATION OF UNINCORPORATED
ADJACENT LANDS
July 27, 2017

At the July 18, 2017, Cedar Key City Commission meeting, City Attorney Norm Fugate read Ordinance 516 regarding annexation.  The ordinance proposes to annex the unincorporated lands in Sections 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, and 32 Township 15 South, Range 13 East, and the north ½ of Section 5, Township 16 South, Range 13 East, Levy County, Florida.  These lands are adjacent to the municipal boundaries of the City of Cedar Key.

The annexation requires a referendum from the Levy County Supervisor of Elections who will establish a mail ballot special election for a vote of the registered electors of the areas proposed to be annexed.  The majority of those who vote is required for passage; approximately 60 registered voters could cast ballots.

The date of the referendum is planned for September 26, 2017.   This date was left open in this the first reading and will be confirmed it the next reading. Notice of the election will be published in "a newspaper of general circulation in the Area Annexed.”

Mayor Davis commented that the one thing that could guarantee the annexation would be the city’s stance on home occupation. “It is really the only thing that clearly separates us from the county, and especially the enforcement of that.”

Commissioners unanimously approved Ordinance 516.

The Commission has had this topic of annexation on its agendas since October of 2016, has invited public comment, and has responded in full.  The following link will take you to the Cedar Key News article which reported on the first mention of annexation.

http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/2516-city-commission-meets-04-october-2016

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CITY OF CEDAR KEY
2017 BUDGET TIMELINE,
PROPOSED WORKSHOPS
July 216, 2017
 
June 1: Start on Budget Timetable
 
July 1: Property Appraiser Certifies Tax Value
Estimated Taxable Value: $136,500,000
 
August 1: Set Millage Cap
August 1: Budget Workshop
 
August 3: Certifies Completed DR-420
August 3: Budget Workshop (Back Up)
 
August 8: Budget Workshop
 
August 10: Budget Workshop (Back Up)
 
September 5: Tentative Budget Hearing
 
September 7: Send Budget Advertisement
 
September 19: Final Budget Hearing
 
September 21: Send Final Budget Resolutions
 
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HONORING THELMA MCCAIN…
SHELTER BUILDING
July 16, 2017

At the June 6, 2017, Cedar Key City Commission meeting, resident Henry Coulter, in honor of recently-deceased Thelma McCain, requested permission to construct a 10 by 16-foot shelter behind, north, of the Community Center property to shield those who cook there the rain and the sun.  Commissioners unanimously approved the request and voted to pay the $114 permit fee.

As you may know, the area behind the Community Center is used again and again annually for family events, community events, science symposiums, and much more.  And…..it surely can be hot and sometimes rainy.  A shelter would surely be helpful.

Now Mr. Coulter is welcoming funds for the project’s building materials.  All time, labor, and tools will be happily donated.

SO, HOW MIGHT YOU HELP?
 
Donate whatever you can. 
 
Drop by or mail your check to:
Thelma McCain Pavilion
Drummond Bank
Second Street
Cedar Key, Florida 32625
 
Or:
Drop by or mail your check to:
Thelma McCain Pavilion
Cedar Key Christ Episcopal Church
Post Office Box 210
Cedar Key, Florida  32625
 
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COMMISSION MEETS
July 18, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at immediately after the Community Redevelopment Agency adjourned 6:07 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 and Commissioners Dale Register, Royce Nelson, and Nickie Rucker.  Vice-Mayor Sue Colson was not in attendance.
 
Staff in attendance included: Cedar key City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Director Bill Crandley, Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and staffer Donna Risker. 
  
Among those in the audience were:  John McPherson, Bill and Sandy Heckler, Buddy Scoggins, Robin Jocelyn, Michael Hancock, Allison Nelson, Doug Maple, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment was offered.
 
ORIDINANCE NUMBER 516 ANNEXATION
City Attorney Norm Fugate read Ordinance 516 regarding annexation.  The ordinance proposes to annex the unincorporated lands in Sections 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, and 32 Township 15 South, Range 13 East, and the north ½ of Section 5, Township 16 South, Range 13 East, Levy County, Florida.  These lands are adjacent to the municipal boundaries of the City of Cedar Key.
 
The annexation requires a referendum from the Levy County Supervisor of Elections who will establish a mail ballot special election for a vote of the registered electors of the areas proposed to be annexed.  The majority of those who vote is required for passage; approximately 60 registered voters could cast ballots.
 
The date of the referendum is planned to be September 26, 2017.   This date was left open in this the first reading and will be confirmed it the next reading. Notice of the election will be published in "a newspaper of general circulation in the Area Annexed.”
 
Mayor Davis commented that the one thing that could guarantee the annexation would be the city’s stance on home occupation. “It is really the only thing that clearly separates us from the county, and especially the enforcement of that.”
Commissioners unanimously approved Ordinance 516.
 
RESOLUTION 397 BUDGET AMENDMENT
City clerk Gill explained the amendment stating: “This is for the floating dock. We are going to be with drawing money from self-insurance (City Hall Self Insurance account) and moving it to a Marina Capital Outlay account.”  This will allow payment for the floating docks contract.  
 
Commissioners unanimously amended the 2016-2017 budget transferring $24,450.00 to the Marina Cap Outlay account leaving a balance of 79,279.22 in the Self-Insurance account. Commissioner Royce Nelson recused himself from the vote as his company, Triad Residual Management, Inc., was awarded the “2016 Marina Concrete Boat Docks” contract in April of 2016.


 
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MEET WITH
COMMISSIONER COLSON
JULY 24, 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 coffeem and
discuss concerns that you may have regarding the city.
 
 
WHAT?
Meet with a commissioner  
WHEN?  
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
11 am to noon
WHERE?
Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
450 Second Street, Cedar Key
WHY? 
 Here is a chance for participants to be better informed
regarding issues in Cedar Key.

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PUPPET THEATER
IN CEDAR KEY
July 21, 2017

 

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Sisters Lily and Zoe Harris from Acworth, Georgia, visiting Cedar Key residents Bill and Patsy Schossler, recently presented the first puppet show at the Cedar Key Public Library.

 

The brand new puppet theater (assembled by Mike Leiner- thanks, Mike!) along with the puppet tree, full of puppets resembling species children will find around Cedar Key, were provided through the generosity of the Centennial Legacy Grant procured by the Cedar Key Lions Club for the children's room following Hurricane Hermine, which decimated the library.

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39 TREES REMOVED
FROM CEMETERY
July 12, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Fearing that some severely leaning, dead, or badly damaged trees would fall upon a gravesite or a strolling visitor’s head, the City of Cedar Key contracted with that Langston Tree Service of Trenton, Florida, to cut them down. The trees in the cemetery area were carefully selected and dead trees and trees that were deemed a potential hazard if they were to fall during a severe storm were tagged for removal.
 
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Estimates from three tree removal companies were recieved. One of the main concerns in removing trees in the cemetery was not damaging or desturbing the grave sites. This required the use of a large crane which carefully lowered the cut trees and left the cemetery sites intact. The tree stumps were ground down and the area left in good condition. A total of 39 trees were cut and hauled away during the week of July 5, 2017. The planting of new trees in the cemetery is being discussed by the city.
 
 
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BOAT CAPTAINS AND FWC PERSONNEL TREAT
CKS KIDS TO FISHING DAY
July 10, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fifty-seven students in the 2017 Cedar Key School Summer Youth Program spent part of their day today extending their aquaculture/seafood curriculum…and actualizing it.  Indeed, the “best summer youth program ever” was made possible by seven generous Cedar Key boat captains who offered their time, bait, gas, expertise, and boats and some devoted Florida Fish and Wildlife staff members. 
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Bud Collins, Carl Robinson. Denny Voyles, AJ Brown, Stephen Keith, Chad O’Steen, and Mike Allen from the University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station gathered students in groups of four and five.
 
The seven boats made two fishing trips in order to accommodate the fifty-seven students.  The first  group left the Cedar Key Marina at 9:30 am and returned at about 11 am; the second group left at 12:45 pm and returned at 2:30 pm.
 
Critical to the success of the day were Florida Fish and Wildlife staff members:  Shannon McAskill, Hannah Healey, and Courtney Stachowiak.  They herded kids, assisted their fishing, and watched over their safety. 
 
 
 

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Makalynn Bowling, a proud fisherperson, declared, “I caught an 18-inch spotted sea trout.”  One of the girls reported that Mr. Voyles’ boat contained some forty fish after the first tour of the day.  Kaitlin Tindall reported catching a 15-inch speckled sea trout and Alexandrea Brown caught a 16-inch spotted sea trout. 
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This day’s event afforded well over half of the 2017 Summer Youth Program students and, in effect, nearly one quarter of the Cedar Key School students, the opportunity to spend part of their day fishing with the experts.
  
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FWC’S HANNAH HEALEY
CREATES FISHERPERSONS OF SOME
2017 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM STUDENTS
July 11, 2017
 
 
Thanks to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)’s Hannah Healy, many of the 2017 Cedar Key Summer Youth Program students who went fishing Monday, July 10, 2017, knew the essentials of fishing.  From Healey, they had learned fishing basics, the importance of habitats to fish species, proper fish handling and release techniques, and fish identification.
 
FWC offers its free Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program in Cedar Key for youth between the ages of 5 and 15 this summer.  Programs are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm, and began June 6 and will extend through July 27, at the Senator George G. Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory, 11350 SW 153rd Court.
 
Today, many of those students enjoyed using those skills on six Cedar Key charter boats and one University of Florida boat.  Seven generous boat captains and Healey, and FWC’s Shannon McAskill and Courtney Stachowiak made the day possible for these appreciative, excited students.   
 
 
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COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER OFFERING
KIDS BEST SUMMER PROGRAM EVER
July 8, 2017
 
 
The Cedar Key community, pulled together by Cedar Key Vice-Mayor Sue Colson, took incredibly fine care of one hundred Cedar Key area kids this summer for five weeks, from June 12 to July 15, from 7 am to 4 pm, Mondays through Thursdays.  A multi-aged lot were the one hundred:  pre-kindergartners through high school ninth graders attended.
 
The City of Cedar Key provided basic necessary dollars; the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association’s Rosie Cantwell and Sue and Russ Colson cooked for and fed the hundred grits, corn, clams, shrimp, and more; charter boat captains provided a fishing day for all students; Levy County Migrant Program offered funds and next year will offer a teacher or two; devoted Cedar Key School staff worked for nearly no pay to make the program work well.
 

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In charge were Cedar Key School staff Telicia Winfield, ably assisted by her husband, Mrs. Patti Shewey, James Custer, and Cedar Key Police Department’s Officer Perry.
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Officer Perry noted, “This is the most organized summer program yet.  I’ve been assisting for five years and this year is the best.  Every single day, except one, students have enjoyed a learning event of some sort:   a guest speaker, a special lunch, a field trip.” He further noted, “Being able to get into an air-conditioned space during the day has been great.”
 
SCHOOL BASED LOCATION
Best of all, this year, thanks to Principal Josh Slemp’s leadership, students were based in the school’s air conditioned, auditorium.  In past years, the Summer Program has been housed in a very much appreciated but not as perfect a place.   The non-air-conditioned gymnasium, though huge was, after all, not air-conditioned. The Cedar Key Community Center, wonderfully air-conditioned, required dismantling instructional furniture, supplies, projects, and materials for weekend use by others.
 
This school auditorium allowed students their own places to sit, study, store their personal items, and work.  This venue afforded teachers the ability to display student projects, art work, ongoing assignments, and curriculum-based bulletin boards that reinforce learning.
 
While based in the auditorium, students and teachers made full use of the gymnasium, playgrounds, and outside areas as well.  Breaks and periods in the auditorium made for healthier, happier, non-overheated kids….not to mention adults.
 
HEALTHY ACTIVITIES GALORE
Each week, the Summer Program plans an active field trip for the students.  The Get Air Trampoline Park had kids jumping in the air.  Roller skating had them racing around in circles.  Chuck E. Cheese saw them shooting hoops. 
 

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Best of all was the two-day water slide experience on the field at the school.  Two huge air-filled structures were on campus: one for the littler kids to jump in; the other for the larger ones to slide down.  “Nothing could be more fun than this,” said one fifth grader to the News.  “It’s hot this summer; this slide beats the heat!”
 

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CHARTER FISHERMEN TAKE KIDS OUT TO FISH
Coordinated by Carl Robinson, of Robinson’s Seafood, seven local charter fishing boats will take the hindered youngsters fishing.   Initially planned for the older students, nothing would do but that every student have the opportunity.  Consequently, the seven captains will take two separate trips to accommodate the groups. 
 
These captains donate their time, gas, and expertise for these students. 

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DRIVE THROUGH FLORIDA
The Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Services and the Florida Agriculture in the Classroom-produced booklet Drive through Florida: Aquaculture and Seafood, a Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Book provided the basic structure to the five-week program. 
 
The teachers’ and Colson’s intent is to have students learn about the seafoods they eat and the environs in which they are produced.  Students ate alligator, clams, sturgeon, shrimp, blue crab, and mullet. 
With each seafood they learned about, students enjoyed an expert guest speaker.  Bud Collins spoke about blue crabs; Leslie Sturmer spoke about clams; Carl Robinson spoke about mullet.
 
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HONORING OUR MILITARY 2017
(We need your help)
 
 
Cedar Key Volunteer Fire & Rescue is once again making plans to honor our local men and women who are currently serving in the military with our flag display at the number four bridge. Please note this particular project is for currently serving members. We understand all those who have served, intending to serve or are in the reserves are very important also and maybe some day someone can do a different project to recognize those individuals.
     
We need to update our list and do not want to leave anyone off. We are asking that anyone who has family or friends currently serving in any branch of the military and who is from the Cedar Key/Rosewood area, contact the fire department with the name of each service member. If you see a name of someone who is no longer in the military, please let us know.
 
Email info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., drop off at fire station or city hall, or call 352-543-5192. It’s very important for us to receive this information in the next few days. Please see the list below. Anyone wishing to make a donation to this worth while project to help replace lost, damaged and worn supplies can make a donation to the Cedar Key Fire Department.
 
We just want to say THANK YOU to all of our service men and women for putting your lives on the line to protect ours. You are constantly in our prayers.
 
Zack Anderson                 Tyler Anderson                  Montana Beckham
Joseph Bishop                  Nathanael Brinkman         John Henry Collins
Quentin Collins                 Chelsea Colson                 Alan Crews
Jacob Crosby                    Nick Gentry                       Zac Hollifield                    
Rob Ice                             Adam Iovine                      Crystal Jenkins
Larry McCain                    Daniel McCumbers            Ian McNulty
Steven Poole                    Austin Pope                       Jarred Shewey                 
Jerret Westling                 Alex Zografos  
 
 

     
 
COMMISSION MEETS
June 6, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, June 6, 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 Sue Colson, and Commissioners Dale Register, Royce Nelson, and Nickie Rucker.
 
Staff in attendance included: Cedar key City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Director Bill Crandley, Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and staffer Donna Risker. 
 
Among those in the audience were: Henry Coulter, Bill Rucker, “Coach,” James Custer, Buddy Coggins, Terry Kite, Barbara Boyd, Michael Hancock, John Blouse, Connie and Mike O’Dell, Pat Tyson, Frank Patillo, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
SHELTER CONSTRUCTION:
Resident Henry Coulter, in honor of recently-deceased Thelma McCain, requested permission to construct a 10 by 16-foot shelter behind, north, of the Community Center property to shield those who cook in the area, from the rain and the sun.  Commissioners unanimously approved the request and voted to pay the $114 permit fee.
 
DOCK STREET EROSION:
Commissioner Royce Nelson reported the eroding of the newly repaired Dock Street (C Street) Bridge.  Bridge replacement is scheduled for 2020, he said, and urged the mayor to telephone the Florida Department of Transportation and request action sooner.  Mayor Davis said he would do so.
 
AUDIT REPORT:
Purvis, Gray and Company, LLP, Certified Public Accountants with offices in Gainesville, Ocala, Tallahassee, and Sarasota, have been the city’s auditors for years.  This evening, Terry Kite presented the company’s “Financial Statements and Independent Auditors’ Reports” for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. 
 
All funds and transactions were found to be in order.  Contained within the report is the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency debt which is currently being paid within the dictates of the contract with SunTrust Bank.    Copies of the audit report are available at City Hall.
 
LICENSE REQUEST TO EXTEND PRIVATE PROPERTY INTO PUBLIC LAND
Pat Tyson of 626 Second Street requested a license to extend his front porch or front porch steps into the public property in front of his house.  Commissioners directed him to return with a survey by a registered surveyor and drawings showing the existing building and proposed addition. The drawings should show the building setbacks from the property line and street and the encroachment of the new addition into the city street right-of-way.
 
CITY KIOSK ELECTRIC, WATER METERING FEE STRUCTURE
Public Works Director Bill Crandley presented suggestions regarding how fees might be structured for the newly installed electric and water meters at the five outside Marina kiosks.  After some discussion, commissioners voted to charge the leasers the amount registered on the meter monthly.  
 
HOUSE BOAT, LIVE ABOARD DISCUSSION
Brought forward by Fire Chief Robert Robinson because of a fire aboard a houseboat docked in Cedar Key, commissioners discussed their stance on “live-aboards.”  Robinson pointed out the dangers of attempting to put out a fire when access to the fire is limited to a three-foot walkway; no access to the sides or the opposite end of the boat exists, limiting his effectiveness. And increasing the danger to the fire fighters.
 
Nelson reported that he knew of two live-aboards, both of whom have sewer access directly with the Cedar Key Water Sewer District.  Other commissioners reported more, five or six, live-aboards about town.  No mention of their sewage arrangements was made.
 
Vice-Mayor Sue Colson reminded commissioners that the Clean Marina designation requires that certain standards be met and live-aboards are not part of them.
Commissioners decided to send the live-aboard matter to the Cedar Key Land Planning Agency to resolve the contradictions in the Laws of Cedar Key that address it.  Some language reads live-aboards are legal if they abide by a stringent set of rules; others are far broader.


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SHARE YOUR PERCEPTIONS
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June 8, 2017
 
WHAT?  The 2017 Tri-County Community Health Survey
 
WHEN?  from May 25 through July 28
 
WHO? Dixie, Gilchrist, and Levy County community members
 
WHY? Survey results, along with research and health related data,
will be used to assess the counties’ most pressing health needs.
 
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HURRICANE AWARENESS,
HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY
June 1, 2014
 
  
 
 
Ever aware of the hazards of island living, and particularly during hurricane season, Cedar Key Emergency Director / Fire Chief Robert Robinson organized and orchestrated Cedar Key’s Hurricane Awareness / Hazardous Waste Day on Thursday, May 25.  Robinson’s goals were to provide a plethora of practical, helpful emergency planning information and a place to discard all household hazardous waste, all in one easy-to-get-to location.   And, in keeping with the Chief’s ways, that is exactly what he did.
Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, all Cedar Key commissioners, and more than one two hundred and residents’ availed themselves of the services offered at the Cedar Key Community Center.
 
CEDAR KEY ISLAND REENTRY PASSES
Police Chief Virgil Sandlin designed different reentry passes for residents, businesses, employees, and volunteers.  With the assistance of Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, the passes were disseminated.
 
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INFORMATION GALORE
Cedar Key Water and Sewer District General Manager John McPherson met with residents, presented his “Hurricane Preparedness Guide,” and talked about Cedar Key’s water and sewer utilities before, during, and after storms.  Click here to access this important material:  http://www.ckwater.org/District_Hurricane_Pamphlet_5.25.16.pdf
 

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The American Red Cross’s Bianca Esprit and her able assistant, Sibyl Jose, provided hurricane safety checklists, volunteer opportunities, common home fire prevention, and more. 
 
Levy Emergency Medical Technician Jason Matchett explained to visitors the Vail of Life Program which encourages people to place critical emergency health information in one place in their homes for quick access by EEMTs.  Matchett also spoke in detail about the Ready, Set, Go Program, on fire preparedness. 
 
The Florida Department of Health was present offering a multitude of programs designed to improve and maintain health ranging from diabetes prevention to Medicaid outreach.
 
 
 
Central Florida Electrical Cooperative Representative Ryan Watson demonstrated the dangers of downed power lines and the hazards to those who attempt to rescue individuals near those lines.  Watson’s interactive display showed how quickly and lethally current travels.  Watson is available to talk to appropriate groups and may be reached at the Chiefland CFEC office.
 
Levy County Animal Services provided important information about pets, advising: if you evacuate, take your pet, remember pet records and identification, and find a pet-friendly place to go beforehand; if you do not evacuate, keep your pet leashed, prepare enough food and particularly water, and much more.  Levy County Animal Services operates an Emergency Pet Shelter at 12055 NE 69 Lane, Bronson, located at the Levy County Landfill.
 
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LUNCH
The Cedar Key Woman’s Club offered laborers and visitors hot dogs, lemonade, and brownies, cookies, and other assorted desserts.  Susan Rosenthal, Jan Hendrix, Rosemary Denisi, Eileen Senecal, and Chris Black, served the crews.
 
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HAZARDOUS WASTE
While the events inside of the Community Center focused upon hurricane preparedness, Cedar Key Public Works staff worked outside the Center where residents disposed of paints, poisons, adhesives, insecticides, batteries, aerosol cans, and a host of other unneeded household waste materials.
 
 
 
 
HISTORY
According to Commissioner Sue Colson, hazardous waste collection is required by ordinance.  Years ago, Cedar Key commissioners decided that while collecting waste, they would use the opportunity for residents also to gather the latest hurricane information.  To ease access and increase community participation, they moved the event from the Community Center on Seventh Street to the Firehouse downtown.  Hence, Cedar Key’s Annual Drive-In Hurricane Day and Household Hazardous Waste Day commenced. 
 
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THANKS
The Hurricane Awareness and Hazardous Waste Day requires careful planning, coordination, and, most of all, dedication, to the safety and welfare of the area’s citizenry.  The city, Robinson, Sandlin, Colson, Sharp, Crandley, Hathcock, Hodge, McPherson, and the Levy County   individuals, many of whom were volunteers, deserve our thanks.  
 
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COMMISSION MEETS
May 17, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, May 17, 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:  Commissioners Dale Register and Royce Nelson, newly re-elected Heath Davis and Sue Colson, and newly elected Nickie Rucker.
Staff in attendance included: Cedar key City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Director Bill Crandley, Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and staffer Donna Risker. 
  
Among those in the audience were: Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, Doris  Hellerman, Jenny Pinto, Nik and Jim Mason, Ed Butler, Wynne Simpson, Michael Hancock, Nin and Dan Garrett, John Caddigan, Chris Ford, Peggy Herrick, Bill Rucker, Don Campbell, Joe and Kerri Catalano, Don Fox, Molly Jubitz, Sharu Sandlin, Rick Viele, Kay Probst, Mac and Nita Cox, Andrew Gude, Susie Horner, Beth Mizell, Chris Reynolds, Linda Seyfert, Doug Maple, Doug Tilgen, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
To reference the agenda and commission package for this meeting, click on the following link:    CommAgendaPkt_16May2017
 
 
COMISSIONERS SWORN IN
In the City of Cedar Key, commissioners serve for two-year terms.  Each year, elections are conducted for two or three open seats which alternate ensuring continuity. 
This year, three seats were open:  Heath Davis in Seat One, Diana Topping Vacated Seat Three, and Sue Colson in Seat Five.  Davis and Colson ran unopposed.  Seat Three was vied for by candidates Chris Topping and Nicki Rucker; Rucker won the election, 178 to 33.
 
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Annually, the reseated and newly seated commissioners swear the Oath of Office; as did Davis, Colson, and Rucker this meeting.
 
MAYOR, VICE MAYOR ELECTED
So, too, must the new commission elect a mayor and vice mayor from amongst themselves.  Heath Davis was elected mayor in a 5 to 0 vote conducted by City Clerk Nicole Gill; Sue Colson was elected vice-mayor in a 5 to 0 vote conducted by Mayor Davis.
 
DEPARTMENT HEADS REAPPOINTED
Department heads are rehired each year upon the seating of new commissioners.  The following department heads were rehired in 5 to 0 votes: City Attorney Norm Fugate, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Director Robert Robinson, Public Works Director Bill Crandley, City Clerk Nicole Gill.  Police Chief Virgil Sandlin was rehired in a 3 to 2 vote:  Colson, Register, and Rucker voted yea; Davis and Nelson voted nay.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
BUESING MEMORIAL PLANNED
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 1 pm, a memorial ceremony for Marine Brian Buesing will take place at the Cedar Key Cemetery.  Buesing was the first Iraq casualty from Cedar Key.  The public is invited to attend the memorial.
 
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM IN NEED
Vice-Mayor Sue Colson reported that the Summer Youth Program is planned with an exciting curriculum reflective of Cedar Key Aquaculture and featuring UF Nature Coast Biological Station and US Fish and Wildlife personnel.
 
Colson reported that the program remains in need of funds.  Anyone wishing to donate any amount may drop it off at City Hal.
 
Click here for more information about the summer youth program: 
 
HAZARDOUS WASTE AND HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS DAY
Vice-Mayor Sue Colson announced that on Thursday, May 25, is Cedar Hurricane Preparedness / Hazardous Waste Day.  From 9am to 1pm, county agencies will be present in the Community Center with information and advice on hurricane preparedness while city personnel will be available to take your household hazardous materials and dispose of them properly.  Such proper disposal eliminates the possibility of these paint cans, oils, pesticides, etc. from landing in front yards or floating into Cedar Key’s clean waters.


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