Cedar Key named Rural Community of the Year


Cedar Key showed off its nearly renovated Big Dock over the 4th of July weekend, including a set of steps and a ramp leading to the five foot higher dock surface.

Karen Voyles/ Staff
Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 10:04 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 10:04 a.m.

Cedar Key has been named Florida's Rural Community of the Year by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Federal agriculture officials plan to formally present the award on Feb. 3 and deliver a sign for the city to erect at the city limits.

While the award brings no financial award or other prize, it is invaluable to the island city, according to

Greg Lang, director of the city's Community Redevelopment Agency.

"The reason we are going hog wild playing up this thing is that if we can help get the word out about Cedar Key, then maybe we can bring some visitors who want to visit our businesses and do some business here - spend some money during their visit," Lang said.

In the application for the designation, city leaders pointed out the work done in recent years to improve the community, for example the addition of a parking lot for clammers and other commercial fishermen in order to free up parking space for recreational boaters.

Andrea Dennison, who is coordinating the awards ceremony, said the application process was detailed and required confirming inspections by USDA representatives.

In a news release about the award, Mayor Sue Colson credited the residents.

“The diversity of our people is the key to our success,” said Colson. “We balance the protection of our abundant natural resources and our rich history. Tourists are attracted from all over the world who experience our unspoiled charm. This award is a great honor and a testament to the spirit of cooperation in our community.”

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p. m. on Feb. 3 outside City Hall and will conclude with a homemade-desserts social.

For more information about the event, contact Dennison at (352)543-6313 or cedarkeyachieves@live.com.

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