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 CEDAR KEY CRA MEETS
January 2, 2018
 
 
Meeting Specifics:
The Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency met on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 6 pm at the newly renovated Cedar Key City Hall.   Present were:  Chair Royce Nelson, Vice-Chair Sue Colson, and members Dale Register, Heath Davis, and Nickie Rucker.
 
Staff in attendance included: CRA Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Supervisor James Custer, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, Assistant to the City Clerk Brandy Knight, and Legal Assistant to Mr. Fugate Leslie Landress.
 
 
Among those in the audience were: Beth Mizell, Peggy Herrick, Jan and Steve Stackhouse, Rosie Cantwell, Leslie Sturmer, Linda Seyfert, Allison Nelson, Savanna Barry, John Blouse, Tina Ryan, Jeri and Bob Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment was offered.
 
MINUTES APPROVED
Minutes from the November 7, 2017, Community Redevelopment Agency meeting were unanimously approved.
 
CITY LETTER TO SUNTRUST
Chair Royce Nelson shared the city’s November 9, 2017, correspondence to SunTrust Vice President Ken Schult stating that the Cedar Key CRA thanks SunTrust for its correspondence but does not accept the terms presented.
 
FLORIDA CHIEF INSPECTOR GENERAL’S CORRESPONDENCE 
Amid other past correspondence, Nelson shared the November 6, 2016, Florida Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel’s correspondence stating that: the state understands the current CRA financial situation; and unless the financial situation changes, the CRA is not obligated to provide notification to the state when it fails to make a debt service payment.  
 
AVAILABLE FUNDS APPROVED FOR PAYMENT
CRA members unanimously approved Chair Nelson’s request to forward the available CRA dollars, in the amount of $335,755.65, minus one dollar to keep the bank account open, to SunTrust Bank.  A portion of those dollars will pay down the principal.  Nelson remarked that he was not certain if the bank had a penalty for early payments.
 
 
MEETING ADJOURNED
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:06 pm.
 
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 CEDAR KEY COMMISSION
MEETS IN CITY HALL
January 2, 2018
 
Meeting Specifics:
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 6:06 pm, immediately after the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency adjourned, at the newly renovated Cedar Key City Hall.   Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Sue Colson and Commissioners Royce Nelson, Dale Register, and Nickie Rucker.
 
Staff in attendance included: City of Cedar Key Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Supervisor James Custer, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, Assistant to the City Clerk Brandy Knight, and Legal Assistant to Mr. Fugate Leslie Landress. 
 
Among those in the audience were: Beth Mizell, Peggy Herrick, Jan and Steve Stackhouse, Rosie Cantwell, Leslie Sturmer, Linda Seyfert, Allison Nelson, Savanna Barry, John Blouse, Tina Ryan, Jeri and Bob Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
RIBBON CUTTING
Celebrating the first meeting in the newly renovated City Hall, Mayor Davis and Vice-Mayor Colson held the red ribbon while Commissioners Register, Nelson, and Rucker did the cutting.  Davis thanked all the individuals who worked to complete the building.  He specifically mentioned Fire Chef Robert Robinson who oversaw the entire reconstruction and Steamers’ owner Dennis Gill who, at no cost to the city, designed, installed, and managed the building’s information technology, from computer connections to security systems.
 
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Vice-Mayor Sue Colson thanked all city staff who, in addition to performing their normal full-time job activities, contributed to the City Hall efforts.  She stated regretting not having celebrated the holidays as is normally done but understood all were busy moving for the third time in a year and a half.
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PUBLIC COMMENT
Natures Landing Manager Tina Ryan read a short memorandum from Patricia Jennings, President “on behalf of the Board of Directors and owners” of the Island Place on C and First Streets.  The correspondence articulated the Island Place’s interest in using the spoils dredged from under the C Street Bridge to replenish its beach area when the dredging effort begins. Mayor Davis thanked Ryan and will process the letter as the dredging efforts progress.  


CEDAR KEY CITY HALL
GRAND OPENING
January 4, 2018
 

On September 2, 2016, Hurricane Hermine hit Cedar Key.  One year, four months later, the City of Cedar Key is again operating from its own City Hall.   Through moves to and from a  temporary trailer and many transactions with FEMA and insurance companies, the rebuilding commenced and was completed, much to the appreciation of residents and staff alike.  

At 5 pm on January 2, 2018, City of Cedar Key staff welcomed area residents to the newly renovated, remodeled, refurbished City Hall.  Wonderfully reminiscent of the old City Hall, the building is both warmly familiar while dramatically upgraded.   

Familiar are the hardwood floors, the wainscoted meeting room area, the full, long windows, and the receptionist area as one enters the same front door.

Upgrades are many:  five monitors in the meeting room, handicapped assessible bathrooms, a thorough security system, space in the rear to seat ten people comfortably.

Staff served visitors quiche, small pizzas, and beef Wellington hors d oeuvres and provided personalized tours throughout the small complex.   From 5 until 6 pm, a loop of pictures taken as construction was ongoing riveted viewers.  You will see these soon on this Cedar Key News site or on the city’s website.

Celebrating the first meeting in the newly repaired City Hall, Mayor Davis and Vice-Mayor Colson held the red ribbon while Commissioners Register, Nelson, and Rucker cut the it.  Davis thanked all the individuals who worked to complete the building.  He specifically mentioned Fire Chef Robert Robinson who oversaw the entire reconstruction and on Steamers’ owner Dennis Gill who, at no cost to the city, designed, installed, and managed the building’s information technology, from computer connections to security systems.

Expect construction pictures soon.

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CEDAR KEY 2018
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
UPDATED JANUARY 1, 2018

JANUARY

1/2    City of Cedar Key City Hall Grand Opening and Commission Meeting, City Hall, 5 and 6 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3531-city-hall-grand-re-opening

http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3528-city-commission-agenda-02-january-2018

1/2 City of Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting , City Hall, 6 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3529-cra-meeting-agenda-02-january-2018

1/6 Cedar Key Arts Center Gallery Opening, Cedar Key Arts Center 5 – 7 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/arts-ents/10-arts/3463-ckac-december-workshops-2018

1/8 Book Bunch Fiction, Cedar Key Library, 1:30 pm, http://www.cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3377-book-bunch-march-2017-2018-book-selections-2


 
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City Commission
to meet in City Hall
 29 DECEMBER 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the September City Commission meeting, Fire Chief Robert Robinson reported that FEMA’s processing of papers and the financing City Hall’s renovation had stalled with the advent of Hurricane Harvey and additionally Hurricane Irma.  FEMA monies were being delayed, and the insurance dollars were not available.
 
A recommendation was made to the commission by city staff to proceed with the approved floor plan and repair the building as it sits and not to elevate it. Some new items would have to be eliminated and existing ones repaired.
 
Robinson said that if work could start immediately the contractors could have the building repaired and opened before Xmas.
 
Commissioners unanimously decided not to wait for FEMA money to become available and to begin construction with insurance monies now.
 
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City Hall is now open and has been functioning for about two weeks as the final changes are completed. New furniture has been assembled, phones and IT equipment installed and tweaked, the exterior has a new coat of paint and new landscaping is in the process of being completed.
 
A Grand Opening is planned for next Tuesday, January 2 at 5 pm, before the start of the city commission meeting. Everyone is invited.
 
Come and see what has been accomplished, through many hours of hard work and setbacks, by a dedicated and persevering Chief Robinson the City Staff.
 
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LEVY 4-H IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TROPICANA HOST COUNTY PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

December 19, 2017

BRONSON, FL – On Tuesday, December 5, Levy County 4-H in partnership with Tropicana hosted their county competition for the 4-H / Tropicana Public Speaking Program. Top winners from around the county came together to shine as they wowed the judges while presenting their speeches. In order to advance to the county competition, each winner must earn a top spot at the classroom, grade, and school divisions before advancing to the final round within the county. A district competition is later in the year.

This year's event was a success with seven schools represented and over 1,000 youth participants vying for a spot to compete at the county competition. The county competition consists of three grade divisions: 4th/5th Grade, 6th Grade, and 7th/8th Grade. Each grade division earns a plaque and a full scholarship to attend Camp Cherry Lake in June. The division winners for this year were as follows:

4th/5th Grade Division  
Miss Ashlynn Cannon, Bronson Elementary,
with a speech titled 'Animal Abuse'
6th Grade Division
Miss Ella Gore, Chiefland Middle,
with a speech titled 'The Football Coach's Daughter'
7th/8th Grade Division
Miss Reagan Varnes, Chiefland Middle,
with a speech titled 'Bacon'
 
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COMMISSION MEETS
December 5, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 6 pm, in the trailer, the temporary home of Cedar Key City Hall after Hurricane Hermine.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Sue Colson, and commissioners Dale Register, Royce Nelson, and Nickie Rucker. 

Staff in attendance included: City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Supervisor James Custer, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Assistant to the City Clerk Brandy Knight. 

Among those in the audience were: Rebecca Gallagher, Savanna Barry, Allison Nelson, Andrew Gude, Mac Cox, Esta Johnson, Rose Cantwell, Mandy and Frank Offerle, and Lions Greg and Marsha Harrigan, Mike Hodges, Judy Howerton, Joan Selby, and Steve and Mrs. Preisman,

PUBLIC COMMENT
SECOND DECEMBER COMMISSION MEETING (19 December) CANCELLED:
Before asking for public comment, Mayor Davis apologized for the expansive agenda, explaining that its length is, in part, due to the commission’s choice to limit commission meetings to once a month in November and December in deference to the holidays.
 
LIONS AWARD COMMISSION:
Cedar Key Lion Mike Hodges presented the Cedar Key City Commission with its award of appreciation for working so closely with the Lions to produce a successful Seafood Festival this past October.
 
SEAHORSE AND SNAKE KEY PROPOSED CLOSURE:
Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges Manager Andrew Gude reminded commissioners of the precarious nesting of the birds on both Seahorse and Snake Keys.  He announced that he is in the process of requesting that both keys have an appropriately signed, 300-foot buffer, from March 1 through June into which no boats may enter to preserve the quiet and safety of the nesting birds.   Gude will return with updates as his request works its way through the Fish and Wildlife approval process.
 
BUSY DECEMBER 9:
Vice Mayor Colson reminded all the upcoming Saturday, December 9, events, beginning with the Methodist Church Cookie Walk, the Taste of Cedar Key, Christmas in the Park, Santa Clam’s arrival, and ending with the Boat Parade; she encouraged all to attend.
 
COLSON’S CONCERNS:
Colson voiced her concerns about recent vandalism in Cemetery Point Park and requested that the Cedar Key Police Department closely monitor that park, City Park, Shell Pile behind the Blue Marina, and non-working street lights.  
 
ANNEXATION RESULTS
Mayor Davis presented the Official Certificate of the County Canvassing Board for Cedar Key’s Special Annexation Election of November 9, 2017, which contained the election results:   56 individuals voted; 50 voted no and 6 voted yes.

Davis reiterated that the city has provided many services for all area residents for years in good faith.  He posed the questions:  What lessons come from these election results? What follows?  Ought the city scale back in some areas?  What changes are affected in construction and permitting?

Davis also asked if now was the time to do nothing.  He asked commissioners to consider the results and potential actions for the future.

WASTE PRO
Mayor Davis explained that Levy County is no longer recycling glass and that failure affects the city’s Waste Pro agreement. 


SCHOOL AND CITY JOIN TO MAKE
KIDS’ CHRISTMAS GREAT
December 8, 2017
 
 
Cedar Key School and the City of Cedar Key, aided by many community donations, created a magical night for well over one hundred pre-kindergarteners through fifth graders last evening, Thursday, December 7.  In years past, the Children's Christmas Program has been located at the Cedar Key Community Center;  this evening, the event took place at the richly decorated second home of the students.
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Gym bleachers were packed full well before the 5:45 pm progrm with grandmothers, grandfathers, moms, dads, infants, toddlers, relatives, and friends.      At precisely the appointed time, Cedar Key School Principal Josh Slemp welcomed the audience, made several announcements, and introduced pre-kindergarteners. 

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On the risers climbed ten four-year-olds, dressed in reds, silver sparkles, shades of green, and some topped with Santa caps.  Gleefully, they sang “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.”  Each grade followed in turn upon the risers and sang two Christmas tunes, ranging in solemnity from “Away in a Manger” to “Holly, Jolly Christmas.”
Performances became more elaborate and animated as the grades progressed.  The fifth graders punctuated their  “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” rendition with fingers pointed at the adduce when the word “you” was uttered and feet stomped on other cue words.
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At 6”30 pm sharp, the singing students filed out of the gymnasium with their teachers while the audience proceeded half to eat hamburgers and hot dogs, and cookies in the Cafeteria and the other half to visit Santa in the Auditorium. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The room where Santa sat was a hive of activity.  Santa, enthroned upon the stage and surrounded by a Christmas tree and other festoonery, sat with every child and listened attentively to his wishes.  Children could occupy themselves with activities of the season while they waited to speak personally to Santa.  Some eight tables were arranged with materials:  some children wrote letters to Santa and mailed them to him in mailboxes labeled Santa and North Pole; others colored cards to mail to lonely nursing home patients; still more created their own Christmas tree decorations from reindeer, trees, and sleigh precut forms.
 
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Every child took home a “goodie bag” containing and edible and an ornament.  In addition, each child participated in a raffle that awarded ten bicycles of various sizes to the winners.
 
The Cedar Key School Scholastic Book Fair was also open in the Library for all to visit. The proceeds of all sales will go to provide new books for the students.   
 

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Best of all, each Santa visitor and parent  received a picture of himself with Santa.
 
Editor’s Note:  Hard to say how many worked so diligently on this effort, but surely among them are City Hall staff members Crystal, Telicia, and Brandy.   Principal Slemp’s knows how very hard his staff worked; Cedar Key News noted Ms. Bailey and Ms. Cato.  As everyone in town knows, Fire Chief Robinson, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, and Vice-Mayor Sue Colson are more than integral to the evening’s success
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CHRISTMAS
IN CEDAR KEY 2017
 
December 7, 2017
 
 
 
 

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go” in Cedar Key.  Locals do much to make that happen.

City Park has tall cedars brightly lighted, the pavilion laced with swimming dolphins, the gazebo festooned, and lights turned into canes with wreaths.  Each light, dolphin, bow, and wreath were put in place with great care by the Robinson family, Fire Chief Robert Robinson’s family.

The Christmas tree on the beach was constructed by Sue and Russ Colson, Ray and Karla Ermel, Rory and Rosie Cantwell, and Mary Ellen Szper.  A rue Cedar Key Christmas tree, presents beneath the tree are traps, ice chests topped with fish, poinsettias, and Christmas ornaments.  

Many thanks to those who make Cedar Key’s evenings bright and beautiful. 

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NO CEDAR KEY CITY
COMMISSION MEETING
WILL OCCUR ON
DECEMBER 19, 2017.
 
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS. 
 
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CEMETERY POINT PARK
IN THE FALL…
COULDN’T BE NICER!
November 27, 2017
 

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 Thanks to the Cedar Key City Commission and its Public Works Department, the three palms were transported from Airport Road, where the temporary new bridge is being built,  to the Cemetery Point Park last week. The trees were located on private property and would have been destroyed due the path of the new temporary bridge and connecting road. The Egret's Pass Homeowners Association offered the three Sabal Palms to the City and they were then relocated by the Publics Works Department to Cemetery Point Park. 
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MEET WITH
COMMISSIONER COLSON
NOVEMBER 27, 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, November 27, 2017
11 am to noon
WHERE?
Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
450 Second Street, Cedar Key
WHY? 
Be better informed
Discuss what's happening in the city

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THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM WILL TAKE PLACE AT CEDAR KEY SCHOOL ON DECEMBER 7, 2017, AT 5:45 PM.

 

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CURRENT STATUS OF RECYCLING
IN CEDAR KEY
November 27, 2017

Like many folks in Levy County, you are probably wondering why we can no longer recycle glass.  The reason is that, Strategic Materials, a glass recycling facility in Jacksonville, no longer accepts glass.  Another Strategic Materials, located in Sarasota also declined to accept glass from Levy County.  So with no place take the glass, the County stopped accepting glass for recycling and instead now trucks it to a landfill where they pay to dispose of it.  A ton of glass is about two cubic yards; it takes up a lot of space.  The County's position has always been that they have to at least break even when recycling, but now the County is in a position that it cost them money not to recycle.


 

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COMMISSION DISCUSSES
  MARINA IN WORKSHOP  
November 7, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
Conducting its Mania Workshop, the Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 6:25 pm, immediately after the Community Redevelopment Agency adjourned and the City Commission Meeting adjourned, in the trailer, the temporary home of Cedar Key City Hall after Hurricane Hermine.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Chair Sue Colson, and commissioners Royce Nelson, Dale Register, 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 Supervisor James Custer, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, Assistant to the City Clerk Brandy Knight, and Legal Assistant to Mr. Fugate Leslie Landress. 
 
Among those in the audience were: Nin Jarrett, Rebecca Gallagher, John Blouse, Linda Seyfert, Rosie Cantwell, Bill Rucker, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
MARINA WORKSHOP
Mayor Heath Davis opened the workshop explaining that much of the meeting’s comprehensive backup packet included:  minutes from past commission meetings, engineering plans containing ramp changes, 2016 guidelines, previous Marina Workshops notes, a Marina Channel Maintenance Dredge Contract, and Scope of Work, and more.
Commissioner Colson read a list of the past ten years accomplishments to the Cedar Key Marina:
 
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 COMMISSION MEETS
November 7, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 6:10 pm, immediately after the Community Redevelopment Agency adjourned, in the trailer, the temporary home of Cedar Key City Hall after Hurricane Hermine.  Present were:  Chair Royce Nelson, Vice-Chair Sue Colson, and members Dale Register, Heath Davis, and Nickie Rucker. 

Staff in attendance included: CRA Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Supervisor James Custer, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, Assistant to the City Clerk Brandy Knight, and Legal Assistant to Mr. Fugate Leslie Landress. 

Among those in the audience were: Nin Jarrett, Rebecca Gallagher, John Blouse, Linda Seyfert, Rosie Cantwell, Bill Rucker, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.

PUBLIC COMMENT
TRASH RECEPTACLES:
Resident Lynn Jarrett complained that the trash and recycle receptacles have been removed from the Gulf and Whiddon area and should be replaced as he receptacles’ prior contents are now littered about the area.  Mayor Heath Davis responded that the commission would attempt to resolve the matter.
 
SIERRA CLUB REMINDER:
Vice-Mayor Colson reminded all present that the Sierra Club Florida Climate Change Conference and John Muir Tribute will occur at the Community Center this Friday and Saturday.  Online registration is required.
 
ORDINANCE 519 CEMETERY
The second reading of Ordinance 519 was unanimously approved.  After its approval, commissioners voted 4 to 0, Rucker abstained, to alter Commissioner Nickie Rucker’s title from Cedar Key Cemetery Liaison to Cemetery Director.
Vice-Mayor Colson distributed the Shiloh Cemetery Association Newsletter and suggested commissioners review it at their leisure and, perhaps, glean helpful information for Cedar Key Cemetery.  The Association, according to the Newsletter masthead, “is a private, not-for-profit institution organized for the management, maintenance and improvement of Shiloh Cemetery in Sumner, Florida.”  The organization provides regular newsletters, clean-up efforts, information about fees, reservations, progress reports, and more.  
 
CITY HALL MITIGATION
Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, at Mayor Davis’ request, updated the commission on the renovation of City Hall.   He explained that examination of the building’s foundation revealed at least four renovations, reworkings, shorings-up, and/or alterations over the years.  Joists go in different directions; some foundation beams go into the ground, others are grounded in other foundation materials.  “All kinds of different bases” are there and at “different levels,” Robinson reported. 
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uch a complicated foundation makes the raising of the building most risky, Robinson advised.  After consulting with other contractors and builders, he believes that upon attempting to raise it, the building would not fare well.  He doesn’t think the building “can stand it,” “that it might get all torn to pieces” raising it.
 
Commissioners unanimously approved the suggestion not to raise the building and to proceed with reconstruction under Robinson’s direction.  Robinson reported that he believed that the crew will be well on its way to completing construction in December.  
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 ANNEXATION FAILS
November 8, 2017

The annexation of properties south of the Number Four Bridge into the City of Cedar Key was voted upon yesterday, November 7, 2017.  Last evening, the Levy Supervisor of Elections office informed city officials that the unofficial count of votes was six yea votes and 50 nay votes.

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CEDAR KEY CRA MEETS
November 7, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics:
The Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency met on Tuesday, November 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 Nickie Rucker.

Staff in attendance included: CRA Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, Public Works Supervisor James Custer, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, Assistant to the Citty Clerk Brandy Knight, and Legal Assistant to Mr. Fugate Leslie Landress.  

Among those in the audience were: Nin Jarrett, Rebecca Gallagher, John Blouse, Linda Seyfarth, Rosie Cantwell, Bill Rucker, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.

PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment was offered.
 
SUNTRUST BOND
At the last, September 5, 2017, CRA meeting, Chair Nelson presented members with an August 20, 2017, letter from SunTrust Vice-President Ken Schult declaring the Cedar Key CRA is in “default” and offering, again, to restructure the loan.  After considerable discussion that September evening and after a 3 to 2 vote, commissioners then elected  to talk further with SunTrust.

This evening, Chair Nelson presented the group with the October 3, 2017, SunTrust response, a Term Sheet, to restructure the original $9,200,000 Tax-Exempt Bank Qualified Loan. 

The Term Sheet includes the statement, “Although the following provisions, terms and conditions are intended to be comprehensive, they are not necessarily inclusive of all anticipated terms that will be applicable to the credit.  All of such terms will be set forth in the final, definitive loan amendment documents, and all such terms must be acceptable to the Bank and its counsel.”  One wonders what exactly what is not included in the proposed offer.

Commissioners voted unanimously to respond to SunTrust with the message that “the CRA is not accepting the terms as presented.”

MINUTES APPROVED
Minutes from the September 5, 2017, CRA meeting were unanimously approved.
 
MEETING ADJOURNED
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:10 pm.
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GLASS RECYCLING HALTED
IN LEVY COUNTY
November 4, 2017
 
Editor’s Note
Two pieces of communication follow regarding the “temporary” elimination of glass recycling in our area.  The first, Wilbur Dean’s letter to the City of Cedar Key, was emailed to the city on October 31, 2017, and received by the Cedar Key News on November 3, 2017.  The second, from Waste Pro, is dated November 1, 2017.  Both warrant full reading.

WILBUR DEAN’S CORRESPONDENCE

Ms. Dayna this email is to confirm that Levy County is no longer able to receive glass as a recyclable because we have no venders that will take it.  Thank You and all your customers for working with us. We are perusing all opportunities to find someone to take glass out of our waste stream. Once again Thank You for all the work and effort that Waste Pro does in keeping our communities clean.

Wilbur Dean
Levy County Board of County Commission
P.O. Box 310
Bronson, FL 32621
Office:  352-486-5218
Fax:  352-486-5167
Cell:  352-443-9346
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WASTE PRO CORRESPONDENCE

LOGO WASTE PRO

November 1, 2017

To our municipal partners in Levy County:

Recently, we were notified by Levy County that their recycling disposal facility is no longer accepting glass in the recycle stream.  Please see the attached email from Mr. Wilbur Dean, Levy County Administrator.  All across the United States, cities and counties, such as Levy County, are struggling with the fact there is no economic value derived for recycling processors to accept glass. Therefore there is virtually no market for glass to be recycled. This means glass is either stockpiled or landfilled at this time.

For the past couple of years, an enormous challenge to cities and counties is communicating the current situation with glass recycling to residents. This situation is compounded by the fact that glass and organics in the recycling stream (contamination) will not be accepted by the processing companies to which we send the sorted material.  Companies like Waste Pro are aggressively working with cities and counties to explain this temporary situation. The market will come back, we just don’t know when.

We also recognize that glass going to landfills has a negative perception, yet from an environmental standpoint, it is simply silica (sand) with no environmental impact, as described in the Atlanta article below. However, glass is also extremely abrasive which accelerates wear and tear on recycling equipment, again, with no marketable value.

Many waste and recycling companies typically operate Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) that receive paper, cardboard, plastic and formerly glass.  Recycling material is sorted at these facilities and sent to recycling processors that return (sell) the product back into the marketplace. Again, if there is no market, processors won’t accept the product. Waste Pro operates very large (500,000 square foot automated MRF in Atlanta) and small MRFs sized to the local market such as in Ocala and Sarasota/ Bradenton, Florida.

At Waste Pro, our goal is to process as much recycled waste as possible. We look forward to continued technological advances in markets for all recycling, including glass.

 

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Sincerely,
Trip Lancaster, Division Manager
Waste Pro of Florida, Inc.
8470 NW 168th Lane
Fanning Springs, Florida 32693
 
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Cedar Key’s
48th Annual
Seafood Festival
 
The Cedar Key 48th Annual Seafood Festival was held October 21 & 22. This year’s festival was well attended. The weather was beautiful and Second Street and the City Park was full of visitors and locals enjoying the festival and the day in Cedar Key.
 
 
 
 
The ribbon cutting for the Big Bend Shellfish Trail was held on Saturday. The Big Bend Shellfish Trail and map was designed to promote tourism and show off the features of the Big Bend area. Maps can be obtained at the Cedar Key Visitor Center.
When festival-goers were asked what they liked about the festival, the number one answer was the food. When it came to food, there was plenty and plenty variety. Of course, there was seafood in many varieties: clam dinner bowl, New England style clam chowder, Minorcan clam chowder, smoked mullet dip, corn on the cob and the list goes on.
 
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The Seafood Festival was not short on Arts and Crafts either. There were carved wooden items, paintings on wood and wooden toys. Carl Busse of Santa’s Hardwood Toy Shop says he will be going out of business. He will be at one more festival. He said there used to two toy makers and now there will not be any. Handmade jewelry abounded. One vendor Talpole Designer Coin Jewelry makes her jewelry out of old coins. Tabitha Lauer, the artist and owner, said, “We’ve moved to Cedar Key.” Her and her husband were here last year and really liked Cedar Key and decided to move. Vendors presented paintings and photos of everything imaginable, lots of soaps and lotions, a myriad of sauces and spices, honey, stained glass pieces and butterflies made from 2-litre plastic bottles.
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Patty Jett from the Cedar Key Art Center had set up a painting studio for the children at the festival. Jett said, “We used to set up specific crafts with directions. Now, we just give the kids a brush and paint and they like it better.” Jett explained that the Art Center has a fund-raising dinner, usually in December to raise the money to provide for this painting at the festival and a two-week summer program.

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The young people at the festival proved to be quite enterprising. The CK Elementary Safety Patrol was selling cold water to raise funds for a trip to Washington, DC. Well, I guess the stand wasn’t selling enough water to make the Safety Patrol happy. So, they took the show on the road. They put a container with ice and water in a wagon and pulled it up and down the street. They also invented a cheer which ended with, “Help us…get to…Washington…DC!”
 
Some other reasons festival-goes gave for attending were: “I just like Cedar Key.” “There is always something different” and “All the people are so nice.” There are many things that make the Cedar Key Seafood Festival stand out from other festivals in the area. It is all these things along with the hard work to organize and the efficiency with which the festival is run that will keep the locals, tourists and venders returning to the CK Seafood festival.
 
 
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 The Big Bend Shellfish Trail Opens

The Big Bend Shellfish Trail was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the Cedar Key Seafood Festival Saturday, October 21, 2017. The ribbon cutting ceremony was preceded by a stirring acapela rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by Tony, Wendy, and Elizabeth Offerle.
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Leslie Sturmer of UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant opened the ceremony by informing those in attendance that Trails have become a popular method to celebrate and promote the features of an area saying, “Many coastal states have an oyster trail and there is even a clam trail. But nowhere in America is there a shellfish trail.” Sturmur turned the podium over to Carol McQueen, Executive Director of the Levy County Visitors Bureau. McQueen introduced the guests partaking in the cutting of the ribbon. The guests were: Representative Charlie Stone from the Florida House of Representatives; John Meeks, Lilly Rooks, and Mike Joyner, Levy County Commissioners; Jeff Edison, Superintendent of Levy County Schools; Sue Colson, Vice Mayor of Cedar Key; Dale Register, Cedar Key City Commissioner and Lions Club President, and Levy County Sheriff, Bobby McCallum.
 
 
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The Big Bend Shellfish Trail (Trail) was made possible by a $20,000 grant to the Levy County Board of Commission and is designed to promote tourism, showcase the working waterfront, and display the natural features unique to the Big Bend area. The Trail map provides locations of restaurants, seafood markets, bait and tackle shops, marinas, and boat tours. Visitors can even find good places for selfies and/or other photos.
 
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FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTIVES CHARLIE STONE
LEVY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MIKE JOYNER AND LILLY ROOKS
  
The pristine beauty of the area is one thing that often brings visitors to the Big Bend area. There are multiple conditions that combine to help keep the Nature Coast clean. The Big Bend has the second largest continuous sea grass beds in the eastern Gulf leaving the coast with large marsh areas and a few beaches. Oyster bars and rocky islands protect the coast. The estuaries provide habitat critical to the development of many species during the juvenile stage. Large areas of state and federal protected lands and conservation areas adjacent to the Gulf waters provide a buffer to development. The clean waters of the Gulf in the Big Bend area are ideal to harvest shellfish. Since molluscan shellfish are often eaten raw or partially cooked they need to be harvested from clean waters.
 
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The towns on the Trail map have a long history of dependence on the sea for economic health. Fishing was the biggest industry in this area for years. In 1995 when gill nets were outlawed, fishermen in the Big Bend looked again to the sea for help. The fishermen retrained to become clam farmers and now Cedar Key produces 80% of the state’s clam harvest. The clam aquaculture, in turn, helps keep the water pure because the molluscan shellfish are filter feeders and clean the water while feeding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Shellfish Trail map will lead visitors to small towns along the Big Bend coast with working waterfronts. Once the visitor arrives the map will provide the needed information not only to enjoy the atmosphere of the area but also to understand the heart of the community. For example, in Cedar Key, the Shellfish Trail map lists many of the seafood restaurants. It also lists three bait and tackle shops, six seafood markets, two marinas and one clam tour. It is easy to see how this Shellfish Trail with information about shellfish and the shellfish industry will be an aid in promoting the Big Bend Area.
 
For additional Shellfish/Aquaculture information go to the following link:
 
 
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COMMISSION MEETS
October 17, 2017
 
 
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The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 6 pm, in the trailer, the temporary home of Cedar Key City Hall after Hurricane Hermine.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Sue Colson, and Commissioners Dale Register, and Nickie Rucker.  Commissioner Royce Nelson was absent.
 
Staff in attendance included: City Attorney Norm Fugate, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief and Emergency Operations Manager Robert Robinson, City Clerk Nicole Gill, and Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp. 
 
Among those in the audience were: Walt McJordan, Coach, Joey Slaughter, Mike and Connie O’Dell, Jim Decker, Sandra Joseph, Rebecca Gallagher, Beth Mizell, UF students, Kristel, Audrey, and Bethany, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment was offered.
 
KIOSK COMMERCIAL LEASE AGREEMENT
To accommodate the lessees in the audience and with the approval of those present, Mayor Health Davis moved the Marina lease issue to the top of the agenda.
 
After considering input from the lessees from prior meetings, in a 3 to 1 vote, commissioners approved the city’s outside marina docks ten-page Commercial Lease Agreement.  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Sue Colson, and Commissioner Dale Register voted yes while Commissioner Nickie Rucker voted no.  The lease did not raise rates, did specify electricity and water charges, and detailed sub leases, termination, deposits, and more.
 
ORDINANCE 518 LAND USE PLAN
Commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance 518 which amended the city’s Comprehensive Plan contained in the Laws of Cedar Key, Chapter Three, to reflect and comply with state-level changes and mandates.   North Central Florida Regional Planning Council drafted the changes and presented them to the commission this evening. 
 
The ordinance had been discussed at the LPA meeting prior to the commission meeting and the LPA voted to accept the ordinance and pass it on the commission with the understanding that the errors discussed at the LPA meeting would be corrected.
 
ORDINANCE 519 CEMETERY
The first reading of Ordinance 519 was unanimously approved.  The ordinance codifies recent commission decisions to, among other things, replace trustees with a director, increase burial fee permits, and alter the permitting process.  Vice-Mayor Colson again suggested that the ordinance codify the processing of indigent burials.
 
UF ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS PRESENT MUIR’S REST
Three University of Florida Architecture students studying with Dr. Charlie Hailey, College of Design, Construction, and Planning professor, presented their plan to construct “Muir’s Rest.”  In celebration of John Muir’s “Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf,” students Kristel, Audrey, and Bethany, presented, via a video narrated by the three, their concept of a place / structure upon which Muir might like to have rested while in Cedar Key in 1867.
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Hailey’s “design / build” course challenges students to study an area, consider community needs, desires, and concerns, study its history, then design and build structures that reflect what is learned.
 
CITY HALL/FEMA UPDATE:
Work on City Hall continues, reported Fire Chief Robert Robinson.  Information technology wiring, the subfloor, and walls are being worked upon now.
The City of Cedar Key has recently received $195,000 in FEMA funds.
 
QUARTERLY REPORTS:
The following City of Cedar Key department heads’ quarterly reports were presented and acknowledged: Fire and Rescue, Police Department, City Clerk’s Office,
 
STAFFING:
Public Works Supervisor James Custer has begun work.  Previous Public Works Director Bill Crandley now works at the City Marina.
 
MINUTES APPROVED
Commissioners unanimously approved minutes from the October 3, 2017, city commission meeting.
 
MEETING ADJOURNED
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:58 pm.
 
 
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LEVY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
REPORTS AND URGES YOU
TO STAY HEALTHY!
October 14, 2017

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If you weren’t, the nurses urge you to get a flu shot as soon as you are able.  The vaccine can:  keep you from getting the flu, make the flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading the flu to your family and others.

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THE AFTER-SCHOOL SEWING CLUB WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COMMUNIT!
October 21, 2017

Due to the generosity of the Cedar Key community we now have FIVE NEW SEWING MACHINES for our club.  The club members are so grateful and are having a wonderful time using the new machines on their projects.  

 

Among the many donations, enough money was raised so that each club member was able to choose their own fabric for a project, so we took an exciting trip to The Salty Needle.

 

 

We are very grateful and happily sewing away on new projects every Wednesday after school.   More pictures will be coming soon to show off our handiwork! 

 

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