You may have heard that the Gulfside Motel has been sold. Well, the golf carts that they rented out are now gone.
Believing that there was a need, and enough demand, for a second golf cart rental business, Gulf Kart Co. has decided to open a second golf cart rental business.
It is called ISLAND GULF KARTS, and is located on the lot next to The Market, behind Tony’s Restaurant, and opens August 1, 2015. The new company will be owned by George Oakley, owner of Gulf Kart Co., and his son Daniel will manage and run it.
The carts are refurbished with new paint jobs, turn signals, long roofs, and solar panels, etc. There will also be an eight-person Trolley Cart available.
Prices will be the same as the Gulf Kart Co. and will be rented out for two hours, four hours, 24 hours, or for a week.
You’ll be able to contact Daniel Oakley at his home number 352 477 5057 or at this cell 352 214 9680 for rentals.
MEET PASTOR SUSIE !
Please, come share the evening of August 2nd at our home in the country.
No presents, please.
Michael “Big Mike” Smetana, 60, of Otter Creek, Florida, passed away on July 27, 2015, at Shands at the University of Florida. Mike was born in Brookfield, Illinois, on March 29, 1955. He was a member of the Gulf Hammock Church of God. Mr. Smetana was a mechanic and truck driver. His passion was riding motorcycles, but the most enjoyment in life, came from his loving family.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Susie Smetana of Otter Creek, his mother, Maureen Smetana of Brookfield, Illinois, his sons, Michael Smetana of Bronson, Florida, Brian Smetana of Otter Creek, Florida, a brother Steven Smetana of Wisconsin, a sister Mary Jo Yater of Westmont, Illinois, a sister Susan Butler of Brookfield, Illinois, a brother E.T. Smetana of Westmont, Illinois, his mother in law, Annie Curry, of Otter Creek. Florida.
A visitation will be open to the public on Friday, July 31, 2015, from 6-8 pm at Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home and funeral services will be private.
Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smetana Family- 1301 North Young Blvd. Chiefland, Florida (352) 493-0050.
FAMILIES, FRIENDS, CKAC MEMBERS, AND PUBLIC ARE INVITED.
(COME EARLY BECAUSE STUDENTS WILL TAKE THEIR ART WORK HOME WHEN THEY LEAVE)
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS SERVED
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office announces the conclusion of a long-term drug investigation that began in September of 2014. The investigation began when Investigators from the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division (CID) shared a confidential source of information with members of the Levy County Drug Task Force (DTF). The Drug Task Force Investigators were able to use that source to develop intelligence that ultimately led to a significant number of undercover narcotic purchases throughout Levy County.
Investigators chose the name “Melting Pot” for the operation because of the diversity of the locations, drug types and offenders who were caught in the net of the operation. The investigation began in September of 2014 and concluded in May of 2015. During that time Investigators were able to make 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects in Levy County. The illegal purchases were made in the Bronson, Williston, Morriston and Inglis areas of the county. The drug types purchased included heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and MDMA (also known as “Molly”). Various prescription medications were also purchased which included oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, morphine, oxycontin and suboxone.
After all of the purchases, DTF investigators, led by Case Agent Rob Bowers, set about the monumental task of organizing their evidence and preparing each case for prosecution. They prepared arrest affidavits for each case and ultimately obtained 67 arrest warrants for the suspects in this Operation. LCSO Deputies, along with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, began arresting the suspects on July 20, 2015. The arrest phase of the operation is continuing at this time.
LCSO would like to acknowledge the assistance we received from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, State Attorney Bill Cervone’s Office and others who have helped make this operation one of the most successful drug operations in Levy County history.
Governor Rick Scott dealt a setback to the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District’s efforts to raise money for the new water treatment plant when he vetoed $300,000 that the Legislature had put in the 2015-2016 budget to help fund the project. The veto was warranted, the Governor said, because there was insufficient statewide benefit arising from the appropriation.
The need for the new water treatment plant arises out of the saltwater intrusion problem that occurred during the summer of 2012. Although the District’s wellfield is currently clear of saltwater, it is likely that saltwater will return in the future. This likelihood, and the fact that the District’s water treatment plant is now almost 50 years old, leads to the need to build an new, modern treatment plant to serve Cedar Key into the future.
The new plant is currently in the design phase, with the estimated cost at somewhere between 5 and 6 million dollars. The District is looking at all possible sources of state and federal funding to help with this cost, and has to date received grants and commitments totaling almost $2 million. The treatment plant design work is being funded by a State grant, and a prior legislative appropriation of $400,000 is being used to design and construct a new well at the District’s wellfield on SR 24. The balance of the funds needed for the plant will come from a combination of grants and loans from the federal Rural Development Agency.
The more grant money the District can raise, the less the District will need to borrow, and the lower the District will be able to keep water rates in the future. The vetoed $300,000 was part of the District’s effort to raise grant funds to keep rates as low as possible. The District will continue its efforts to raise grant funds for the project, and would like to express its gratitude to our state legislative delegation, Senator Charlie Dean and Representative Charles Stone, for their support over the last two legislative sessions.
CALL TO ARTISTS
July 24, 2015
Any medium may be featured, but use a jpg of the item for design which will be featured on our poster, tee-shirts, and postcards as a promotion for next year’s event.
Questions? Amy Gernhardt 352 215 2096
Suwannee Valley Players are proud to announce the upcoming production of their Summer Youth show of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” opening this Friday, July 24 and running through August 2.
Concocted from the actual zany and oddly wise things that kids under the age of 12 have said, this rollicking entertainment covers all the bases: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "How did your mommy and daddy fall in love?" "Do you have any pets … brothers … sisters … secret ambitions?" "What would you say to the president?" It is filled with the innocent wisdom that comes out of the "mouths of babes" and reminds us to look at the world with a kid's view. It is based on the hilarious best-selling book Kids Say the Darndest Things by Art Linkletter, inspired by the TV show House Party which ran 26 years, hosted by Mr. Linkletter. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” is produced with special arrangements with the Dramatic Publishing Co., Woodstock, Illinois.
Get your tickets now for this season’s youth production by visiting one of our ticket outlets, The Gathering Table in Chiefland or The Point of View in Fanning springs, or you can visit the box office at the Chief Theater during our new hours on July 21st and 22nd from 6-7 pm. You can call Ms. Becky Gill and reserve tickets and seating as well – 352-443-9096. Shows start on show dates at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday’s! Hope to see you all at the Chief!
We are excited to announce the Call for Artist of the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Program. The Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence, AiR, program was created by a partnership among the Cedar Key Arts Center, the Seahorse Marine Laboratory, and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge to provide visual artists the opportunity to create art inspired by Seahorse Key and the surrounding National Wildlife Refuge. Seahorse Key is located in the Big Bend in northwest Florida.
The deadline for application has been extended to August 15, 2015.
Visit http://cedarkeyartscenter.org/AiR/ for Program information and a link to the application.
There is a Jury Fee of $25 upon submission of your online application, payable through PayPal.
Please, contact us with any questions or concerns to the committee.
Respectfully - SKAiR Committee
The following is a note from Paul Rimavicus’ son Robert.
At 2:47 pm today July 18th 2015, my dad Paul Albert Rimavicus finally laid to rest after a grueling 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. Tough as nails, generous to a fault, and a true leader in any arena he entered...his love, guidance, and enthusiasm for life will be missed deeply by myself, my mother, his brother, and all those lives that were fortunate enough to be part of his.
Services for Paul A Rimavicus will be held at the Black Dog Tavern this WEDSDAY JULY 22nd at 11 am at 360 Dock St, Cedar Key, FL 32625. 706-248-2110.
This is a beautiful rustic establishment over the water on the Gulf, and is the original location of our bar Cedar Key Coconuts. Dad was not a church goer, and did not even particularly want a service, but this will honor him well and we encourage all to attend as we celebrate his life.
Note: As of Sunday evening, the celebration's location has been changed to the Island Hotel.
Most flowering plants fall into one of two categories—annual or perennial. An annual is defined as a plant that goes from seed to flower to seed in one season, and then dies. A perennial dies back, but regrows again the following year from the same root or bulb system. These definitions get a little muddy when you live in a paradise like Cedar Key where you seldom get a hard freeze that signals an end to the growing season.
Annuals generally require very little care beyond watering. They’re not around long enough to need fertilization, they seldom need pruning (with the exception of deadheading—see below), and they’re gone by the first chance of frost. That makes them ideal for the part-year resident, or someone who just isn’t “into” gardening.
Annual plants are inexpensive because they’re easy to grow and since they don’t last very long, retailers want to move them quickly. You can often get a flat of annuals for what you would pay for a single pot of a perennial.
I like annuals because I can time them for maximum bloom, vary the display, and change my mind. I either grow or buy petunias for a prominent flower box to be at their showiest around the Arts Festival in March or April. By the end of June those petunias are done. I could grow petunias again, but I usually go with portulaca (also called moss roses) because they don’t mind hot weather. If the portulaca are still looking okay when my mood changes, I may move them to a different flowerbox and opt for some fall colors from marigolds and zinnias in time for the Seafood Festival. It’s all very affordable because annuals are so inexpensive.
What do I mean by “looking okay”? When an annual has completed its task (produced seed for the next season), the plant tends to get woody or leggy, and stops producing blooms. You can prolong the season by “deadheading”; when a bloom is spent and wilting, pick it. With coleus, as soon as the flower appears, nip it. The spent blooms or flowers send a chemical message to the plant to stop producing, so if you thwart the messenger, the plant keeps going a while longer.
You may have a flower bed of an annual like portulaca or coreopsis that comes back year after year without replanting. Another characteristic of annuals is they produce a lot of seeds. What you’re seeing is the seed from the previous generation coming up. If you like the display this year, either harvest the seeds and save them for next season or try not to disturb the soil when you pull out the dead plants.
So why did I say living in a climate like Cedar Key muddies the definitions a bit? I have petunias, portulacas and dianthus (also called pinks) that are in their second year and looking fine. I consulted The Florida-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design (http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/FYN_Plant_Selection_Guide_v090110.pdf), and found the notation under petunia “can be grown as perennial in South Florida” and I noticed almost all the plants in the “annual” section of the book are listed again in the “perennial” section.
My advice is enjoy annuals for what they are: showy, inexpensive, easy to grow, and low maintenance. If they last longer than one growing season, consider it a bonus.
The next time you climb into your car in the afternoon and the seats and the steering wheel are just slightly cooler than a fully-fired charcoal grill, think of it as a reminder that it’s a good time to donate blood.
Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.
In about the time it would take to shop for groceries for a week or knock out a crossword puzzle a blood donor can save a life.
Donors are asked to eat a healthy meal, particularly breakfast, and drink plenty of fluids before donating. All donors will receive a special recognition T-shirt and a complimentary cholesterol screening. Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and show a valid photo I.D. at the time of donation. Sixteen year old donors must have written parental consent to donate. For more information, call toll-free (888) 795-2707.
Laurel Wilt disease has arrived in Cedar Key with deadly results to our beautiful Bay trees. A homeowner on Fourth Street said that their tree died within three weeks of noticing some wilted leaves. That is the second tree to die on Fourth Street from the disease.
This disease has devastated Bay trees and avocado trees in Texas and Florida. Many people mistake a Bay tree for a Live Oak tree as they are very large and similar in appearance. The disease spreads quickly and easily by the Ambrosia beetle. The beetle boars into the tree to lay its eggs. The eggs live off a fungus that is carried in the mouth of the beetle and introduced into a healthy tree. The fungus grows quickly and blocks the vascular system of the tree preventing it from absorbing water, thereby wilting and dying.
There is a preventative treatment using a fungicide (Alamo) that is injected into the roots and lower trunk of the tree. In trials, it is shown to prevent the disease for 12-14 months. That means retreatment every year.
If you are interested in treating your tree, I have the micro injection equipment as I am treating the tree at Seahorse Landing before it show signs of wilt. You can call me for more information at 543-5860.
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