Find more about Weather in Cedar Key, FL

CITY NEWS

 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. 
S
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.  
******
 

 
 
 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.

******
 

 
 

 

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.
******
 

 
 
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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

 

http://atlantaintownpaper.com/2016/06/glass-recycling-a-clear-understanding-of-a-sensible-policy/

 
Sincerely,
Trip Lancaster, Division Manager
Waste Pro of Florida, Inc.
8470 NW 168th Lane
Fanning Springs, Florida 32693
 
*****

 

MUIR Flyer xe

***********

 


 

 

 
SFFest 1571xe
 
 
 
 
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.
 
SFFesr 1593xe
SFFest 1262xe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
SFFest 1510xe
SSFest 1567xe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

SFFest 1522xeSFFest 1296xe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
*********
 
 

 
 

 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.
 ShllfshTrlOpng 1396xe
 
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.
 
 
SturmerMcQueen 1254xeLESLIE STURMER AND CAROL MCQUEEN
 
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.
 
RooksStoneMeeksJoyner 1336xe
 
 LEVY COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOHN MEEKS,
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.
 
ColsonStone 1415xe
 
 
  
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CHARLIE STONE,
MARION COUNTY COMMISSIONER MICHELLE STONE,  
CITY OF CEDAR KEY VICE-MAYOR SUE COLSON
 
 
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:
 
 
*********
 
 

 

 

 

COMMISSION MEETS
October 17, 2017
 
 
Meeting Specifics
 
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.
 CharliesGrils 4452xe
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.
 
 
*********
 
 

 

 

Flyer Oct 2017 WrkShp xe

 ********* 


 

 

LEVY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
REPORTS AND URGES YOU
TO STAY HEALTHY!
October 14, 2017

LCHealth 017xeHopefully, you were one of the nearly twenty individuals here in Cedar Key who received a flu shot from the Levy County Health Department’s Crystal Rodgers, BS, RN, and Pamela Myhree, RN, at the Cedar Key Library this past week, on October 17, 2017.

 

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.

*****


 

 

 

KidsXmasPoster xe

 

*********

 


 

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! 

 

Flyer Oct 2017 WrkShp xe

 

*********

 


 

 

 
 LPA Agenda 17oct2017
 
 
***********
 
 

 

 
COMMISSION MEETS
October 03, 2017
 
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, October 3, 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: CRA 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: Michael Hancock, Peggy Herrick, Beth Mizell, Denny Voyles, Mike and Connie O’Dell, Buddy Scoggins, Arne and Eve Robinson, Joey Slaughter, John Blouse, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
MARINA KIOSK ELECTRIC AND WATER BILLING PRICING
To accommodate the majority of the audience and with the approval of all present, Mayor Health Davis moved the Marina issue to the top of the agenda.
  
Commissioners unanimously approved charging the kiosk lessees a minimum charge for electricity of $7.50 plus a $0.098 per kilowatt beyond the base. 
 
 Discussion centered on whether a lessee may sell his lease should he chose to do so during the contract period.  Commissioner Royce Nelson agreed with the notion; Commissioner Nickie Rucker disagreed reasoning that the lease is not theirs to sell, and that such a sale “is not in the best interest of the city.”  Commissioners eventually approved the selling of the lease depending upon commission approval, meaning that the lessee and the new buyer of the lease would come before the commission to explain the change in “ownership” and operation.  The same commission appearance and approval must occur when a kiosk lessee opts to sub-lease a part his space.
 
Commissioners unanimously approved the length of the leases to be five years.
 
Marina II owner John Blouse entered the meeting at 6:30 pm; Mayor Davis recapped the past half-hour decision results for Blouse before moving forward.
 
Discussion occurred whether rental fees should be a flat rate or based upon the actual square footage of the kiosk.   Currently the rental rates are $230 for kiosks and $250 for the beach location. Cedar Key City Clerk Nicole Gill recommended that the rental rates should increase by 10 percent over several years. 
Tidewater Tours owner Mike O’Dell explained that boat launching is, of course, dependent upon the tides, hence limiting the time he can use the kiosk; the tide, in effect, dictates the amount of money he can make.  He said, “We aren’t making a killin’ down there.”
 
Davis asked who would like to raise the rates.  No hand, from the audience nor the dais, was raised.  Commissioners unanimously approved leaving the rates unaltered.
 
 PUBLIC COMMENT
Audience member Mandy Offerle announced the Cedar Key Cemetery Clean-Up Day on October 14, 2017, at 8 am, organized by residents Dottie Haldeman and Anne O’Steen.  All are invited and encouraged to take part; all hands are needed   Hurricane debris and tree removal debris now cover thee Cedar Key Cemetery.
 
HISTORIC BOARD MEMBER SELECTION
Seat Three, currently occupied by George Sresovich, and Seat Four, currently occupied by George Oakley are open.  Both Sresovich and Oakley applied for the next term.  Commissioners unanimously approved both.
 
LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY MEMBER SELECTION
Seat One, Four, and Five are currently occupied by Allan Pither, Jennie Pinto, and Frank Offerle respectively.  Pither and Pinto did not submit applications; Offerle did.  Commissioners unanimously approved Offerle’s application.  The agency will now function with three members.
 
CEMETERY TRUSTEE SELECTION
As none of the current trustees nor new applicants applied, commissioners unanimously agreed to appoint a director to carry on the work of reorganizing the cemetery.  As the current Cedar Key Cemetery liaison is Commissioner Nickie Rucker, Rucker will become the cemetery director.
 
 CEMETERY DRAFT LANGUAGE
PRICES 
Excepting a $25 administration fee, Commissioner Rucker proposed price increases for residents and non-residents for plot purchase, Memorial Garden, and burial fee permits.  Th schedule is linked below.
 
Rucker stated her belief that “the cemetery should be self-supporting,” and hopes the pricing structure will help to accomplish this goal.  Vice-Mayor Sue Colson urged Rucker to consider “indigent burials.”  Those unable to pay for burial have been cremated; local funeral homes have been rotating the responsibility for these burials, which Colson says are not infrequent.
 
PLOTS AND PERSONS
At the August 5, 2014, Commission Meeting, Boy Scout of America Cory Rudd, asked the commission for access to the Cedar Key Cemetery to complete his project for Eagle Scout.  Using the global positioning system application, (BillionGraves.com) and a cast of approximately 25 volunteers, Rudd’s plan was to map the headstones in the cemetery and give each a global position so that, with the help of the free application, families can locate their loved ones.  Commissioners unanimously approved Rudd’s request. 
  
This evening, Rucker presented the result of Rudd’s work.  She produced a GPS photo of the cemetery broken into 23 trapezoids.  Headstones are not visible.  The photo is addended by lists of names, possible places on the trapezoidal grid.  At the time of the commission meeting, pages seemed missing and locations unclear.  Rucker intends to further investigate and clarify. as much as possible, the plots and persons buried in them.
 
LAWS OF CEDAR KEY
Cedar Key City Attorney Norm Fugate will draft an ordinance altering the current cemetery section of the Laws of Cedar Key for to the commission meeting.
 
CITY PROJECT LIST:
To focus commissioners’ attention on the breadth of issues before them, Mayor Davis presented his “City Project Update and Discussion” sheet which listed Current, Active Projects, Continuing Areas of Review, and 2017-2018 Review Items.  He commented upon how some issues were progressing well; these include the purchasing policy, a regular maintenance schedule, tree ordinance, sign ordinance, and productive meetings.
 
He commented upon issues he expected still need work; these include the home occupation issue in residential areas, storage sheds in the floodplain, aquaculture docks and facilities, cemetery guidelines, and several others.
 
The one-page, note-taking-friendly sheet offered commissioners and the audience a handy long- and short-range planning and assessment document.  
 
 
CITY HALL/FEMA UPDATE:
Work on City Hall has begun with insurance monies.  FEMA funds processing is slowed with its preoccupation with Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastation.
 
ELECTION COMMISSION COMPLAINT UPDATE:
Attorney Fugate reported that the Florida Elections Commission complaint which initially named the city clerk, five commissioners, and the city attorney in the complaint, now only contains the city clerk.  The Election Commission has dismissed the commissioners and attorney concerns citing “no legal sufficiency.” 
 
In the September 19, 2017, Cedar Key City Commission Meeting, complainant Scott Demission explained that the Election Commission advised that he name the full seven individuals in the initial complaint and that he took their advice. 
 
MINUTES APPROVED
Commissioners unanimously approved minutes from the September 19, 2017, city commission meeting and minutes from the September 6 and 18, 2017, Budget Hearings.
 
MEETING ADJOURNED
The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:30 pm.
 *********
  

 
 
 
SEAHORSE KEY
OPEN HOUSES
October 1, 2017
 
October 21, 2017 (high tide at 3:48 pm (3.6'))
December 16, 2017 (high tide at 1:18 pm (3.0'))
February 17, 2018 (high tide at 3:00 pm (3.5'))
 
*****

   
BEAR RUMORS and the BARE FACTS
 
Rumors and postings that black bears have been released into our area
north of the Number four bridge are just that;
rumors, false and untrue according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
 
Anyone requiring more information should contact the Refuge or FWC.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : 
  Office 352.493.0238 x224 | Cell 703.622.3896
  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System
  Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR  
16450 NW 31st. Place, Chiefland, Florida 32626
 
 
FWC: Bears become more active in fall 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
27 September 2017
 
 
With the arrival of autumn, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding residents of Florida what they can do to help prevent conflicts with black bears. 
 
During this time of year, bear appetites increase as they begin to prepare for the upcoming winter. To be ready for the leaner winter months, bears require around 20,000 calories a day and will eat anything that’s convenient. Accessing unsecured garbage often provides more calories in a shorter amount of time than what a bear can get from foraging in the woods. This attracts bears into areas where people live and work, which can lead to potentially dangerous situations.
 
“As bears become more active in the fall, they take the path of least resistance to find food,” said Dave Telesco, who leads the FWC’s Bear Management Program. “This draws them into neighborhoods and areas with convenient food sources, which can be dangerous for people. While the FWC continues to work with local communities to reduce human-bear conflicts, it is important for Floridians to understand the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.”
The search for food often leads bears across busy roads. A new video in the “Living with Florida Black Bears” series advises motorists to use caution while driving through areas where bears may be present. Bears are most active around dusk and dawn, and therefore most vehicle-bear collisions happen during these times of day. To reduce the risk of hitting a bear, motorists should stay alert and drive cautiously around heavily wooded areas, roads with curves and areas marked with bear warning signs. Other tips can be seen in the “Vehicle Collisions with Bears” video at MyFWC.com/Bear under the “Brochures & Other Materials” section.
 
While spending time outdoors, residents should be aware of their surroundings to avoid potential conflicts with bears. To keep bears away from your home and neighborhood, follow these simple steps:
 
  • Secure household garbage in a sturdy shed, garage or a bear-resistant container.
  • Put household garbage out on morning of pickup rather than the night before.
  • Secure commercial garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters.
  • Protect gardens, beehives, compost and livestock with electric fencing.
  • Encourage your homeowners association or local government to institute ordinances on keeping foods that attract wildlife secure.
  • Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding outdoors.
  • Clean grills and store them in a secure place.
  • Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant.
  • Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground.
In Florida, it is illegal to intentionally feed bears or leave out food or garbage that will attract bears and cause human-bear conflicts.
If you see or suspect that someone is feeding or attracting bears, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
visit MyFWC.com/Bear and click on “Live BearWise” on the left side of the page.
 
More information about living in bear country is available at MyFWC.com/Bear.
 
*********
 
 

 
 
COMMISSION MEETS
September 19, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, September 19, 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 Director Bill Crandley, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Donna Risker. 
 
Among those in the audience were: Buddy Scoggins, “Coach.” Nolan Freeman, Scott Dennison, Andrew Gude, Michael Hancock, James Custer, Doug Maple, Peggy Herrick, Beth Mizell, Beth Dieveney, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
TREE ORDINANCE QUESTIONED
Resident Nolan Freeman explained that he recently cut down several leaning trees in anticipation of oncoming storms and the likelihood/possibility that they would fall upon his home.  According to the Laws of Cedar Key, because the trees are alive, he must pay a full permit fee per tree.  He requested that the commission revisit its tree ordinance to accommodate situations such as his when owners believe that endangered.   Freeman also asked that he be charged only $25 per tree, the fee charged for a dead tree, instead of the amount he was charged.
  
Commissioners asked that Freeman   produce an insurance document indicating that he should cut the trees down; then, with that document in hand, the city would leave the matter to the discretion of Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, who operates code enforcement.    Freeman said he would return with the suggested documentation.  
 
 CEMETERY LIAISON REPORT
Commissioner and Cemetery Liaison Nickie Rucker requested that her cemetery update be postponed.
 
FLORIDA ELECTIONS COMMITTEE COMPLAINT
A complaint was filed with the Florida Elections Commission alleging that the City of Cedar Key violated Florida’s election laws. Cedar Key residents Scott and Andrea Dennison filed the complaint.  
Mayor Heath Davis asked City Attorney Norm Fugate to explain, in abbreviated form, the complaint’s background.  Fugate explained that the complaint was initially directed to the five commissioners, City Clerk Nicole Gill, and him, Fugate himself.  After the initial complaint was reviewed by the Florida Elections Commission, a second correspondence  was sent to the city which addresses only City Clerk Nicole Gill.  


NCBS Opng xe

 

  
Cedar Key and the
Nature Coast Biological Station
By Jack Payne
 
 
Discovering what makes the Nature Coast special is essential to keeping it that way. Much more than in other parts of Florida, your livelihood depends on jobs related to local waters, woods, and wildlife.
 
We need to know more about what makes fish bite, reefs thrive, clams grow, forests flourish, and waters run pure. If we don’t keep discovering, we’re leaving money and jobs on the table. We’re even risking loss of what we have now unless we put a microscope to the question of how much we can take from the Nature Coast without taking too much.
 
Economics aside, I moved here for what I suspect is the same reason you moved here – or decided to stay if you were lucky enough to be born here. I still want a piece of the Gulf Coast to resemble “old” or “real” Florida, not a built-up coast like in Naples, Miami Beach, or Daytona.
 
This month the organization I lead, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS, is opening a people’s house for the science of coastal Hernando to Wakulla counties. It will be a hub for keeping the region profitable and keeping it real.
 
The Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key will feature an experimental clam hatchery, a miniaquarium, and a team of scientists dedicated to a deeper understanding of the region.
 
Some of them are already your neighbors. Clam aquaculture expert Leslie Sturmer has been in Cedar Key since the days of the gill net ban. Center director Mike Allen drove to the coast to fish local waters for years before making it his home. Savanna Barry lives near the station and roams the coast giving talks about safe boating while scalloping, how to free birds from fishing lines, and why seagrass is so important.
 
Some of those scientists were among those who responded to my call two years ago to join forces on the premise that we can do more collectively than we can separately. Good science depends on teamwork.
 
The biological station won’t just be a place to work. It will be a matchmaker to help scientists identify others interested in the same problems but employ a different expertise in the search for solutions. The station’s big-picture outlook for the region will help it set research priorities and to coordinate outreach so that we do a better job sharing what we know with you.
  
SavannaHSCrabs xe
 
  
DR. SAVANNA BARRY WITH HORSESHOE CRABS
 
The station will also be a listening post. By living and working among you, these scientists will have a greater opportunity to learn from you about what it is that needs to be investigated.
 
As a magnet for scientists, it will also attract the partnership and funding of agencies that rely on science to manage the land and water of the region. Those partnerships will mean more coordinated efforts that translate into more efficient use of taxpayer funds.
  
We always knew we couldn’t do all this from Gainesville. With a building as a basecamp for field work, though, we can do more diving and less driving.
 
We can also glean valuable information from you. We’ll be asking you to become citizen scientists counting horseshoe crabs, collecting water samples, and letting us know you caught a tagged a fish.
 
We’ll continue interviewing boat captains, clammers, bait store operators, and restaurateurs to know what’s really going on. We may generate the facts and figures from what we see under the microscope, but you will influence what it is we’re looking at in the first place.
 
We hope to continue these community conversations at our open house on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 552 1st St. in Cedar Key.
 
You already chose not to take the easy route to a comfy living. Living off the beaten path requires a determination to take on hard work and sometimes hard luck from what the sky or the tides deliver.
 
You shouldn’t have to choose between your livelihood and your lifestyle. Science can help you live on your own terms. We at UF/IFAS love science for science’s sake, but our inquiry will be driven by what it means for our neighbors – you.
 
 
Jack Payne is the University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
 
 
*********
 

 
 

 

GRUBS Trash Notice

 

*********


 

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP
2017 AT CEDAR KEY
September 16, 2017
 
 
Spearheaded by the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences Nature Coast Biological Station, the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, and the City of Cedar Key, Cedar Key’s part in the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup effort was downright remarkable, given the fact that many participants were still cleaning up after Hurricane Irma from the week before.
Treat 0011xeUSCG 9971xe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
People in boats, canoes, and kayaks, and many on foot traversed some 25 different locations in and around Cedar Key rounding up litter.  The islands around us, the back bayous closer to us and everywhere else was scoured for debris by the participants.   Tidewater Tours’ Mike and Connie O’Dell brought in boatloads of debris; Andrew Gude’s crew of Sam Gibbs, Jim Wortham, Rick Anthony, Beth Dieveney, Bristol Rigby, and Arnie and Joannie from Gainesville combed North Key and brought home a boatload of everything one can imagine.  Chris Reynolds and Linda Seyfert returned with enough impressive waste that they received one of the two prizes awarded for the day:  a $20 gift certificate to the 1842 Daily Grind Restaurant here in Cedar Key.
McPherson 9812xe Gude 0006xe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Cedar Key News hopes to have a complete listing of boaters, on-foot collectors, and total amounts collected soon and will publish as soon as possible.
UFcrew 9822xeCCU 0033xe
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 LPA Agnda 19Sept2017xe
 
 
 
***********
 
 

 

 

 

UF IFAS NCBS

 

*********

 


 

NOTICE FROM CEDAR KEY CITY HALL REGARDING GARBAGE AND DEBRIS
...excerpted from
City of Cedar Key City Hall
Facebook page Posts

September 13, 2017

 

Residents: please pile your leaf and limb as quick as possible out where you normally put it next to your garbage can. Make sure not to cover water meters!! Normal household garbage can not be picked up until Monday September 18th. If you have an overflow of household garbage place it next to your can also. Levy County residents may take vegetation to the landfill for free till September 22.

*****


 
DATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
 
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
 
 
TO: RESIDENTS OF CITY OF CEDAR KEY
 
 
A LOSS OF WATER PRESSURE HAS BEEN EXPERIENCED DUE
TO HURRICANE IRMA.
 
THEREFORE, AS A PRECAUTION, WE ADVISE THAT ALL WATER USED FOR DRINKING, COOKING, MAKING ICE, BRUSHING TEETH, OR WASHING DISHES BE BOILED. A ROLLING BOIL OF ONE MINUTE IS SUFFICIENT. AS AN ALTERNATIVE BOTTLED WATER MAY BE USED.
 
THIS "PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE" WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN CORRECTED AND A BACTERIOLOGICAL SURVEY SHOWS THAT THE WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK.
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY CONTACT JOHN
MCPHERSON AT 352-317-7431.
 
 
JOHN MCPHERSON, GENERAL MANAGER
CEDAR KEY WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT
 
 
*********
 
 

LEVY COUNTY CALLS
EMERGENCY EVACUATION
September 8, 2017
 
As of 5 pm, Friday evening, September 8, 2017, Levy County ordered a mandatory evacuation. 
Stay tuned to the following website for updated information.

http://www.levydisaster.com/default.aspx

*****


 
COMMISSION MEETS
September 5, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics
The Cedar Key City Commission met on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 6:20 pm, immediately after the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency adjourned, in the temporary, double-wide trailer, temporary home of Cedar Key City Hall.  Present were:  Mayor Heath Davis, Vice-Mayor Sue Colson, and Commissioners Dale Register, Royce Nelson, 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 Director Bill Crandley, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Donna Risker. 
  
Among those in the audience were: Rebecca Gallagher, Beth Mizell, Peggy Herrick, Jim Wortham, Bill Heckler, James Custer, Margy VanLandingham, Michael Hancock, Buddy Scoggins, John Blouse, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY
Before inviting public comment, Mayor Heath Davis opened discussion about the Category 5 Hurricane Irma due to hit South Florida this weekend.  The content of that discussion can be seen by clicking on the following link: http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3258-commission-advises-hurricane-preparedness
 
Click on the link below for the City of Cedar Key Fire Rescue Facebook Site:
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
Resident Bill Heckler responded to the Gainesville Sun’s August 29, 2017, front-page article “Cedar Key - Rising Seas.”  Heckler, out of town at the time, reported being initially angry and distressed upon seeing the article.  Knowing that Gateway, which owns 97 newspapers, including the Sun, concerned him as a resident and for business owners or a person trying to sell a Cedar key home.
 
 Heckler asked that persons (commissioners, newspapers, individuals) speaking about issues as important as rising seas keep in mind the effect such content has on others.
 
 RESOLUTIION 404 EMPLOYEE MANUAL REGARDING EMPLOYMENT EVALUATIONS
Commissioners unanimously approved the Cedar Key Employee Manual, Section 203, Performance Evaluations, extending the probationary period from 90 days to 180 days.  An informal evaluation will be conducted after 90 days and another evaluation conducted at the end of the employee’s probationary period. The 90-day evaluation will be a written report and sent to the commission for review and comment.
 
RESOLUTION 405 EMPLOYEE MANUAL REGARDING TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA   
Commissioners unanimously approved changes in Section 700 of the Cedar Key Employee Manual, Technology, and Social Media.  Among other things, the amendment limits personal use of city equipment and use to work hours, and provides guidelines regarding e-mail, storing, and transferring documents, Internet use, social media, and passwords responsibility.
 
CEMETERY DISCUSSION
Commissioner and Cemetery Liaison Nickie Rucker reported having spoken with long-time Cedar Key Cemetery Trustees Delaino, Schlemer, and Padgett, all of whom are no longer interested in serving as trustees.
 
Commissioners discussed continuing to use the Trustees as advisors, as much history is captured by them, but administering the Cemetery functions under the auspices of the city.


 
CEDAR KEY CRA MEETS
September 5, 2017
 
Meeting Specifics:
The Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency met on Tuesday, September 5, 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 Director Bill Crandley, City Clerk Nicole Gill, Assistant City Clerk Crystal Sharp, and Donna Risker.
  
Among those in the audience were: Rebecca Gallagher, Beth Mizell, Peggy Herrick, Jim Wortham, Bill Heckler, James Custer, Margy VanLandingham, Michael Hancock, Buddy Scoggins, John Blouse, Bob and Jeri Treat, and Mandy and Frank Offerle.
 
PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment was offered.
 
2017-2018 BUDGET APPROVED
Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution 2017-1, the 2017-2018 budget.   The total amount of estimated ad valorem tax revenue is predicted to be $540,937.10; the total expenditures will equal that amount.
 
SUNTRUST BOND
Chair Nelson presented members with an August 20, 2017, letter from SunTrust Vice-President Kenneth Schult stating that:  the Cedar Key CRA is in “default”; the bank is willing to restructure the loan “to cure the existing default and to prevent further defaults in the future.”
 
The letter continues “the bank will agree (to the restructuring), if the CRA will make a payment of all interest that will have accrued on the Note to February 1, 2018, and will pay down the outstanding principal to $5,356,000 on such date . . .”
 
Commissioners agreed that the CRA is not in “default” and that the language used by the bank is in error. Instead, the CRA is abiding by the precise content of the bank loan note. The CRA has always performed in compliance with the terms of the note. That content requires the city to repay the loan with Tax Increment Funs only; no funds from the city, tax or otherwise, may be used to repay the debt.
The note also states that should the TIF funds be less than is due to SunTrust at the two times a year payment is required, that amount is all that they are required to pay. The debt continues until the complete debt is eventually paid off, with no time limit specified.
 
 
This is not the first time SunTrust has asked the CRA to restructure the loan.  In past attempts, the bank has suggested diminishing the amount due and extending the loan for a longer period; the bank would garner much more money in interest with such an extension. 
    
Chair Nelson reported that the “bank wants to clear up its books.”  Member Register stated his belief that should the “city” want to borrow money in the future, this debt would work against such a loan.  Colson reminded all that the city and the CRA are two different entities and the CRA is not in default but abiding by the content of the note.   Attorney Fugate explained that “even if the bank wanted to recall the loan, they could get no more than they are getting now.” 
  
Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to talk further with SunTrust.  New to her CRA position, Nickie Rucker, Dale Register, and Chair Royce Nelson voted yes; Heath Davis and Sue Colson voted no.
 
The SunTrust letter can be viewed by clicking on the site below.
 
MINUTES APPROVED
Minutes from the July 18, 2017, CRA meeting were unanimously approved.
 
MEETING ADJOURNED
The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:17 pm. 
 
*********
 

 
 
COMMISSION ADVISES HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS NOW
September 6, 2017

At its September 5, 2017, meeting and before other business was attended to, the Cedar Key City Commission advised residents to take great care in preparing g for Category 5 Hurricane Irma. 

  • Emergency Operations Director and Fire Chief Robert Robinson told all to “If an evacuation is called, please, leave the island on this one.”  He reminded everyone to:
    • turn off their electricity before they leave;
    • secure and turn off their propane tanks;
    • some propane tanks have not yet been secured after Hurricane Hermine.
  • When asked if a Cedar Key evacuation order had been called, Mayor Davis explained that the State of Florida makes that call. 
  • Mayor Davis also advised residents:
    •  to prepare several routes to their temporary alternate destinations as roads will be clogged;
    • that now is not too early to begin preparations;
    • not to rely on local shelters.
  • *****

LEVY COUNTY
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM..
SIGN UP NOW...TODAY
September 6, 2017
SEPT 6 ALERT LEVY COUNTY
 
CLICK BELOW TO SIGN UP TO BE NOTIFIED OF ALERTS
 
*****

 
 

 

PROPOSED HOG PROCESSING PLANT
REQUESTS A SPECIAL EXCEPTION FROM BOCC
 
The swine and sheep harvesting facility (Frank Stronach, Sleepy Creek Lands, LLC) that was originally proposed for Marion County, and brought to Levy County about two years ago, is now petitioning the Levy County commission for a Special Exception to allow a Food Processing Plant in an ARR zoning district.
 
The Hog slaughtering facility is planned to be located north of the intersection of County Road 347 and US Highway 19/98, about two miles south of Chiefland. The facility has been reviewed by the Levy County Development Department Staff and the Department Director and now goes to the commission this Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
 
The Levy County BOCC meeting agenda and supporting documents can be found at the following links: 
 
 
 
*********
 
 

Bottom Banner Sign