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December 31, 2015

Nine folks dedicated to beautifying Cedar Key meet yesterday morning in the Cedar Key RV Presort Clubhouse nine miles north of Cedar Key on State Road 24.  

Bunny Hand led the group and explained that she was not asking for money; indeed, she said, many money requests are present already around town.  Instead, Hand asked for physical help in the beautification effort.  

The group overviewed some projects soon to come.  Some of these ideas were suggested by Cedar Key Commissioner Sue Colson.  Hand, ably assisted by Joe Hand, came prepared with a video showing many of the areas of which show was to highlight.

  • The area directly across from the Market on State Road 24 will gain a bench and small eating area if the location can be cleaned up, neatened up, and cared for regularly.
  • Cedar Key enjoys a lush canopy of well over 150 Heritage trees, trees that have been deemed valuable because of species, age, of significant size, aesthetic, historical or horticultural value,  and worthy of care.  Many are located on city property.  Several Heritage bay trees have died recently because of the laurel wilt disease infecting the area.  The expired trees need replacement. DEC 29 SUNFLOWER images
  • An Education Day, which would help residents and visitors understand what plants are native, what plants are invasive, how to properly care for mangroves, etc.,   may occur in March of 2016.
  • Arbor Day will precede the Cedar Key Garden Club’s March 5 Plant Sale and will focus on encouraging residents and visitors to plant trees and increase the canopy.
  • The need for additional shade trees in City Park was mentioned.
  • Conversation occurred about replacing the spartina grass, currently around the Marina area, with muhly grass.
  • Weed pulling, whenever weeds are seen, is enthusiastically encouraged by Bunny Hand.  “The weeds that pop up between concrete sidewalks sections drive me crazy,” says Hand.
  • Participant Kathy remarked on the difficulty off litter.  Perhaps, a “do not litter” campaign could be planned.

The group decided upon a January 21 Cedar Key Beautification Work Day.  The group will meet and begin working across the street from the Market at 9 am.  They plan to work until approximately 12 noon.  Hand also encouraged everyone to certainly work on their own at whatever they see that would beautify Cedar Key.