Cedar Key

At first light I hung around the shell boat ramp, behind the new marina, talking with and photographing fishermen coming and going. I learned later that Heat Davis convinced the city commission to buy this land for $250,000, driving his point home with pictures of the new blue, metal marina, which many locals dislike, followed by pictures of the old “Cedar Key” way. He told them this was their chance to preserve water access for the fishermen who were otherwise being pushed off the island by land prices, they agreed and bought the land that makes up the natural boat ramp plus an adjacent area for parking vehicles.It was there that I met Chris Topping and hitched an airboat ride with him, Mike Beckham, and their two cohorts out to a new clam lease they will be planting. It was an exhilarating ride though the wind cut through my jeans like they were mesh. Next time I will wear waders like the others on the boat. We met Jerry Beckham and his 320pound nephew out on the water and I rode back with them in their Carolina Skiff.View new photography at www.carltonward.com