Attention All Hands – Event Cancelled!
With much reluctance and great frustration, we find we are forced to cancel the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion Weekend planned for May 1-3, 2020. There are several major factors which led us to this difficult decision:
1) The health and well-being of the citizens of Cedar Key and our pirate community are most important. It’s clear that a large gathering, even 40+ days out yet, is probably not a good idea. Indications are that the virus outbreak will still be hanging around well into the month of May (or longer).
2) Due to directives from the Florida governor’s office, many Cedar Key businesses have had to close or operate on severely limited capacity. It would not serve the community or our patrons well to bring a horde of people into town when the hospitality infrastructure is not prepared for it.
3) Some of our supporting crews have suspended or canceled their activities for the next 8 weeks. It would be very difficult to produce a quality festival without their involvement.
4) Although many of our vendors are struggling with the cancellation of so many spring events, we do not believe it will be helpful to continue with our festival if travel restrictions and limited attendance result in a poor turnout. We will be processing full refunds for all vendor fees already paid.
We have not discussed rescheduling yet, that’s another conversation for when things begin to return to normal. But the management team remains dedicated to making the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion Weekend a regular event once again. Thanks to all who have supported us on this rough passage! Hold fast and stay the course, we’ll meet again on the shores of Cedar Key!
Wondering what we’re all about? Check out some pix of Cedar Key and past Invasions …
Photo Credits: Thanks to Hawkeye Jim, Dan Hart, Ann Poche, Cindy Svec, Christine Ford, Taylor Murphy, John Lock and anyone else that we missed. As always, if we missed your contribution or if there’s a photo you want removed – email firstname.lastname@example.org