From Director Mike Allen –
We were very fortunate at NCBS to have minimal damage from Hurricane Michael. The NCBS site had about 2-3 feet of water, but our team had moved everything upstairs and we sustained no lasting damage. Our hearts go out to our colleagues in the Florida Panhandle, and we wish them the best during clean up and recovery from the storm.
The Lighthouse Restored
This month we completed an interior renovation of the lighthouse at Seahorse Key. Repainting and refinishing of the floors made this the most complete renovation of the inside of the structure over at least the past 40 years. Local painter Scott Bullard and his team completed the painting and refinished the floors , which revealed beautiful heart pine wood floors throughout the structure. This renovation was funded by the Florida Lighthouse Association, Dale Henderson, and help from the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. We are thankful for these partners that made these renovations possible. On the October 20th Seahorse Key Marine Lab Open House, visitors were the first to see the fresh paint and floors.
The aquarium at the NCBS facility is up and running, and was a hit during the Cedar Key Seafood Festival on October 20 and 21. This was a great venue for educating the public about the ongoing science in our region, and the town was fortunate to receive an estimated 10,000 visitors. Special thanks to our partners including the Suwannee River Water Management District who constructed a mural of the Suwannee River Basin in the aquarium area, and to Duke Energy for donating some of the fish in the aquarium. Bob and Barb Hudson, Dale Henderson, and Nancy Taylor all contributed to the touch tank and Diamondback Terrapin display that will be highlighted in the facility. Please stop by and see these new additions when visiting Cedar Key!