Cedar Key Daily Photo

Relocated to a quirky little island off the west coast of Florida and I'm in my element. Well, I'm a Pisces afterall. Surrounded by water and nature makes each day a gift. Our little town of 900 permanent residents is special, so visit here for photos and I'll share it with you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

City Hall


This is the Cedar Key City Hall. What's interesting about it is the fact that our City Clerk, Miss Frances, grew up in this structure. This was her girlhood home and her office today (window on left) was her childhood bedroom. The main room to the right is where our City Commissioners meetings are held twice a month. The rear of the building houses our Police Department. Rather than tearing down these older structures, I like the fact that Cedar Key restores them for other purposes.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Waiting


These are two of the Historic buildings downtown that are waiting for restoration that's part of the Redevelopment project on the island. The one on the right had a bakery downstairs many years ago with the owner and family living above. I'll have a blog on Monday about a member of that family. These will eventually be retail shops, but as of right now, nobody knows any more info.
  • NOTE: I'll be attending a writers conference this weekend in Orlando. So I'll see you on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Second Street

Second Street could also be called "Main." It's the downtown area where our 2 banks are, City Hall, the Island Hotel, antique shops, a few restaurants, the Post Office and library. In other words, the "hub" of our little town.
As you can see, it's also fairly quiet and finding a parking spot (especially with my golf cart) is never a problem.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Island Hotel

As the sign says, the Island Hotel has been here since 1859. Guests and employees claim to have witnessed ghosts in the upstairs rooms and a TV show was filmed about it. The Neptune Bar is the hang-out for guests and locals alike and Friday and Saturday nights it's always fun to stop by for a drink and hear the great jazz by Joel Benefiel.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sculpture

Yeah, okay....it's not exactly Parisian art. It's also not the Gloucester Fisherman in Massachusetts. But it does depict our little fishing village here on the island. I'm not sure who the artist is, but no doubt it's a local. So he now graces what is being developed into our Sculpture Garden, next door to the Arts Center. The more I look at it....the more I like it. He's a true representation of our quirky Cedar Key.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Sculpture Garden



Cedar Key is a haven for both writers and artists. We have a great Arts Center downtown and right beside it they've created what will be our Sculpture Garden....a place to sit with coffee, observe sculptures by local artists and watch the world go by. One of the first sculptures appeared a couple weeks ago and if you promise not to laugh (yeah, it's pretty funky) I'll promise to post it here tomorrow.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Cedar Key Fire Dept.



Since we're a small town of only 800 permanent residents, we have a volunteer fire and rescue department. The firemen and EMT's carry beepers with them 24/7. We do have 911 available here on the island, our phone call goes to Bronson about 40 miles away, and they immediately dispatch the info to the beepers. I have to say it appears to work very well. And I also have to say, we've been fortunate not to have many fires on the island. The last one was well over a year ago, when one of the homes on Piney Point caught on fire after being struck by lightening. Having a volunteer dept. is just one of the many things that differs from living in a large city.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Weekend Tourists


We might be a sleepy, little, fishing village during the week but the weekends always bring the tourists. The bridge leading to Dock Street is empty Monday through Friday, but when I went downtown this morning to get our mail at the PO, vehicles were already parked on the bridge. Tourists generate money for the island, which is always good. But they're usually gone by Monday, which is also very nice....leaving our island paradise quiet once again.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Tree Huggers

I had the pleasure this afternoon to visit one of the locals on the island for an interview in my newspaper column.
The tree coming from below, up through his top deck, is indication of how the islanders take pride and care of all that's natural here on our island. He explained rather than cut the tree down, they built their home around it 25 years ago.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Cedar Key Valentine


My Cedar Key Valentine was a Hibiscus blooming in my front yard, despite the fact it's winter elsewhere in the country.
I'm experimenting with my new Aiptek Mini Pencam. It'll take some getting used to, but I think I'll like it for some outdoor shots, especially in crowded places. Due to the tiny size one is able to discretely carry it in their palm. From now on, to distinguish between my Kodak digital and my Pencam I'll note which was used.
Happy Valentine Day to all!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Till Next Week


Just wanted to let everyone know I'm going out of town today for a writers conference in south Florida. So I'll see all of you early next week.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Our Wildlife


Living on an island, we're surrounded by wildlife. Just offshore from Cedar Key, this is one example of the protection and solitude that they inhabit. Our area is home to osprey, ibis, cranes, and even the bald eagle.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Seahorse Key Lighthouse

Seahorse Key is offshore from Cedar Key and about a 20 minute boat ride. The lighthouse there hasn't been used since the 1930's. However, the property is used by students at the University of Florida in Gainesville for research and learning.
The island itself is a wildlife refuge and only open to the public twice a year.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Osprey Nest

A common sight all over the island are osprey nests. They can be seen soaring and gliding in the skies above Cedar Key and making visits back to their nests. I've always felt the osprey symbolizes the laid back, free spirit, attitude of living here.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Old Glory

Following 911 flags were seen flying everywhere in this country. From car windows, houses, places of business. Almost 5 years later, they're not as abundant. However, as this one proves, our flag still flies from private homes and public places.