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Cedar Key Climate Conference & John Muir 150th Anniversary Trek Tribute

Presented by Sierra Club Florida
November 10-11, 2017

Nov. 10 – Cedar Key Climate Change Conference
Nov. 11 – Tribute to Sierra Club Founder John Muir 150th Anniversary Florida Travels

Join us for one or both days!

Registration is Open!

Can we save Cedar Key before it’s too late? The tiny coastal island off Florida’s Big Bend is a historic gem but is also one the most-threatened Florida coastal islands in the face of climate change and sea level rise.  The  conference is to provide a real world examination of the research of climate change and sea level rise as it affects Cedar Key and the Levy County coast by a University of Florida research team. The Cedar Key community will present information on their efforts at adaptation and the future issues. The closing speaker, Dr. D. Yogi Goswami, of the University of South Florida, will examine climate change issues on a state, national and international dimension. Evening: A Clambake Dinner with entertainment by Anna White Hodges.

The John Muir 150th Anniversary Florida Travels Tribute will look at the great explorer’s travels in Florida with presentations on: Muir’s time in Florida; the Lime Key of Muir’s sketch in 1867; Sarah Hodgson property where Muir recovered from illness; medical state of Muir’s typhomalarial fever, and finally, a re-dedication of the John Muir Marker. Evening: Social Time at Cedar Key Historical Society Museum. Sponsored by Suwannee-St. Johns Sierra Club and Cedar Key Historical Society.


Tickets are $17 per day, plus service charge, and include lunch.
Friday Dinner and entertainment $15

If you live or work on or near a coastal island, this conference is for you!

Friday, November 10

Climate Change Conference

Cedar Key Community Center

9:00 Opening:  Moderator: Frank Jackalone cedarkeymap
9:15 Kathryn Frank, UF Urban and Regional Planning Department
Introduction to sea level rise, coastal hazards, and adaptation planning in Cedar Key

9:45 Morris (Marty) Hylton, UF Historic Preservation Program
Cedar Key flood simulation video and historic documentation using 3D laser scanning and GIS

10:45 Michael Volk, UF Landscape Architecture Department
Sea level rise impacts across Cedar Key and the landscape, development projections, conservation priorities

11:15 Kristin Buckingham and Jennifer Krouchick, masters students in UF Urban and Regional Planning
Documenting Cedar Key’s informal emergency preparedness and disaster response procedures

11:40 Belinda Nettles, doctoral candidate in UF Urban and Regional Planning
Possible hazard mitigation and adaptation strategies for historic and cultural resources

12:00 Lunch provided

1:00 Heath Davis, Mayor of Cedar Key
Stories of coastal change and Cedar Key’s history (such as changes at 3rd Street dock)

1:15 Sue Colson, Cedar Key City Council
Flooding and impacts from Hurricane Hermine 2016
City strategies for coastal hazard mitigation and adaptation to sea level rise (incl. City Hall, bridge, power lines), economic vitality, and quality of life

1:45 John McPherson, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District

Water infrastructure strategies (incl. stormwater effects on wastewater systems)

2:00 Guided walking tour beginning at the Community Center

Guides: Mark Clark UF Soil and Water Science, Sue Colson, and others. Visit G Street erosion and living shoreline, G Street low-lying manhole, solar panels, clams carbon sequestration, and more

2:45 Return to Community Center, break

5:00 – 6:00 pm Social Time

8:00   Cedar Key Steamed Clam Dinner or Smoked Chicken Dinner with cash bar, and entertainment by Anna White Hodges. Separate charge of $15 (see RSVP page). A Cash Bar of beer, wine and water will be available.

November 11

John Muir 150th Anniversary of Travels in Florida johnmuirphoto

Cedar Key Community Center

9:00—9:15   Opening:  Moderator: Frank Jackalone

9:15—10:00  “John Muir in Florida”   Merald Clark

10:00—10:30   “Lime Key” Amy Gernhardt, Executive Director, Cedar Key Historical Society  and Mayor Heath Davis

10:30—11:15   “Sarah Hodgson Property” Andrea Dennison

11:15—Noon “Muir’s 1867 Illness: Typhomalaria”   Dr. Rob Norman

Noon—1:00   Lunch provided

Cedar Key Museum State Park

1:00—1:30   Travel to the Museum

1:30—1:45    Re-Dedication of John Muir Historical Marker – Florida Chapter Sierra Club

1:45—2:00  Tour the State Park Museum, Merald Clark

2:00—3:15  “Deuteronomy Clark’s Memories of Muir” (including discussion at the end)

Cedar Key Historical Society Museum

4:30—6:00  Social time at the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum sponsored by the Suwannee – St. Johns Group, Sierra Club and the Cedar Key Historical Society. No charge.


Lodging in Cedar Key

Participants are responsible for their own lodging. Please note this list is merely to assist those seeking accommodations, and should not be construed as recommendations.

Bed & Breakfast

Cedar Key Bed & Breakfast, 810 3rd Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625 Tel: 352-543-9000 http://cedarkeybedandbreakfast.com

Island Hotel & Restaurant, 373 2nd Street, Cedar Key, FL  32625 Tel: 352-543-5111  http://www.islandhotel-cedarkey.com

Homes and Apartments for rent: https://www.hometogo.com/  Shows listing prices and a map of Cedar Key where units are located.

Inns, Hotels, Motels

Beach Front Motel, 873 First St., Cedar Key, FL  32525   Tel: 352-543-9960 http://www.cedarkeybeachfrontmotel.com
Cedar Inn, 410 2nd  & B Streets, Cedar Key, FL  32625 Tel: 352-543-5455 https://www.facebook.com/cedarinncedarkey/
Cedar Key Harbour Master Suites, 390 Dock St, Cedar Key, FL 32625 Tel: 352-543-9146  &  352-543-9320 http://www.cedarkeyharbourmaster.com
Dockside Hotel, 491 Dock Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625 Tel: 352-543-5432 https://www.facebook.com/Cedar-Key-Dockside-Motel-515811358538478/
Faraway Inn, 847 3rd Street, Cedar Key, FL  32625 Tel: 352-543-5330  https://farawayinn.com
Low Key Hideaway, 12050 FL-24, Cedar Key, FL 32625  Tel: 352-543-0700  https://www.facebook.com/lowkeyhideaway/
Mermaid’s Landing, 12717 FL-24, Cedar Key 32625  Tel: 352-543-5949 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mermaids-Landing-Cottages/104969832880027/
Pirates Cove Bayside Cottages, 12633 FL-24, Cedar Key, FL 32625  Tel: 352-543-5141  http://www.piratescovecottages.com/cottages.html

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