[Note: Cedar Key is located on a small island off the west coast of central Florida, about 75 miles from Ocala. It is a unique fishing/clamming community pretty much unchanged since its inception.
The first photo below is mine. The other photos I borrowed from the Internet. We had no desire to visit Cedar Key in the middle of Hurricane Hermine.]
Originally, this was a restaurant known as the Captain's Table.
Somewhere along the line it became a bar called Coconuts.
It's last incarnation was as the Rusty Rim.
The Rusty Rim caught fire and was severely damaged.
It has been sitting vacant for several years as per the photo below.
Hermine came through yesterday and pretty much destroyed what was left of the Rusty rim.
Hermine also left a trail of trash along a downtown street.
And what would a hurricane be without some moron reporting while standing on the Cedar Key pier?
Past experience with hurricanes has led the powers-that-be in Cedar Key to require than new homes be built on stilts. In one storm some years ago the water rose to 12 feet above sea level. According to the news reports during Hurricane Hermine, Cedar Key was experiencing a water rise of 7 feet above sea level.
We have great affection for Cedar Key, first visiting the island in 1988. Down through the years we have taken hundreds if not thousands of photos in Cedar Key. You can see many of those photos by visiting our Cedar Key blog here.