When someone catches sight of a panther or black bear and reports it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the agency’s biologists may use that sighting to help research and manage those species.
Already, the public’s willingness to report where they see panthers and black bears in Florida is having a positive impact on what is known about where these large mammals live and reproduce in the state.
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Gail R. Sullivan, 58, of Chiefland, passed away on August 24, 2014. Gail was born in Loraine, Ohio, and moved to this area many years ago with her family. She was a secretary and enjoyed country music, shopping, jewelry, and loved the GATORS !!
Mrs. Sullivan leaves behind her husband, Ernest Sullivan of Chiefland, her son Jordan Sullivan of Chiefland, her sisters Terri (Rick) Ezell of Chiefland, Patti (Lloyd) Collins of Cedar Key, her brothers Wesley (Darla) Dunn of Mt. Wolf, PA., Scott (Eileen) Dunn of Fredericksburg, VA., sister in laws, Caroly Cruse of Trenton, FL., Hope Hodge (Mitch) of Trenton, FL., Lisa (Michael) Gainey of Cross City, FL., and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Noma Dunn.
Visitation will be Friday, August 29, 2014, from 1pm to 3pm and a funeral Service will begin at 3pm with Brother Billy Philman and Pastor Rocky McKinney officiating. Burial will follow the service at Chiefland Cemetery.
Online Condolences may be made at www.hiers-baxley.com. Arrangements under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services- 1301 N. Young Blvd. Chiefland, FL., (352) 493-0050.
This year Cedar Key School welcomed three new teachers: Sonya Wynans (Math), David Tomlin (Business), and Rachael Alameda (ESE).
Q: How has your previous occupation prepared you for teaching?
.August 28, 2014
Whether you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member or caregiver, SHINE, a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides you with free, unbiased, and confidential information.
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See or catch a lionfish? Report it. That’s what many lionfish hunters have been doing, thanks to the new Report Florida Lionfish app. Released to the public May 28, the app has been downloaded by more than 2,500 people.
The first 250 to successfully report their lionfish catch or sighting received an interactive Lionfish Control Team T-shirt. The logo on these shirts is designed to come to life on your smartphone. In addition to the app, data can also be submitted online at MyFWC.com/Lionfish by clicking on “Report Lionfish.”
Lionfish are an invasive species that negatively impact Florida’s reefs and wildlife.
The Report Florida Lionfish app includes educational information on lionfish and safe handling guidelines, as well as an easy-to-use data-reporting form so divers and anglers can share with the FWC information about their sighting or harvest. App users also can take and share a photo of their catch. These photos may be used in future publications or social media efforts. Glen Hoffman (Samples shown here: Kyle Huber with his lionfish, and Glen Hoffman’s big catch.)
The FWC will use the data to help identify sites where targeted lionfish removal might be most beneficial. All data will be available to the public and shared with other groups and agencies collecting this kind of information.
Several users have submitted ideas on how to improve the app, and the FWC is looking into implementing those changes, including allowing users to submit using a photograph that is already on their smart device and adding fields for smallest and largest catch.
Learn more about the new app, T-shirt and interactive logo by watching a video online. Missed your opportunity to receive a Lionfish T-shirt? These shirts will also be given out at various lionfish-related events, such as derbies, across the state.
Learn more about lionfish at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives; click on “Marine Life.”
The sixth budget meeting occurred in Cedar Key City Hall Thursday, August 20, 2014, at 6pm. In attendance were Mayor Dale Register, Vice Mayor Sue Colson, Commissioners Royce Nelson and Nettie Hodges. Not in attendance was Commissioner Tina Ryan.
Staff in attendance included Police Chief / Public Works Director Virgil Sandlin, Fire Chief / Building Department Manager Robert Robinson, and City Clerk Teresa George. Not in attendance were City Attorney Norm Fugate and City Consultant CPA Robert Beauchamp.
In the audience were Roger McKinney, Allison Nelson, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
Some thirty-five Cedar Key Aquaculture Association members, feasting on mouth-watering Island Pizzeria pizza, met at the Community Center this past Thursday evening, August 21, 2014, at 6pm for their general membership meeting and to develop an industry action plan for marketing, research, and marine debris.
On the occasion of her now stepping down, the Association presented Cantwell with six dozen red roses, one for each year of her chairmanship.
Currently two positions are open for the upcoming 2014-2015 year on the CKAA, Inc., Board of Directors. Four candidates are nominated to fill the seats: Christine Ford, David McCumbers, Peter Stefani, and Bobby Witt. Ballots must be returned by August 31.
Leslie Sturmer reported on several initiatives. Regarding Project VENUS, a CKAA committee assisted in developing guidelines for project participation and will continue to provide guidance during the three-year project through public-private partnership. Regarding the Clam Economic Impact Study, the CKAA Board worked with UF economists reviewing a survey to be mailed to state wholesalers to obtain economic data on the impact of the industry in 2012.
Board Member Sue Colson spoke about: the CKAA donating $1,000 to the new pump-out station in the outer marina; the CKAA exhibit being re-exhibited during the Museum on Main Street’s six-week visit in Cedar Key; her intent to contact aquaculture workers so that they might gain access to the Affordable Care Act coverage.
The evening featured three speakers, each of whom spoke for only ten minutes.
Pictured below are Martin May, Huiping Yang, and Paul Zajicek.
ACTION PLAN DEVELOPMENT
Members broke down into three groups, each led by one of the above speakers. Members voiced their ideas as to what is needed to move the industry forward. Then each person ranked the ideas generated to determine priorities and provide guidance for state agencies and university representatives. Results will be tabulated and reported upon soon.
Pictured above are Rose Cantwell, Huiping Yang, Leslie Sturmer, and Sue Colson.
Jon Brainard provoked some fifteen Cedar Keyans with his presentation entitled Seven Wonders of the Suwannee–Saint John’s Sierra Club this past Tuesday evening, August 19, 2014, at the Cedar Key Arts Center at 6pm.
Brainard is the Education Chair for the Suwanee-St. Johns Sierra Club. The presentation was sponsored by the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Cedar Key Arts Center and Florida's Nature Coast Conservancy.
Brainard’s seven wonders will not be new to thoughtful Floridians, but the education chair’s plethora of facts and spectacular images gave new dimensions to the critical environmental challenges with which we are faced.
THE SEVEN ALL IMPORTANT ISSUES
1. Florida has been blessed with beautiful springs and an abundant water supply. We must protect our water. “Water is Florida’s lifeblood. It quenches our thirst, powers our economy, and draws our visitors,” states the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
2. You might see a bear today, but we doubt it! Wildlife habitat is being decreased with every newly-built road and development.
3. We don't want to ruin your day, but climate change is a tremendous threat to Florida! Climate change is a non-debatable fact. We must protect tropical forests and replace dirty fuels with clean, renewable ones.
4. Why isn't Florida using more modern solar energy, like California and Colorado? Floridians must successfully lobby lawmakers to accomplish this!
5. Is the Air Potato a low calorie side dish? Nitrates from too much fertilizer and animal wastes have fueled algae growth in our springs and waterways and seep into the aquifer. Use slow-release fertilizers, organic, natural fertilizers, or none at all.
6. Is natural gas really so natural when you consider how we are obtaining it these days? Fracking involves dangerous chemicals and huge quantities of precious water. Surely there are better ways!
7. We’re cutting too many trees down! They absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, provide shade, lower temperatures in summer, and decrease pollution.
No article can capture the breadth and depth of information imparted by Jon Brainard. To learn more and enjoy his presentation, you may find the PowerPoint at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5z-PxmF-Q1ETFRZbW0zSk0xUEU/edit?usp=sharing_eil.
.August 23, 2014