The day was hot, the town crowded, the waters full of boats, the coasts trod upon by searchers. Everyone, every single volunteer, was looking for materials that did not belong where they were….and find they did. The final statistics manifest a much larger haul of waste than in years past.
Of course, Hurricane Hermine certainly had much to do with the debris in and around the waters. The bad news is that much more waste was out in our waters; the great news is that that waste is no longer there thanks to nearly twice the number of volunteers.
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(OCALA, Fla.) Changes to the federal student aid application means the clock starts ticking earlier this year for college students and high school seniors. Students can complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, the same time they are applying to college.
FAFSA is the single application used to determine eligibility for grants – free money that students don’t pay back – student loans and some scholarships.
For the 2017-2018 school year, FAFSA can be filed as early as this Oct. 1. For years parents and students had to wait until Jan. 1.
When you walk into the Gainesville Artisan’s Guild Gallery or the Keyhole Artist Co-op in Cedar Key and see the paintings of Judi Cain, the 2017 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Design Contest winner, you can’t help but notice a boundless, perhaps even psychedelic, energy in her artwork depicting people, pets, wildlife and nature. And, if she happens to be working at the desk the day you are there you may be lucky enough to connect with this women who not only enjoys what she does but embodies the “joy of living.” But, it hasn’t always been that way….
Judi had no formal training in art until high school art classes but her ability to “copy just about anything,” including creating pencil portraits of her friends from their school pictures in grade school and drawing elegant clothing for paper dolls, led her to consider fashion design as a possible art career. However, coming from a small town in the Midwest, options for this sort of education were few, and she ended up finishing her undergraduate degree with a triple major in Art, Home Economics and Teaching from SE Missouri State College and began teaching art in the public school system.
But, this was the 70’s, and after meeting and later marrying a man who had no art education but “innate artistic ability and endless creativity,” she “ran away” with him in their VW van and became part of a group of traveling “mall artists.” The Mall Circuit took them all over the country and ultimately to Gainesville where they settled in 1980. As her husband’s art career took off and they started a family, Judi put her own art on the back burner. Together, they took their talent, love of Halloween, costume making and mall art experience and became the primary providers of hand-made and commercial costumes in North Florida, running the legendary Center Stage Costume and Magic Shop in Gainesville for three decades.
Throughout this time, although she continued to do mostly commissioned portrait work, Judi never considered herself a “real artist,” as she felt that she was still just copying what she saw, not creating something from somewhere deep within like she saw in her husband’s work. It was not until living through a life crisis that resulted in the loss of their business, his career, and their marriage that Judi, on her own for the first time in 35 years, decided “there were no more excuses” and she was not going to let what happen break her.
Determined to find her inner creative ability, Judi started by spending 15-30 minutes every morning with her colored pencils and “just drawing.” Eventually, at the encouragement of her daughter, she went outside her comfort zone and started to use acrylic paints. She still remembers the day when her “ego mind shut up and the energy began to flow.” She had decided to just squirt all her paints on a huge 30” x 40” canvas and then, using her lovingly cared for 30-year old brush, began to see something and do something she’d never done before. For the first time she was painting not just from knowledge and what she saw but from intuition and a boundless energy that now drives her work.
For some it’s a treasure hunt. For others it’s an environmental duty. For the Cedar Key Woman’s Club members, International Coastal Clean-up presented an opportunity to serve. And serve we did, providing a volunteer lunch of hot dogs, assorted chips and cookies, cool lemonade, and plenty of cold water. Among the hot-dog takers were college students, families with kids, clam farmers in boats, people in boots all helping. All hungry. All happy to help. The date for ICC set for Sept. 17, shortly after the impact of hurricane Hermine, created a greater need for shoreline debris collection and a stronger volunteer response as well. Past President Susan Rosenthal commented, “Coastal Clean-up this year is important as we are all coming together to be a stronger community”. Susan made this comment while proudly displaying her third commemorative ICC t-shirt as Judy Treharne checked out the list of sponsors.
Other Cedar Key Woman’s Club volunteers served differently. Eileen Senecal, First Vice President, recorded collection data, while her team members, CKWC husbands Mike Leiner and David Treharne, did the dirty work of sorting debris. Eileen observed, “Larger items were collected this year from areas on our coast line. Some unusual and some large, such as picnic tables, coolers, large amounts of wood, LOTS of buckets and tote boxes—and many small items, such as a toaster, hat, and flip flops”. As each haul was sorted and recorded down to the last plastic bottle, not only was the Cedar Key shoreline freer of debris, but also the information gathered will help inspire action to rid the world’s oceans of harmful trash. As hot dogs dwindled and volunteers dispersed, each person departed having given a hand to help make us Cedar Key strong.
At the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District’s final budget hearing to be held on Monday, September 26, the District Board will consider an increase in water and sewer rates and an increase in the ad valorem millage rate. Neither the rates for water and sewer services, nor the millage rate, have been increased since 2012. Both increases are modest and are needed to keep up with rising costs and financial challenges presented by Hurricane Hermine and the need to construct a new water treatment plant.
The proposed increases to be considered are as follows:
These increases would provide approximately $40,000 in additional revenues for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The tentative budget to be considered on September 26 is available on the District’s Website: ckwater.org, or may be obtained from the District Office, 510 3rd Street, 352-543-5285.
The final budget hearing will begin at 5:01 p.m., September 26, at the District Offices, 510 3rd Street, Cedar Key.
Everyone in Cedar Key, as well as every visitor, drives G Street. It is one of the loveliest streets in town: spectacular 270-degree water views, incredible sunsets, great fishing spots, interesting beachcombing, wonderful canoe launches. In addition to the aesthetics, the practicality of the street is immense: it takes one away from the smaller side streets, First through Ninth and E, F, and H Streets, which invariably have cars and boats parked on one or both sides, and, of course, have no view of the Gulf.
Further complicating the issue is the fact that G Street, the road itself, is owned by Levy County and situated in City of Cedar Key. Property on the east is owned by various property owners including the Far Away Inn and others; property on the west, the water side, is owned by private land owners, and a small amount by the city.
Additionally confounding the issue of what to do with G Street is the fact that the Cedar Key Water Sewer District owns water lines beneath the street and the city owns storm water discharge drains that manage and assure that water is clean before it enters to the Gulf. Nothing is simple here.
The UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station’s Dr. Savanna Barry opened the meeting with a brief overview of living shorelines. One handout defined these as: “living shorelines use plants or other natural elements - sometimes in combination with harder shoreline surfaces – to stabilize estuarine coasts, bays, and tributaries.” The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration defines living shorelines as: “a shoreline management practice that provides erosion control benefits; protects, restores, or enhances natural shoreline habitat; and maintains coastal processes through the strategic placement of plants, stone, and fill and other structural organic materials (e.g. biologs, oyster reefs, etc.).”
Barry’s introduction was supplemented by the UF IFAS Soil and Water Science Department’s Dr. Mark Clark who explained in detail the efforts to restore Rains Beach which is located at the west end of Eighth Street in Cedar Key. This “Cedar Key Living Shoreline and Tyree Creek Enhancement Project” is intended to restore the Rains Beach with sand that has drifted north and now obscures the entry to Tyree Creek. For more information, click on: http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/2435-joe-rains-beach
UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Director Mike Allen agreed to shepherd the project and partner with the City of Cedar Key, Levy County, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District, the Suwannee River Water Management Distract, and property owners to find funding dollars to study ways to keep G Street operational and eventually to actualize the study results.
The September Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Patti Fox. Patti is a ceramic artist who creates pottery using a wheel as well as hand building techniques. Her pots are earthy – high fired and deep rust red - and often have pressed or incised surface decorations. She creates wall pockets and magnets as well as pots.