Today marks the one year anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill. The spill lasted for 85 days and killed 11 men who were aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. 206 gallons spewed from the Gulf well. A year later, Cedar Key is working to improve its emergency management to deal with a worst case scenario. Cedar Key Mayor Pat O’Neal says when the Gulf oil spill began the city realized it was unprepared. He says oil never actually hit their shores, but the local economy has yet to fully recover.
Cedar Key working to improve emergency management systems
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The Cade Museum held its ground-breaking ceremony Oct. 2 and is scheduled to open in 2017. The museum will celebrate the legacy of Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade, in the 50th anniversary of the sports drink.
Former Gator great Thaddeus Bullard is completing his challenge of 3,000 volunteer hours to the Gator Nation. Along the way, he stopped by the St. Francis House house to help serve food and mingle with the crowd.
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